Cleo, a friend from Dora's school, was the best rider in their school and was the envy of all the other girls for her skills at Show Jumping. Now she arrives at Follyfoot and is terrified of horses, saying she will never ride again, much to Dora is puzzlement.
When Dora is told that miners at the local coal pit are on strike and that they have left their pit ponies below, she decides to interfere despite being warned not to intensify a delicate situation, but Dora can't stand by and do nothing.
Tim Shaw's the son of a traveling fair owner tells Dora his horse is special - "It won the Grand national and you can't be more special than that" he tells her. No one believes him, and Follyfoot can't look after the horse, so will it end up getting shot by Tim's father.
The collection of horses is growing at Follyfoot, much to Steve's concern. Therefore the Colonel decides to sell one of the horses, but he runs into violent opposition from Dora, who thinks the problem is a simple one to solve, but is she mistaken?
Steve is understandably eager to give riding lessons to the lovely, but when Dora seems unhappy he assumes it is because of Kalinka's eye trouble, as he keeps saying, "she's interested only in the horses".
Callie wants somewhere to stable her horse Magic, any old shed will do, but the Colonel refuses. Dora and Steve go with Callie to see Magic, when they discover a neighbor's horse, Ladybird, who is in such poor condition that Dora is appalled and horrified by what she sees. Steve tries to help but nearly comes to blows with the owner.
Stryker teases Dora that the Colonel has plans to marry her off to Lord Beck, as she finds him arrogant. Steve tells Beck he wouldn't beat Dora in a race and a challenge is set for the forthcoming 'Fairfield Show', which pleases the Colonel who wants to take Beck down a peg or two.