Sandy Lane Stables


by Michelle Bates

Published by Usborne

I wrote these books when I was in my twenties, and they are still going strong, having survived many reprints and three cover changes. There are 9 books in the Sandy Lane Stables series, published by Usborne – seven that were written by me under my maiden name Michelle Bates. The other two were written by Susannah Leigh.

“The Sandy Lane Stables series has managed to survive several reprints, and has not been out of print since it came out in the mid 1990s. It is a classic pony book series, centred round a Riding Stables, and the adventures of the group of children who ride there. It’s free of the fantasy elements which infest so many pony books in the 21st century, and despite its latest set of covers, features neither pink nor sparkles. The series is unusual in being openly written by two different authors.

Michelle Bates was in her twenties when she started writing the series, having had a passion for horses as a child. She has since worked as an editor.” Jane Badger at JANE BADGER BOOKS

Sandy lane Stables Strangers at the Stables

Strangers at the Stables

The owners of the stables are abroad and Tom and the regular riders are in charge. All is going well until a
mysterious couple arrive, supposedly sent to help. Only Rosie is suspicious and it seems she has every right to be…

Sandy lane Stables The Midnight Horse

The Midnight Horse

Riding at the Hawthorn House Trials is all that Kate has dreamed of and this year she’s in with a real chance of
winning. But then on Christmas Eve the mysterious midnight horse rides into Kate’s life and then suddenly everything changes…

Sandy lane Stables Ride by Moonlight

Ride by Moonlight

However often Charlie says he’ll never ride again, his friends at Sandy Lane won’t believe him. He has a place at
racing school starting in a couple of months. What can have happened to make him so scared?

Sandy lane Stables Riding Holiday

Riding Holiday

A riding holiday in the States should be the perfect vacation for Izzy and Kate. But when they arrive at Graytops Horse Farm they realize that something strange is going on…

Sandy lane Stables Perfect Pony

The Perfect Pony

The monthly Ash Hill Horse Sale is
normally a fun day out for the riders from Sandy Lane. Not so for Alex when he meets a neglected pony. Alex spends his life savings on her and takes her home to the stables…

Sandy lane Stables Horse for the Summer

A Horse for the Summer

Tom’s cousin has lent him her horse Chancey for the summer. But he isn’t quite what anyone is expecting and the owner of Sandy Lane declares Chancey too dangerous to ride. What will Tom do now?

Sandy lane Stables Horse in Danger

Horse in Danger

On the Autumn Treasure Hunt Ride,
Rosie discovers a dangerous secret,
taking her down a path of deception and
danger, putting her friendship at the stables with Jess to the ultimate test…