Carole, Stevie and Lisa – the girls of The Saddle Club – are heading west to spend the first part of their Christmas holidays at the Bar None Ranch. But when a winter storm keeps them from returning home to Willow Creek for the holiday celebrations, the girls are heartbroken. Then an almost miraculous series of events touches each member of The Saddle Club and reminds them that there are more important things than presents and time off from school. Join The Saddle Club on an unforgettable trip that recalls the true spirit of giving and the strength of friendship.
The members of the Saddle Club spend their winter break at the Bar None Ranch, where each member of the club has an experience that teaches them all an unforgettable lesson about the true meaning of the holiday season.
When a fatal equine virus breaks out at a nearby stable, The Saddle Club has to endure forty-five days of waiting and worrying about whether the disease will reach Pine Hollow. Then Carole realizes that one of her favorite horses may already be infected, and she decides to take matters into her own hands and hide the horse. Can Carole protect Pine Hollow? Or will she discover that there is nothing she can do to keep her worst nightmare from becoming reality?
Stevie Lake gets conked on the head so hard she’s laid up in hospital. Then she starts having weird dreams about herself and her Saddle Club friends, Carole Hanson and Lisa Atwood. No big deal – until the dreams start coming true! First it’s just little things. Stevie saw Phil get thrown off Teddy before it happened. She knew Starlight was going to stomp on Carole’s foot. Then Carole and Lisa rely on one of Stevie’s dreams to make a dream of their own come true. But when their sick friend has a scary vision, the girls aren’t sure they want to know: It is just a horse in Stevie’s dreams, or is it a nightmare!
When Stevie Lake injures herself and can’t ride for a while, the other two members of The Saddle Club, Carole Hanson and Lisa Atwood, make a pact of friendship not to ride until Stevie has recovered. To seal the pact, they decide that if the vow is broken by any of them, they’ll have to ask stuck-up Veronica diAngelo to join their club. That will keep them out of the saddle for sure. But can three horse-crazy girls really stay away from horses and riding for more than a day? Find out in this first Saddle Club Super Edition, which contains three separate stories about Lisa, Stevie and Carole – and their summer without horses!
Lisa Atwood’s visitor, Merrill, loves horses almost as much as The Saddle Club does. Lisa, Stevie and Carole are happy to give Merrill a few pointers on her form over fences during their rides at Pine Hollow Stables. Then Merrill becomes convinced that she can only ride one horse. When The Saddle Club learns that she wants to take a Pine Hollow horse home to Maine, they know they have to do something. The girls have already planned a special surprise birthday party – a Yankee Swap – for Merrill. Will a Yankee Swap of another kind persuade Merrill that she can ride any horse well, or is one of The Saddle Club’s beloved horses leaving Pine Hollow for good?
The Saddle Club is thrilled to be attending an international competition, even if it does mean serving as humble grooms for Beatrice Benner and her horse, Southwood. Beatrice is the most spoiled rich girl they’ve ever met, but she is a talented rider. Then an accident threatens to end her career. Stevie, Carole and Lisa want their friend Kate Devine to take over, but does Kate have what it takes to be a gold medal rider?
January is the cruelest month, at least for the Saddle Club. The weather is miserable: cold, rainy, and muddy. No one can go riding outside, and everyone is sick and tired of being inside. The only things left to do are clean tack and ride in the indoor ring. The Saddle Club is bored--bored of riding and even of horses. So what can they do? Lisa decides to try her hand at needlepoint--can't get much further away from riding than that. Carole decides that this would be the perfect opportunity to write a great novel. And Stevie decides that a little time in the kitchen whipping up treats sounds like a great idea. Will these activities help them rediscover their love of horses? Or is the Saddle Club about to untack for good?
Lisa's great aunt gives her a diary in which to record her feelings, like when she feels frustrated at being labeled a beginning rider, when her friends don't understand her desire to be the very best, or when her mother drives her crazy.