Gerald Raftery

USA writer and journalist, although best know as a poet. His poetry is studied on American school syllabuses. Raftery wrote two horse books, Snow Cloud Stallion being by far the most well known and widely published, although his other horse story is perhaps more thought-provoking and original. He also wrote two other non-pony books for children.

Horse & Pony Books:

SNOW CLOUD STALLION
(BODLEY HEAD [UK] 1953)
ILLUSTRATED BY IMRE HOFBAUER
Reprinted in hardback by Longmans (with pictorial boards?) with illustrations by Victor Ambrus
Reprinted many times by Puffin paperbacks
EDITION PICTURED: Puffin paperback
SUMMARY: Ken falls in love with a beautiful white horse he spots running wild one afternoon. Despite the horse's reputation as savage, Ken manages to win the stallion's trust. But can the horse prove his worth and that his reputation is unfounded?

TWENTY DOLLAR HORSE
(MESSNER 1955)
ILLUSTRATED BY BERNARD SAFRAN
Reprinted in hardback by Hale
EDITION PICTURED: 1st edition?
SUMMARY: Two boys Jack and Teddy buy a horse from a carnival and hope to keep him in secret. But troubles occur, not only from the horse escaping and letting the secret out, but from the fact that the two boys have different colour skins in a time when race was a weighty issue.

Collectors Info:
Snow Cloud Stallion was for some reason first published in the UK, although the author is American and the story is set there also. It is very easy to find here, especially in paperback. The other book was not published in the UK and is thus a lot harder to get hold of here, although a fairly easy find in the USA.