The Princess and the Foal by Stacy Gregg
There is something about girls and horses that make this subject an endearing part of children’s literature.
The subject matter of this latest novel from Stacy Gregg makes this novel special because it is about a real life princess HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan. She is now the wife of the Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and is a former Olympic showjumper.
This is her story as a young girl and fascinating reading it makes. Princess Haya pushed the boundaries in a conservative environment where girls were given few opportunities. In this novel she survives an English governess and boarding school, prejudice from some men and leads the Royal House team against the men in the Kings Cup equestrian team. You will have read this novel to find out how she got on.
There is good horse talk in this book as Stacy Gregg knows her onions. Princess Haya lost her mother in a helicopter accident when she was 3years old. She became very attached to horses and was given a foal by her father the King, after the foal lost her mother in a breach birth. the two become firm friends and a competitive team.
A story within this novel that i found most interesting was the fate of two horses given to the king of Jordan by the Americans. They sent them by ship and because the horses could not move they seized up. To sort it they lowered them into the sea on arrival forcing the horses to swim ashore. This loosened them up good and proper.
highly recommended for Intermediate, primary students and anyone who loves horses and show jumping.