Michele Norris. And we begin this round of reading adventures with a cherished classic: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. Generations of children and adults have loved this book. With vivid detail and simple, yet lyrical prose, Black Beauty describes both the cruelty and kindness that an ebony-colored horse experiences through his lifetime — from the open pastures in the English countryside to the cobblestone grit of 19th-century England. Sewell wanted the reader to see the world from a horse's point of view and so Black Beauty tells his own story in these pages. His wise observations and unvarnished candor reveal much about both human nature and animal suffering.
Last Surviving Black Beauty is 30 and Still Going Strong
Collecting Black Beauty by Sewell, Anna - First edition identification guide
Known as Billy to his stable friends, he started life in Russia as harness race horse and was imported into the UK at just three years old to play the part of Black Beauty — meeting his now owner Louise Maryon, 42, on set where she worked as a groom. Now he attracts many visitors to his home in Llandysul, South Wales, as well as having a huge social media following. Pictured: Blindaj Billy the horse in his younger years. After Louise fell in love with Billy while caring for him on set, he went to live with her and her partner, Bruce, who she also met whilst working on the set, at their home in Berkshire, before eventually moving to South Wales. There he was partnered with his five-year-old pony companion, Richie, who he now spends his retirement years with while his adoring fans visit to be pictured with the best loved horse actor. Billy received his special award in October last year as part of the first plaque scheme dedicated to animals who have proved to be inspirational throughout their lifetime, and is now the last surviving horse to star in the film.
Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
Considered one of our 20 best horse movies , the movie Black Beauty was a staple in our childhoods. Even the toughest of equestrians held back tears during the intense emotional moments of the film. One of the horses who played the role of Black Beauty is still alive and going strong!
A skewbald pony not unlike Tinker Bell. Credit: iStock. My father brought home a pony for me when I was aged three or maybe four. She was a skewbald, which is to say her coat was bay with white patches.