Small Business, Privately Owned

HorseandRiderBooks.com is the storefront for Trafalgar Square Books of North Pomfret, Vermont—a small, privately-owned publisher of fine equestrian books and DVDs, craft books, and selected other titles. Trafalgar Square’s owners, Caroline and Ted Robbins, moved to a farm in North Pomfret—a rural community of around 200 residents, nestled in the hills surrounding the better-known (and larger) town of Woodstock—in the early 1970s, and established the Trafalgar Square offices and warehousing facilities in part of the farmhouse and the barns on the property. The publishing company still thrives, along with horses and Scottish Highland cattle, on the farm today.

Horse Books by Horse People

Trafalgar Square published its first horse book in 1985. That book was Centered Riding by Sally Swift—a book that helped start an organization and revolutionized how to learn to ride and teach others to ride. Caroline and Ted had received lessons from Sally on their farm, so Caroline—who had spent many years prior in the publishing worlds of London and New York—was the natural choice to help bring Sally’s book to life.

Horses are still an integral part of Trafalgar Square Farm. They graze in the fields outside the office windows, and they are housed in stalls in the walk-in lower level below the offices. In addition, all others involved with creating the horse books and DVDs are still or have been involved with horses. They are owners, trainers, pleasure riders, and competitors. They’ve driven horses, jumped them, and ridden in Western, hunt seat, dressage, and saddle seat saddles. They’ve owned Morgans, Minis, Thoroughbreds, Hanoverians, Lusitanos, Appaloosas, and Quarter Horses, to name just a few.

Top Authors, Great Teachers

When you buy books and DVDs from HorseandRiderBooks.com, you buy from the source. You can trust that we believe in what we publish, and we sell what we feel is top-quality equestrian education. We take great pride in our string of motivated, talented authors. These individuals are the movers, shakers, and hard-working professionals—riders, trainers, behaviorists, vets, practitioners, therapists, farriers, and sometimes, just ordinary horse-lovers—who inspire us to include horses as part of our own life and who teach us how to be better friends, caregivers, and educators when interacting with them.

Although rich in history and one that has stood the test of time, the horse-and-rider relationship is constantly challenged by our lack of common language, by our instinctual differences, and by the sources that serve to motivate human beings—money, prizes, and fame, for example. Goals and desire are in general positive characteristics, but when taken in concert with the care and training of another living being—in this case, the beautiful and complex horse—we must be constantly aware of the impact of our choices upon him. It is our belief that the Trafalgar Square authors remind us of this responsibility and provide us the tools we need to “reach for the stars” while keeping our feet planted firmly in a grassy field! With their help, we can ride better; teach our horses to perform better; feed them and house them more in accordance to their needs; care for them when they fall ill and help them recover from injury; and above all, treat them in a fair and just manner, as they deserve.

We’re Honored to Serve You…and the Horse

It is our honor at Trafalgar Square Books to serve the horse industry to the best of our ability, and to provide horse lovers the world over with beautiful, highly illustrated, well-written books and engaging DVDs to supplement their growth and development as horsemen and women. We hope our books and DVDs help you in your pursuit of a joyful life with horses.

Caroline Robbins has been involved in the book publishing world in one form or another for 50 years. After an early career in London and New York City, where she worked for publishers and literary agents, Caroline and her husband, Ted, made their year-round home in Vermont in 1971, when Caroline began a successful British book distribution business and Ted set up his medical practice. Both avid riders, Caroline and Ted met Sally Swift when she taught them on their farm, and so a new idea was born. With her knowledge and experience in publishing, Caroline was the natural choice to help bring Sally’s book to life, and it became the genesis of the horse book program. Today Caroline continues to edit projects with a careful eye, always with the intention of delivering instructional material that is correct, clear, easy to implement in your own barn and riding arena, and above all, safe and for the good of the horse. Caroline and Ted own four horses (and board several more); a large nationally recognized, prize-winning herd of Scottish Highland cattle; five African geese, who for 16 years have been led by the gander Braveheart; a Hungarian Vizslas (Bartok); and a vocal Siamese (Jasper).

Martha Cook began as a publicity assistant with Caroline’s British book distribution business right after graduating from Mount Holyoke College. It was Centered Riding and Martha’s acquaintance with Sally Swift that inspired her to apply for a job at the publishing company. Over time, Martha spent less time with the British books and more time collaborating with Caroline acquiring and publishing equestrian titles. Now she runs daily operations and handles contracts, print buying, rights, and participates with promotion and marketing. Martha started riding at the age of five and got her first horse, a too-green, four-year-old Morgan mare at age twelve. Throughout high school and college she worked summers at breeding and training farms—riding, driving, training, and assisting with the breeding programs. Today she owns two Morgan geldings—Meadowinds Marksman and Townshend Tradewind and a Quarter Horse gelding named Robin and rides as much as time allows.

Contact Martha Cook: mcook@trafalgarbooks.com

Rebecca Didier joined Trafalgar Square in 2002 as an editorial assistant. Today she manages authors and the editorial process on all titles and provides all in-house copy and design. Rebecca started riding at the age of five, had her first “muck job” at age ten, and earned her first pony shortly thereafter. She explored riding in both English and Western saddles before focusing on eventing as a teenager. Most of the horses she has owned have been “problem” horses or green projects, of all different breeds, and her “herd” numbered as many as six at one time—including an Appaloosa, Thoroughbred, Hanoverian, Morgan-Quarter Horse cross, Anglo-Arab, and two precocious Miniature Horses. Today Rebecca rides whenever she can, and is waiting for her next project horse (and hacking buddy) to appear.

Contact Rebecca Didier: rdidier@trafalgarbooks.com

Kim Cook has been with Trafalgar Square for 17 years, starting as a Publicity Assistant in 1993. Working her way to Special Sales and Publicity Manager, she oversaw all special sales accounts and the review and publicity process. In 2006 she became the Marketing Director for all Trafalgar Square’s books and Craft Editor for the company’s craft list. Kim grew up in a small town known for its horse population, and she had horses as a kid. Her best childhood friend lived on Huntington Farm where Sally Swift started teaching Centered Riding, so she was in the midst of the horse culture from a young age. She rides on occasion now, but spends more time honing the craft and gardening skills she inherited from her mother and grandmother. Kim has two toddler granddaughters, one who is expressing great interest in horses.

Contact Kim Cook: kcook@trafalgarbooks.com