With four shelves of books to read I’m not allowing myself to buy anymore. However…
I still like to browse bookshops and eBay, particularly when I’m looking at Thoroughbred novels.
I started reading the Thoroughbred series by Joanna Campbell when I was in year seven, and as there are eighty in the entire series I’ve been slowly collecting them since.
I’m craving to buy some more Thoroughbred series so to attempt to remedy, or quiet this craving, below I’m going to list them, all of them from the original Thoroughbred series. The ones which I’ve written the blurb and details for are the ones I have yet to buy.
Can Cindy stay at Whitebrook Farm forever?
One night, when Samantha McLean goes to the barn to check her horse, Shining, she gets a big surprise. There’s a girl sleeping on the hay between two orphaned foals!
Cindy Blake has run away from her foster home and found her way to Whitebrook Farm. She loves horses, and there isn’t any place she’d rather live. Cindy begs Samantha to let her stay.
Cindy turns out to be a natural with horses, and she develops a bond with Shining. She thinks she’s found the perfect home at last. But when the authorities find out where she is, they want to send her to another foster home. Can Samantha and her friends at Whitebrook find a way to keep Cindy on the farm for good?
Cindy’s leaving the only home she’s ever loved . . .
Cindy Blake wants to stay at Whitebrook Farm forever. After being shuffled from foster home to foster home, she’s finally found a place where people love her and, best of all, where she’s surrounded by horses. Then Lavinia Townsend accuses Cindy of stealing.
The authorities want to send her to another home. Even her new foster parents seem to doubt her. Cindy’s troubles multiply when she discovers a mistreated horse on a neighboring farm and takes him into hiding. If anyone finds out she’s stolen a horse, she’ll have to leave Whitebrook Farm for sure!
Cindy has trained Storm ever since he was a colt. Now he’s a full-fledged racehorse and he’s blindingly fast. In his three-year session at Gulfstream Park, Florida, he piles up victory after victory. Cindy is sure that storm is on his way to becoming a champion.
When they get back to Whitebrook, though, disaster strikes. Cindy discovers that an incurable disease has spread through the area. Then Storm tests positive, and the vet warns that if they don’t put Storm down, he may spread the disease to all the other horses.
Cindy is heartbroken at the thought of losing her beloved Storm. But can she risk putting her other horses in danger to save Storm’s life?
Created by Joanna Campbell
Written by Karen Bentley
eBay Price – $5.35 from Australia
Is Wonder’s Champion too wild to be a winner?
Cindy McLean is sure Wonder’s Champion will be Whitebrook’s fastest colt yet–if he ever gets to the track. Wonder’s Champion just won’t behave. He acts up in the saddling paddock, chases the other horses in the walking ring, and rears in the starting gate.
But when he runs, he’s almost perfect. Wonder’s Champion has strength and speed like no horse Cindy has ever seen. But she knows the competition at the Kentucky Bonus Series races is tough, and the colt is going to need more than sheer force to come out on top. Can Cindy get the rebellious colt to behave before he ruins his greatest chance for victory?
Created by Joanna Campbell
Written by Karen Bentley
eBay Price – $5.50 from Australia
The moment Cindy has waited her whole life for…
Cindy McLean’s colt, Wonder’s Champion, is facing the three most challenging races of his career. To win the Triple Crown, he has to sweep not only the Kentucky Derby but the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes as well.
Cindy has trained Wonder’s Champion to become Whitebrook’s greatest runner yet. But her work is far from over. Illness and injuries threaten to ruin her colt’s chances of winning. And now it’s up to Cindy to prove to everyone that her colt is truly a winner.
Created by Joanna Campbell
Written by Karen Bentley
eBay Price – $9.80 from Australia
Will Cindy win her biggest race as a jockey?
For as long as she can remember, Cindy McLean has longed to ride a Thoroughbred in a world-class race. And now that she’s sixteen, Cindy’s dream is finally coming true. She’ll ride Wonder’s Champion, the Triple Crown winner, in Arabia’s Dubai Cup!
Cindy will have tough competition. She’ll be racing not only against the best horses and jockeys in the world but also against her friend and teacher, Ashleigh Griffen! Is Cindy ready for the challenge of her life?
Will Christina risk it all to save Sterling Dream?
Twelve-year-old Christina Reese is the luckiest girl in the world. She lives at the Whitebrook Farm with her dad, Mike, and her mother, Ashleigh Griffen, one of the most famous jockeys ever. And when Christina asked for a horse for her birthday she got Wonder’s Legacy, the last foal of her mom’s famous racehorse, Wonder.
But Christina doesn’t feel so lucky. Everyone expects her to become a jockey, but Christina wants to be an Event rider. All she needs is the perfect horse. Then she sees Sterling Dream, a beautiful gray mare who’s being forced to race against her will. Will Christina risk everything she has to take a chance on a Dream?
She’s his last hope…
Ever since 13-year-old Melanie Graham was sent to live with her aunt Ashleigh and uncle Mike at Whitebrook Farm, she’s struggled for a way to fit in. Everything she does is wrong. She doesn’t get along with her cousin Christina and riding race horses is nothing like riding back in New York.
Then she sees Pirate’s Treasure. The powerful black stallion has incredible potential. But he’s also unpredictable–and dangerous. Then he’s retired from his racing career and turned out to pasture. Soon he begins to lose his will to live. Can Melanie break through Pirate’s distrust and prove to everyone he has the heart of a champion?
Does Christina have the heart of a champion?
Christina Reese is sure she and her new horse, Sterling Dream, are ready for their first competition. Then Christina is injured in a fall and loses both her nerve and her spot on the team. Someone needs to ride Sterling, or the team will be disqualified.
When beautiful, self-confident Cassidy Smith is picked to ride Sterling in the show, Christina tries to be a good sport. But it’s not easy. Cassidy is claiming that both Christina and Sterling are quitters. Will Christina and her horse get the chance to prove just how wrong Cassidy is?
Created By Joanna Campbell
Written By Alice Leonhardt
eBay Price – $5.35 from Australia
Can Christina control Sterling?
Now that she has the horse of her dreams, Christina Reese is more determined than ever to enter high-level competitions. There’s only one problem — her horse, Sterling Dream, isn’t cooperating.
Christina thought she had a close bond with Sterling, but now the mare refuses to do anything Christina asks. She balks at jumping even the lowest fences! Christina doesn’t know what to do. If Sterling’s behavior doesn’t improve, this may be the end of their riding career!
Will Melanie have to leave Whitebrook?
Melanie Graham loves spending time in Kentucky with her cousin Christina. She loves being away from New York City. And most of all, Melanie loves riding! That’s why she’s determined to win the competition next week. Her dad is flying all the way from New York to watch. Once he sees well how well Melanie rides, he’ll let her stay in Kentucky for good.
But then someone begins sabotaging the other riders–and everyone blames Melanie! She might even be disqualified from the competition. Melanie knows that if her dad finds out, he’ll make her go back to New York for sure!
Can Melanie prove that she’s innocent in time for the big competition?
Will Dylan give up riding for good?
Dylan Becker used to be one of Christina Reese’s best friends. They like to do all the same things. He even loved horses as much as she did! But lately, Dylan has been spending more time playing soccer than riding his horse, Dakota. In fact, he’s thinking of giving up riding entirely–only little girls like horses, he says.
Christina can’t believe it. Has Dylan really outgrown his love of riding? Even worse, has he outgrown their friendship?
Will Cassidy tell the truth, even if it means losing her horse?
Cassidy Smith is worried. Her filly, Lady T, is running against a champion racehorse, Pizzazz. Cassidy’s family needs the prize money desperately. Without it, they can’t afford to keep Lady T.
Then Cassidy discovers that Pizzazz has been injured — and his owner is planning to run him anyway. If Pizzazz runs on his bad leg, he could be ruined forever! Cassidy knows she should tell her dad to stop the race. But then the Smith’s won’t win the money they need — and they’ll have to sell Lady T for sure. How can Cassidy protect Pizzazz without losing her beloved filly?
A reckless decision…
Christina Reese is confident that her horse, Sterling, is ready for higher jumps. But Christina’s trainer, Mona, won’t let her move up to training level. Christina feels as if she and Sterling are being held back unfairly.
Then Christina meets Parker Townsend. If he can handle training level, then why can’t she? Maybe Christina lacks experience, but Sterling has talent to spare. They’re a perfect match! How far will Christina go to prove she’s as good as Parker?
On The Track
Created By Joanna Campbell
Written By Lois K. Szymanski
eBay Price – $11.80
Another tough choice…
Ever since Melanie Graham came to live with her cousin Christina Reese, she’s had her eye on the track. She wants to be an exercise rider, and maybe one day, a winning jockey. With her aunt Ashleigh’s Thoroughbreds. And she loves it. Finally, she’s discovered her calling.
But Christina is jealous. She’s been acting weird ever since Melanie began working with Ashleigh. Melanie desperately wants to continue her training, but is it worth losing her cousin’s friendship?
Is history repeating itself?
Christina Reese has heard the story many times–Wonder was a tiny, sickly foal no one thought was worth saving. No one but Christina’s mother, Ashleigh. With Ashleigh’s love and hard work, Wonder went on the win the Kentucky Derby.
Now, when Wonder’s last foal is born under tragic circumstances, there’s little hope for her baby colt. Only Christina can see that the colt is special, just like his mother was. But will she get a chance to prove it?
Will Christina ever see Star again?
Christina Reese is worried. She’s been taking care of Wonder’s Star ever since his dam, Wonder, died. Now Star has been sent to Townsend Acres, and Christina misses him terribly. She dreamed of eventing Star in the Olympics one day, but Brad Townsend has already started training him to race.
The only way for Christina to be near her colt is to work with Brad. But Star has changed since he left Whitebrook. The once sweet and gentle colt has become wild and difficult to manage. Can Christina save her beloved Star from being ruined?
Wonder’s Star has returned to Whitebrook Farm, and Christina Reese is thrilled to have him home again. But if Star doesn’t win one of his first two races, Townsend Acres will take him back forever.
Christina isn’t a jockey yet — the thought of racing terrifies her — but Star won’t run well for anyone else. Will Christina have to become Star’s jockey in order to save him?
Can Christina measure up?
Ever since Christina Reese won her very first race on Wonder’s Star, she’s been feeling pressure to live up to her mother’s reputation as a great jockey. The racing press is full of articles with headlines such as “Like Mother, Like Daughter!” and “Winning Races Must Be in the Genes!”
But after a disappointing finish in her next race, Christina decides there is no way she can meet such high expectations — she’ll never be as good as Ashleigh. After only two starts, will Christina give up racing forever?
Parker’s Olympic dream is at risk…
Parker Townsend and Christina Reese haven’t seen much of each other lately. Parker is competing in the Olympic trials in combined training and Christina is racing Thoroughbreds. When Parker meets Lyssa Hynde, things only get worse.
Lyssa, the daughter of a Montana rancher who rides her horse without a bit, has been winning everything and is fast becoming a celebrity. Christina instantly befriends Lyssa, eager to learn all her tricks. Parker’s jealous of Lyssa, and it’s affecting his riding. Will Parker let Lyssa ruin his shot at the Olympics?
Has Star run his last race?
Christina Reese and Wonder’s Star are about to race at Belmont, one of the most prestigious tracks in the country. Christina is confident that she and Star are going to blow all the New York horses away. But when the gates fly open at the start of the race, Star feels sluggish–something is wrong!
Christina takes Star home to Whitebrook, hoping that he’ll recover in time for their next race. But Star’s condition only gets worse. Faced with the possibility that Star may never race again–he may not even live–Christina doesn’t find winning so important anymore. Will Christina give up her racing career to save the horse she loves?
At last, Wonder’s Star has begun to recover from the illness that halted his promising racing career so suddenly. The vet says he’ll be back on the track in no time. But Christina Reese is convinced the colt has lost his spirit. She can’t seem to communicate with him like she used to. Christina needs help.
When Lyssa Hynde offers to work her magic with Star, Christina takes the colt to Lyssa’s ranch in Montana to rehabilitate. But Montana is worlds away from the track, and Christina and Star are lost there. Will Christina and Star learn to take risks and trust each other again?
Is Wonder’s Star a has-been?
No one thought Wonder’s Star would get well again. Everyone was certain he would never run another race. The racing press was calling him a has-been. But Christina Reese never gave up hope. Slowly and steadily she’s been bringing Star back into racing condition. In her heart of hearts she still has Triple Crown dreams for them, but the Kentucky Derby is only a few months away and they’re running out of time!
Instead of starting with an easy local race, Christina enters Star in a tough Derby prep race, praying that he can withstand the gruelling pace. Is it too much, too soon? Or will Star shine like the champion that he is?
A competitive bug is sweeping through Whitebrook Farm. Image, Star, and Gratis are all contenders for the Triple Crown races, which begins with the Kentucky Derby, a little over a month away.
Christina can‘t stand the pressure. So, when she is given the chance to leave Kentucky for a little while and ride for another farm in California, where Derby fever isn’t quite as intense, she packs her bags and takes Star with her. There, Chris focuses on making the most of Star’s running style. He’s always been a come-from-behind-horse, but he sometimes misses his chance to beat the leaders. Christina is going to try to change that in time for the Derby. But it may not be as easy as she thinks.
Melanie Graham knows Image is Triple Crown material. The problem is, the filly is too smart for her own good. She’s difficult to train, hates to be stabled indoors, and fights with other horses. But if Melanie is going to run Image in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont, the filly is going to have to get over herself.
For practice, Melanie takes Image to Florida to run in an easy fillies-only race. But when Melanie gets to the track, she discovers that her father has entered Image in the prestigious Florida Derby instead. He badly needs the purse money to save his failing business and he truly believes Image can win. Melanie is doubtful. Will Image rise to the challenge?
Christina and Melanie are both heading for their first Kentucky Derby as jockeys. Can Ashleigh calm their nerves before the big race? Christina Reese is suffering from pre-Kentucky Derby stress. So is her cousin Melanie Graham. And their horses, Star and Image, are on edge too.
Christina’s mother and trainer, the renowned jockey, Ashleigh Griffen, remembers what it was like when she and her horse, Wonder, were about to run in the Kentucky Derby themselves. Flash back to the days of old, when Wonder was still alive, as Ashleigh dreams up a plan to calm the young jockeys’ and horses’ nerves, and prep them for the most exciting race of their lives
Cindy McLean and her partner, Ben al-Rihani, can’t find a jockey to ride Gratis in the Kentucky Derby.
The only person besides Cindy who can handle the difficult horse is a stubborn and inexperienced groom named Wolf. But Cindy doesn’t like Wolf’s attitude, and refuses to give him a chance. Besides, he doesn’t even have his jockey’s license yet.
Cindy wants to ride Gratis herself, risking irreparable damage to her already injured shoulder. Ben won’t allow it. But stubborn Cindy is hard to stop. Will someone come to her rescue before it’s too late?
It’s Star’s last strike …
Christina Reese has always known that Wonder’s Star is special. But as the third race in the Triple Crown approaches, it’s unclear whether Star is up to the challenge. The competition is getting tougher every minute, and Christina’s so stressed out, she wonders whether all the pressure she’s feeling will affect Star’s concentration.
But then Christina gets some fantastic tips from an unexpected source: a jockey who claims to have raced the legendary 1977 Triple Crown winner, Seattle Slew. Star and Seattle Slew have more in common than Christina ever realized. With this new advice — and the amazing support of her family and friends — Christina feels ready to take on the world at the Belmont! But will Star come through?
Now that high school is behind them, will Christina and Melanie be able to make the right choices about their futures and still remain friends?
They’re out of school and Christina and Melanie are taking a year off to make some big decisions. Christina is torn between the exciting life of a jockey and working as a vet, helping the horses she loves. And then there is her horse, Wonder’s Star. After all their hard work, can Christina really leave the track – and Star – behind?
Melanie’s future as a jockey seems clear. But her relationships with the people she loves – especially Christina – are less certain. Christina accuses her cousin of putting her career above everything – and everybody. How can Melanie prove that the people she loves comes first?
Can a fan’s love go too far?
Christina is thrilled by Wonder’s Star’s recent wins on the track, but with Star’s success comes some very strange –– and very creepy –– activity around the farm. First, someone breaks into the Whitebrook barn. Though physically unharmed, a jittery Star compels Christina to fly home abruptly from New York. Luckily, Christina’s new friend Jessie is there to support her.
For safety’s sake, Christina is forced to move her renowned horse after the break–in. But when trouble follows Star to Whisperwood and then to Tall Oaks, she begins to fear for Star’s well–being . . . and for her own. Christina may be left with only one option: to move Star to Townsend Acres, where the security is excellent, but where her nemesis, Brad Townsend, is surely up to no good. . .
While cleaning out the spare bedroom at Whisperwood in preparation for the expected baby, Samantha and Tor come across their wedding album, stored away since their return from Ireland several years before. They settle down to relive the events that led up to their day, and we slip back twelve years in time.
When Samantha and Tor decide to marry, Samantha starts planning the most glorious wedding Kentucky has ever see. But as the date nears, disaster follows disaster, forcing the plans aside. A barn fire at Whisperwood, Tor’s family’s farm; a nasty wreck on the track that puts Ashleigh in the hospital; Samantha is starting to think that she and Tor aren’t supposed to get married. Finally it looks like things are going right, but just a few days before the wedding, she and Tor find a horse in need of rescuing, and they spend the money set aside for the wedding and their honeymoon to save the animal. Samantha accepts the fact that there isn’t going to be any fabulous ceremony, until Ashleigh steps in and offers Whitebrook for the wedding. In the end, Tor and Samantha have their wedding on horseback at Whitebrook, with all the special touches to make it the most wonderful day of Samantha’s life.
Samantha is in love and has finally found the perfect horse. But is her luck about to run out?
Samantha and Tor’s month–long honeymoon in Ireland turns into a much longer stay when Samantha meets Finn, a massive sporthorse that is a descendant of Red Rum, steeplechasing’s greatest horse. Samantha is enjoying such success with Finn that she and Tor settle into the idea that they’ll be in Ireland for the rest of their lives.
Then Tor gets an urgent call to return home to Kentucky. With the Grand National just weeks away, Tor urges Samantha to stay in Ireland but she still finds herself torn between her husband and her beloved horse. If only she didn’t have such a nagging feeling about leaving Finn behind. She’s sure something horrible is about to happen.
Will an injury spell the end for Christina’s racing career and her friendship with Melanie?
After taking a year off to train with her beloved Star for the Breeders’ Cup, Christina is back in silks riding a few preliminary races. But all her plans are shattered when she suffers a severe injury in a track accident.
When she learns she won’t be able to ride for at least three months, Christina reluctantly agrees to let Melanie train Star –– a situation that will begin to tear the cousins apart. Will they be able to mend their differences for Star’s sake? And just what will Christina do while her injury heals?
Like her hero Paker Townsend, Kaitlin Boyce plans to event internationally one day and Serling Dream is just the horse to help her make that goal come true. But Kaitlin’s dedication and determination are seriously challenged when she meets Connor. It’s not long before she is forced to decide if infatuation is truly worth giving up a beautiful horse. . .and a lifelong ambition?
Melanie and Image are back at Whitebrook after Brad Townsend’s mysterious turn–around, abruptly letting her take the filly away from Townsend Acres. Even though Image is out of Brad’s reach now, she still isn’t really safe. Clouding her prospects is the fabled jinx––no horse that’s won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile has ever won the Kentucky Derby. Has Melanie jinxed her Jinx?
When Allie came to Whisperwood and was adopted by Cindy no once expected her long-lost relatives to come and find her. But when they do, Allie must make a choice between the opportunities she has at Tall Oaks with the horses she loves, and living with the only family she has left.
Life at Tall Oaks is great for Allie, but she’s watching her friends Melanie and Kevin struggle with Jinx, the talented Thoroughbred colt they want to run in the Kentucky Derby.
If Allie could just pinpoint the cause of Jinx’s misbehavior, maybe they could fix the problem and he’d have a good shot at a Derby win. But tension is running high at the farm, with Melanie and Kevin bickering over Jinx’s training, and even worse, Cindy, Allie’s foster mom, and Ben, the farm owner, seem to be having troubles of their own. Can Allie help the people and horses she cares so much about, or is Tall Oaks teetering on the brink of disaster?
Allie, now sixteen years old, is just one win away from becoming a full-fledged jockey. Everyone gathers at Tall Oaks to celebrate her achievement. At the festivities the jockeys and trainers reminisce about their favorite horses past and future. Inspired more than ever by their tales, Allie and her horse Wonder’s Legacy set out for Whisper-wood to perfect their jumping skills and to look after a broodmare named Sterling Dream that is due to foal soon.
But a failed attempt at cross-country jumping forces Allie and Legacy to slow down. It’s only when Sterling disappears that they get back on track. Will they be able to save the missing mare and her unborn foal in time?
There you have it, all of the 72 novels in the original Thoroughbred series created by Joanna Campbell and written by multiple other authors after the first fourteen. There is a prequel series called Thoroughbred Ashleigh, which is about the original main character, Ashleigh, and her life before coming to Townsend Acres and racing thoroughbreds. There are also super editions and novels from Ashleigh’s bookshelf.
This has definitely cooled my cravings to buy them off the internet. After writing this post I don’t want to look at another Thoroughbred book for a while! Instead I might start buying some Archie comics. I dunno. Or maybe I should just save more of my money 😛