The Essential Fergus the Horse

The Life and Times of the World's Favorite Cartoon Equine

Jean Abernethy



ISBN: 9781570767432

PUBLICATION DATE: November 10, 2015

CATEGORY: Gifts, Humour and Art, The Pony Club & Young Riders

BINDING: Paperback / softback

EXTENT: 136 pages

In the late 1990s, a little bay horse with four white socks and a blaze was born. Dubbed 'Fergus', he has now traveled the world many times over by print, web, and satellite, inspired a line of merchandise featuring his visage, and gained a fervently devoted following in the hundreds-of-thousands on Facebook and through other social media outlets. Who is this horse and how can we explain his magnetism? What breed does he represent and at which sport does he excel? What makes him so special?

Fergus the Horse (Equus hilarious) is the creation of artist Jean Abernethy, and the truth is, he is not meant to represent a particular breed, nor does he pursue one specific equestrian discipline. Perhaps it is this generic quality of 'every man or woman's horse' that has led to his immense popularity. While his familiarity may woo us, it is most likely his expressiveness, honesty, charm, and of course that keen sense of humour that wins our hearts.

Now, in recognition of Fergus' growing fan club, Abernethy has brought together the backstory of Fergus the Horse—how he came to be, his early years, the history of his 'friends" and support characters—and combined them with his 'greatest hits', including the most-loved comic strips and cartoon moments, some rarely seen sketches, and brand new additions created exclusively for this book. The result is a lively, colourful, highly illustrated treasury that will entertain anyone with an eye for a horse and a need for a laugh.

Meet the author Jean Abernethy

Jean Abernethy has been producing equestrian-related drawings, horse portraits, and horse cartooning for more than 30 years. She has illustrated several books and instructional articles, technical how-to drawings, and diagrams for instructional purposes. She has also done children’s and fantasy illustration. Her work has taken her coast-to-coast to farms and equestrian events where she’s been involved with a wide variety of horse breeds, sports and disciplines.

Books by Jean Abernethy

Fergus: A Horse to be Reckoned with

Jean Abernethy


Fergus and the Greener Grass

Jean Abernethy


Fergus and the Night Before Christmas

Jean Abernethy