A few years ago, when I was still a bookseller, I sold a copy of a book called The Horsemaster's Notebook by Mary Rose. I was quite surprised when I sold it, because although a good book in its own right, vintage equestrian non fiction doesn't usually sell as quickly as that book did. I wondered if the buyer had confused that book with today's PBOTD, Don Stanford's The Horsemasters (1957). Yes, they had, and the book made its way back to me with a rather indignant note that it hadn't been the book the buyer was expecting.
|Funk & Wagnalls first edition, 1957|
Sadly The Horsemasters is very difficult to find these days, so I do wonder if that buyer ever managed to track a copy down. I found my copy when a friend told me there was one going on eBay, and was I interested? It was the first British edition, illustrated by Michael Lyne. Of course I was (more than) interested, and I beetled off and put a bid on, not expecting for one moment I'd get the book. Mine was the only bid. I share that with you because I am not normally lucky on eBay, so that occasion does rather stick in my memory.
|Harrap & Co; Co first UK edition, 1958|
Besides having ample experience of the physical slog necessary for an equine career, they learn to ride better, and above all, learn that people, and horses, are not always what they seem.
|Puffin paperback, 1976|
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For more on Don Stanford, including the other American editions, see his page on my website.