Author Talk

Author Talk:  They Called Her Reckless

A True Story of a Courageous Pony in the Korean War

Janet Barrett brings her tale about an indomitable warhorse, Reckless, a small pony who captured the hearts of the American soldiers she worked with during the Korean War.  For her efforts, the pony was awarded two Purple Hearts and was promoted to the rank of sergeant.  The program will take place on Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center located at 145 Bridge Street.  The program is sponsored by The Kent Memorial Library.   Please register for this free program at the library at 860-668-3896 or


From the moment she heard about Reckless, Janet Barrett knew she would write They Called Her Reckless — A True Story of War, Love And One Extraordinary Horse. She gathered stories from more than 60 Marines who worked with the pony.  Barrett’s experiences as a horsewoman gave her a particular appreciation of the tight bond that developed between Reckless and her fellow Marines, from which the story springs. The author’s first book was On The Fence: A Parent’s Handbook of Horseback Riding (Wiley Publishing).  She owns Janet Barrett Communications and Designed 4 Paws, which creates clothing and accessories for dogs.