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Equestrian Fiction for Long Evenings

At E-venting we have an addiction to horse fiction. Thanks to the modern wonders of a Kindle we keep finding books we wish we had access to as a teenager. None of these books are going to be winning Pulitzer prizes but they are like the equivalent of calorie free chocolate. Entertaining, slightly implausible and reading about a world that is glam that beats the reality of mud and rain in the UK.

I am not sure we would go as far as recommending these books but we are cheerily consuming them at a rapid speed! Please comment if you have any other additions you feel we have missed out.

The Dressage Chronicles – Karen McGoldrick (3 in the series)

Working pupil joins a dressage rider and it’s her adventures along the way.

Summer Circuit – Kim Ablon Whitney (3 in the series)

I have a fascination with the world of hunter/jumpers in the USA and this book covers this. The horse stuff is well written and I managed to consume all three books in two days as they are mildly addictive. Girl meets good looking, straight, talented horse rider and it’s what happens along the way.

Rough Ride/Big Bucks – PJ King

Country living and horses feature heavily. Kind of a straighter, less ridiculous Fiona Walker.

Polo – Jilly Cooper

By far, the best of the lot. If you only read one Jilly Cooper, this is the one to read. The most recent ones have completely lost their way.

Well Groomed – Fiona Walker

Set in the world of eventing. To be honest I dislike the main female protagonist but it’s a good enough read.

In the Pink – Molly Watson

This is a fun book about hunting and it’s even more amusing to spot members of the Ledbury Hunt who feature as characters.

The A Circuit – Georgina Bloomberg (4 in the series)

Written by US show jumper Georgina Bloomberg and set in the showjumping world. It looks like glitzy trash that is perfect for a miserable day.

Ambition – Natalie Keller Reinert (2 in the series)

Book set in the world of American eventing following the story of Jules and her highs and lows.

Eventer’s Dream – Caroline Akrill (3 in the series)

I grew up reading this book and loved it. It is the story of Elaine who goes to work as a groom in order to make it as an eventer.

The One Dollar Horse – Lauren St John (3 in the series)

We have not read this yet but I will add it to a list but it is set in the world of eventing. A girl follows her dreams of eventing at top level.


About the author


An amateur rider who produces all her own horses. I have competed at novice level and sadly never got further due to bad luck with horses but I am still ambitious to achieve a lot more. I have a riding qualification in UKCC2 and a diploma in NLP. Sports science and particularly the mental game fascinates me. For a day job I work for a large multinational brand.