|Macmillan first edition|
If I'd read the series as a 14 year old, I expect I'd have found the whole situation intensely attractive. A 19 year old (19! Impossible god!) interested in me. It adds a whole new layer to the concept of wish fulfilment on which the pony book is based. Not only does this girl have the pony, she has the boy too.
Will to Win gets in a few more pony book tropes too: the disillusioned, handicapped-in-some-way, older figure who is prevailed upon to teach our inept heroine, and who finds a way through his difficulties because of it. There's also a yard baddie, Camilla, who has, you've guessed it, Too Much Money.
That said, the book's still a decent read, with believable characters and a decent plot.
It doesn't have a particularly interesting publishing history, in common with many books of the time. It was republished, with the same cover design, and was also given away as a freebie with the late lamented Horse and Pony Magazine.
|Horse & Pony Magazine edition|
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