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Four in the Saddle [1997]

  • Four in the Saddle – M&J: #313 (10 May 1997) – #314 (17 May 1997)
  • Four in the Saddle – Mandy Annual 1998
  • Artist: Julian Vivas

Plot

Cassie and Cindy Bridges live in Parkerville, a small town in Arizona, along with their friend Lori. They all like to ride their horses and also have an understanding with Mystery, leader of a wild herd of horses. Cassie and Cindy’s father is the town sheriff, so would like his daughters to set a good example and stay out of trouble. When new neighbours move into ranch nearby, Cassie is quite taken by the son, Jed. Cindy is of the opinion they don’t need boys in the group, Lori, the more quieter and sensible member of the group, think they should get to know him better first. The next day when the girls are out riding, Jed comes across them as he is riding to get help for a calf stuck down a ravine. Lori always prepared has a rope on hand and together they free the calf. When they question Jed about how he found the calf he says a wild black horse led him there. Knowing this must be Mystery, Cindy and Lori agree that the horse is usually right about people and that it would be okay for Jed to come riding with them.

In the Annual story, the girls are riding with Jed, they are watching out for Mystery and the other wild horses and they see something is wrong. They go closer to investigate. One of the horses collapses and Cassie convinces Mystery to let her have a closer look. Cindy and Jed go to fetch the vet, Mr Ewart, when he arrives he diagnoses the mare with equine flu, not usually fatal but dangerous for wild horses. He take the mare back to town for treatment. Cassie and the others keep an eye on the other wild horses and notice more sick. When they ask if Mr Ewart could vaccinate them, he says it would be impossible to inoculate all of them, even if he could catch them. The best action would be to isolate them but there is nowhere suitable, so likely the flu will spread and it will be survival of the fittest.

The group is horrified to hear this and try to come up with a plan to help Mystery and the other horses. Jed suggests a place in the foothills, known as The Lost Valley, the others say its too far for the horses in their condition. But they agree it might work if they leave the worst affected who can be treated by the vet. It is not an easy journey for the gang as they round up the wild horses, one mare dies along the way and they have a run in with a mountain lion (luckily it’s a young one that doesn’t attack), but eventually they make it. The group set up camp to keep an eye on the horses, a foul dies, but Cassie has idea to pair up that mare, with the motherless foal. Over a week later the herd are doing better, Mystery rears up as if thanking them. Everyone is happy that the herd was saved.

Thoughts

This story only lasted 2 episodes and although it promised “more next week” it did not appear in  the next issue, which was actually the last issue of M&J, nor did it continue in Bunty after the merger. It seems the finish of M&J led to its sudden discontinuation. It’s  an interesting case as it seemed to be set-up as replacement for the long running Pine Tree Grove another soap story involving horses, so potentially could have continued for quite a while. It had an a more unusual setting in Arizona, the art by Julian Vivas was good and similar to other M&J soaps it had some potentially interesting characters. The appearance of the story in the annual shows they had some story-lines set up. As annuals are made in advance,  it’s hard to tell if this story was just made for the annual or potentially it was unused episodes for M&J that they decided to fit in the annual. I can see the story in the annual fitting fine split into the weekly issues. Either way as I had not got the  annual until recently, I only thought there were just the 2 episodes, so it was nice to see some sort of conclusion for the story.

The Curse of Crawley Moor

Plot

With her dying breath, many centuries before, an evil witch Regina, had vowed that six black horses would bring destruction to the village of Salem, on Crowley Moor, every hundred years. When Julie Carton found out about the curse she decided she must break it. The only way she could do it, was by taming the six stallions which ran wild on the moor.

Notes

  • Art: Terry Aspin

Appeared

  • The Curse of Crawley Moor – Suzy: #239 (4 April 1987) – #248 (6 June 1987)

Peri of the Ponies

Plot

Peri Wills was a girl with a special way  with ponies. She had the chance of attending a first-class pony school and there she learnt a great deal. But through a misunderstanding, she had to leave before taking her instructor’s certificate. Her longing to be with ponies led her to take an unpaid job at a ramshackle riding school kept by Mr and Mrs Hopkins.
Peri started to groom one of the ponies.

Notes

  • Art: Ron Smith

Appeared

  • Peri of the Ponies – Judy: #559 (26 September 1970) – #573 (2 January 1971)

Poor Penny

Plot

Julia Hardy went to college and  wanted to leave her pony, Penny, with someone. Two girls were keen to take her,  Marion and Donna were taking turns looking after her. Sally Slater, who loved Penny was keeping an eye on Penny as she was not happy with the arrangement.

poor penny

Notes

  • Art: Carlos Freixas

Appeared

  • Poor Penny – Bunty: #1678 (10 March 1990) – #1686 (5 May 1990)

A Racehorse of Her Own

Plot

Shirley Wilson raises Hope, a young racehorse abandoned at birth by her wealthy father. She has to pay for all the expenses as her father believes in working hard for money, so she takes a job with a rag-and-bone man. When Dad demands Hope back later on, she refuses. He agrees to let her keep Hope on condition she still pay for expenses, which are even more costly now.

racehorse

Notes

  • Artist: Dudley Wynne

Appeared

  • A Racehorse of Her Own – Bunty: #876 (26 October 1974) – #895 (8 March 1975)
  • Reprinted – Lucky Charm #11 (1981)

The Flying Milkmaid

Plot

Tina Trotter, a brilliant natural runner, was being trained by athletics coach Madge Keen, who also made Tina a guest at the exclusive Seadune Athletics Club. Tina had learned her running on her daily milk-round,  and her main concern in life was Baldy, the horse who had pulled the milk-cart. The Club officials soon realised that they had a star runner in Tina and, to humour her, had agreed to stabling Baldy in the Club grounds.

flying milkmaid

Notes

  • Artist: Oliver Passingham
  • The story is influenced by the 1956  text story “The Flying Milkman” in Adventure

Appeared

  • The Flying Milkmaid – Judy: circa #641 (22 April 1972)  -(?)
  • Reprinted – Judy:  #1073 (02  August  1980) – #1084 (18 October 1980)

Pony Tales

Plot:

A humour strip about a horses and horse riding, sometimes with helpful tips.

pony tales

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Pony Tales –  Judy:  circa #784 (18 Januaray 1975) – (?)

Other Appearances: 

  • Pony Tales – Judy Annual 1976
  • Pony Tales – Judy Annual 1979
  • Pony Tales – Judy Annual 1982
  • Pony Tales –  Judy Annual 1984
  • Pony Tales – Judy Annual 1985
  • Pony Tales –  Judy Annual 1987
  • Pony Tales – Judy Annual 1988
  • Pony Tales – Judy Annual 1989

I Want to be a Jockey!

Plot:

Orphan Penny Prentice longed to be a jockey. When helped by a mysterious, ghostly rider, she returned a valuable horse which had strayed from Marston Stables. Dick Foster, owner of the Stables, offered her a job as a racing apprentice.

i want to be a jockey

Notes:

Appeared:

  • I Want to be a Jockey!  – Judy:  783 (11 January 1975) – (?)

 

Jumping Jenny

Plot:

Against her father’s advice, Jenny Holland has taken a job with Burt Finney, an American horse-breeder. She is to school some of his young horses, including Rocky, her own colt, which her father forced her to sell. On arrival at Ridge Farm in the United States, she is given a chilly reception by Burt’s sister-in-law, Ada Finney, and his niece, Marsha.

jumping jenny

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Jumping Jenny – Judy:   circa 394 (29 July 1967) – (?)

 

Rough Rider Ruth

Plot:

Ruth Jordan, an expert with  horses, lives on a farm in Kentucky, where her father, Red Jordan, breeds horses and trains others for special purposes. A film studio has sent a horse, Star, for training, but mysterious attempts are made to harm the horse, and Ruth is attacked. Ruth thinks that her own horse, Queen, will be able to pick out the attacker, but just after suggesting this to her father Queen collapses.

rough rider ruth

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Rough Rider Ruth – Judy:   388 (17 June 1967) – (?)