Biography

Funnell, Pippa

Pippa Funnell is best known as an eventer, winning Olympic silver twice (so far) and the Rolex Grand Slam. The Tilly’s Pony Tails series is her first journey into fiction. Pippa has the ideas and storylines, and is helped by a ghost writer. Pippa came up with the main character, and the idea for the horsehair bracelets that Tilly wears, on her way driving to shows.

I like this series: there isn’t a great deal of pony literature for the younger reader which is free of fantasy, so it’s good that Pippa’s producing something straightforward. If you have a young reader whose into ponies, this series is a fine place to start. Pippa is at her best when giving advice to the young reader, and she’s written an excellent non-fiction book, Ask Pippa, giving a wealth of advice on all things horse.

Finding the books
All in print, and readily available new and secondhand.

Links and sources
Pippa’s site on Orion Books
The Tilly’s Pony Tails site

Bibliography: pony books only
Magic Spirit: the Dream Horse, Orion, London, 2009, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Red Admiral: the Racehorse, Orion, London, 2009, 110 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Rosie the Perfect Pony, Orion, London, 2009, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Samson: the Stallion, Orion, London, 2009, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Lucky Chance: the New Foal, Orion, London, Nov 2009, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Solo: the Super Star, Orion, London, Jan 2010, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Pride and Joy: the Event Horse, Orion, London, 2010, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Neptune: the Heroic Horse, Orion, London, Nov 2009, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Parkview Pickle: the Naughty Show Horse, Orion, London, Jan 2010, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Nimrod: the Circus Pony, Orion, London, 2010, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Moonshadow the Derby Winner, Orion, London, 2011, 95 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Autumn Glory: the New Horse, Orion, March 2011, 95 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Goliath: the Rescue Horse, Orion, London, 2011, 95 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Buttons: the Naughty Pony, Orion, London, 2011, 95pp Illus Jennifer Miles
Rusty: the Trustworthy Pony, Orion, London, 2011,101 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Royal Flame: the Police Horse, Orion, London, 2011, 95 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Stripy: the Zebra Foal, Orion, 2010, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Free Spirit: the Mustang, Orion, March 2011, 109 pp. Illus Jennifer Miles
Team Spirit, Orion, 2014, 128 pp.
Team Training, Orion, 2014, 128 pp.

Other books
Tilly’s Pony Tails Annual 2011, Orion, London, 2010
Pippa Funnell: the Autobiography, Orion, London, 2004
Ask Pippa, Orion, London, 2011, 132 pp.
Follow Your Dreams, Orion, London, 2011, 46 pp.

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