A Very Young Rider written and photographed by Jill Krementz
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Second Printing. Hardcover. Unpaginated : photographic illustrations ; 29 cm. Small nickel size soiling to the front free endpaper and half title page. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
With the same charm, the same realism and authenticity of her immensely successful A Very Young Dancer, Jill Krementz now takes us into the world of a young rider and her pony. Through her marvelous pictures and words we come to share the dreams and the daily reality of ten-year-old Vivi Malloy, whose life is passionately taken up with riding and with her love for horses; in particular her own pony, Ready Penny.
We see her caring for Penny—mucking out her stall, feeding her, grooming her, teaching her, loving her. We see the vet giving Penny a checkup and the farrier making her new shoes. We see Vivi herself being taught—equitation, basic dressage, jumping. We see Vivi and Penny together at the big horse shows last summer, getting ready to compete, going over the jumps, winning (and losing). Her dearest ambition: to ride one day on the Olympic team.
We see what it means to be responsible for a horse of one's own—the hard work and the dedication; what it means to be serious about competition (and we watch Vivi's older sister actually riding in the Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden). We learn about Pony Club. We meet some of the greats of the horse world: George Morris, Buddy Brown, Rodney Jenkins, kathy Kusner. We learn a lot about what horses are like, and what the life of people serously committed to horses is like. And we feel with Vivi when she becomes too big for the pony she loves—both the sadness at parting and the excitement of a new (and larger) pony.
This is a book whose excitement and fun will delight every child who loves horses and every one —of any age—who rides, or dreams of riding.
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