Hardcover Ó The Team PDF á

Hardcover  Ó The Team PDF á Fourteen year old Ruth acquires what is considered an unsuitable pony and determines to train him so that she can become a member of the Pony Club team Sequel to Fly by Night What I enjoyed most about The Team was its cast of secondary characters, particularly the battleaxe of a Pony Club district commissioner Mrs Meredith Mrs Meredith has no compunction about sacrificing children s egos or even the odd broken limb to win a rally and there is no twenty first century hand holding to her style of coaching Peter McNair is also a truly unique character, utterly obsessed with his former pony Toadhill Flax, who was sold from under him by his horse dealer father Peter What I enjoyed most about The Team was its cast of secondary characters, particularly the battleaxe of a Pony Club district commissioner Mrs Meredith Mrs Meredith has no compunction about sacrificing children s egos or even the odd broken limb to win a rally and there is no twenty first century hand holding to her style of coaching Peter McNair is also a truly unique character, utterly obsessed with his former pony Toadhill Flax, who was sold from under him by his horse dealer father Peter is a faultless, determined rider despite the fact that every decent pony he s had has been sold for a profit, leaving him, as is memorably stated, with the pigs This is just a great classic British pony book, with independent children who ride about the countryside unsupervised on their ponies and who do outdoorsy things all day long like assemble motor bikes and gallop in the rain and snow It s beautifully written and the dialogue is just spot on My only quibble is the main heroine Ruth, Toadhill Flax s new owner, seems very passive When she experiences a riding breakthrough it is described as something that suddenly occurs, not something she works for, and even at the end of the book Ruth still constantly doubts herself It s always underlined that Peter is the better rider and Toad is a boy s pony The female heroine is really what dates the book,so than the fact that crash helmets are only used for show during PC rallies cross country I felt that compared with previous girl heroines of old pony books Ruth was unusually timid Still, well worth the read, especially for modern day Pony Clubbers A tale packed with real people, real horses, real occurrences I almost know these folks, almost rode those horses, almost had this happen to me I didn t ride Pony Club, which is under 16, but I competed in Riding Club at 16 and found many similarities An eventing team is being formed for a one day event, and a new purchase, a rogue, a stalwart pony and young riders are under consideration I notice that my copy was published in 1975 and film International Velvet came out a few years later wo A tale packed with real people, real horses, real occurrences I almost know these folks, almost rode those horses, almost had this happen to me I didn t ride Pony Club, which is under 16, but I competed in Riding Club at 16 and found many similarities An eventing team is being formed for a one day event, and a new purchase, a rogue, a stalwart pony and young riders are under consideration I notice that my copy was published in 1975 and film International Velvet came out a few years later wonder if the eventing team theme was an influence I read this book over three evenings and the night after I d finished, I dreamt I was picking up horses hooves to clean them, which I have not done in a few years I have not read Fly By Night, the first book about Ruth, and I m disappointed to note that in the third book she is described as pony rescuer Ruth but there is no mention of ponies and that continues to the following book Don t think I ll bother with those This is an unbiased review Just as good as Fly by Night

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