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Jill's Gymkhana [Paperback]

Ruby Ferguson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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30 Oct 2009
Jill unexpectadly finds herself the proud owner of Farmer Clay's piebald pony. But that's when her problems begin because ponies are expensive. Where will she find the money?
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Fidra Books Ltd (30 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906123209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906123208
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely blast from the past 28 Jan 2012
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I loved the Jill books when I was a child & after 45+ years I suddenly found a link to this book by accident & couldn't resist buying it as all my old Jill books fell apart from so much use. I was thrilled to find that this book is published with the original text (some of the newer versions updated the language to reflect modern times) as this was the text of my original books. I throughly enjoyed reading this again and found that my memory hadn't played tricks on me - Jill still seems an independent resourceful girl and I still found parts of it funny, just as I had when a pony mad girl all those years ago. I have to say I don't like the cover much, I would have preferred the original cover which would seem more in keeping with the period of the book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pony series ever written 11 Nov 2003
By A Customer
I first read this series when I was 8 or 9 and 25 years later I still re-read it about once a year. Jill is completely realistic and hysterically funny, and I completely identified with her trials and tribulations in getting a pony and learning to ride.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will stay with you forever 4 Dec 2012
Like some other reviewers, I first read this as a pony mad child. Now I've been a horse mad adult for many years and it still makes me laugh. The stories are set in a post war rural England that today's children may need a little explanation to understand, but the situation of an enthusiastic kid learning to ride is timeless. Jill is a vibrant and likeable character at odds with her setting in life. She takes on the snooty rich, equestrian know-it-alls and kids who are more interested in winning prizes than good horsemanship. The values of putting one's pony's comfort first and practising the basics over and over have stayed with me. Ferguson's masterstroke is the character Martin who becomes Jill's riding mentor. A disabled war veteran, he finds new purpose in passing on his equestrian knowledge and gives some male balance in a girls' story. A classic for all generations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia! 8 July 2012
By louise
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I couldn't believe this book was still available 45 years after I first read it.I'm halfway through re reading and enjoying every second. I loved these books as a child and am glad to report that this one at least is a s good as I remembered.Thanks to the publishers for reissuing this,I'll be ordering the others in the series too.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely read 19 Jun 2002
By A Customer
i have enjoyed this book since my eigth birthday. i have re-read it many times and still find it fun. The story of jills struggle to learn to ride and keep her pony black boy is brillliant to read and the book is quite comic too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jill's Gymkhana 27 July 2012
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
While this is set some time ago, it is a good lead-in to pony books for pony-mad kids who haven't learnt to ride yet, and it can be quite funny as well as practical.
Jill and her mother are new to a cottage with a stable and field. Jill manages to buy a pony and tack from a nearby farmer, and then the two figure out how to put the tack on and up she gets to ride. Luckily the pony Black Boy is quiet and willing. There is little traffic so she can ride around lanes where she meets her nemesis Susan Pike who scorns her scruffy look and lack of know-how. Jill doesn't tell her mother but takes a look at herself, smartens herself up and gets riding lessons from a local gentleman who is in a wheelchair. At school she meets Ann who is a good friend with her own pony and the two start to compete in local gymkhanas (pony shows) with increasing success. Even the self-styled expert Susan has to watch out.
This was the first lone-parent family book I ever read, and the first to include a person in a wheelchair. People just looking at the pony aspect tend to forget how inclusive and ahead of its time the book was in that way. I can recommend it but teens may be bored because it is a little too simple for advanced readers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jills gymkhana 15 Oct 2010
By isabel
My favourite book as a child, read it so many times as well as the whole collection. Am now buying it for my friends daughters as I have sons!
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