Little girls. Fat hairy ponies. Hook-nosed riding teachers, riders on backward, and horses gone madly off course.
The artist Norman Thelwell published his first pony cartoon in 1953, and quite by accident, his name became synonymous with these kinds of images.
The response was instantaneous, he wrote in his autobiography. Suddenly I had fan mail...I dreamed up some more horsey ideas and people went into raptures.
The Thelwell pony soon became the most-often referenced source of horse-humour the world over.
In 1957, Thelwell’s first collection of pony cartoons, Angels on Horseback, was published, followed by A Leg at Each Corner in 61, and Riding Academy in 63.
In this Anniversary Special Collection, readers get all three classics, featuring page after page of Thelwells hilarious cartoons along with his often blisteringly accurate advice for survival in and around the equine herd.
Whether audiences open Pony Calvacade out of nostalgia or curiosity, the delightful details of Thelwell's illustrations and timeless wit of his caricatures and asides are a sure fire way to change a day for the better, and certain to send a new generation of fat-hairy-pony-lovers out to the barn to test the truths within.
Debi defies the odds against her - first, by becoming a top competitor in a field reserved for the wealthy, and then by surviving a near-fatal riding accident.
After the accident, on a horse the experts thought was nothing special, a determined rider from the wrong side of the tracks defies all the odds to pursue her dreams of winning the National Show Jumping Championship.
Fuelled by sheer force of will and fierce courage, Debi wins the US national jumping championship on a horse once slated for slaughter.
A CHRISTMAS PROMISE (aka A HORSE TAIL) - FAMILY HORSE MOVIE - DVD
Michael Thompson is a big city accountant raising teenage daughter, Chloe, all on his own. When an opportunity comes for him to take a working Christmas vacation with Chloe at a beautiful horse farm in the country, he jumps at the opportunity.
Samantha Harrison is 3rd generation horse farmer with a farm on the brink of foreclosure and a chip on her shoulder. When Michael meets Samantha sparks fly. Convinced that she doesn't need any help from a big city accountant, Samantha lets Michael know it every chance she gets.
Meanwhile Chloe has discovered a new best friend, Holly. Holly is thoroughbred who could be the answer to saving the farm and Christmas.