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Ponies, ponies, ponies

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VICTORIA EVELEIGH

Victoria Eveleigh lives and farms on Exmoor, and her books are inspired by her own animals. She and her husband keep They keep Exmoor Horn Sheep, North Devon cattle, and of course Exmoors. Her husband illustrates her books, and they published the original Katy series themselves. The books, and Midnight on Lundy, have now been picked up by Orion Books, and have been re-written and updated; quite substantially so with some titles, which have lost some plot elements altogether (but gained otohers).

She is the most traditional pony author I’ve found.  Her books are completely devoid of marketing department glitz or fantasy:  what you get is a good, straightforward story, well-observed and with masses of accurate pony content.  

Finding the books: the original books are now out of print. Orion’s versions are all in print.

Links and sources:

Victoria Eveleigh’s website

 

The Katy Series

Katy’s Exmoor

Katy’s Exmoor Adventures

Katy’s Exmoor Friends

 

Republished as
Katy’s Wild Foal

Katy’s Champion Pony

Katy’s Pony Surprise

 

Joe

Joe and the Hidden Horseshoe

Joe and the Lightning Pony

Katy’s Exmoor

Tortoise Publishing, Exmoor, 2002, illus Chris Eveleigh, 96 pp.

Reprinted 2005

Republished and re-written as Katy’s Wild Foal, Orion, 2012,

The original book is reviewed here, and in its new incarnation here.

 

Katy lives on a farm in Exmoor, and she is desperate for a pony for her own.  She finds a
newborn Exmoor foal, and is sure that the foal is the one for her.  Her family do not see it
as that straightforward, however.

 

 

 

Katy’s Exmoor Adventures

Tortoise Publishing, Exmoor, 2003, illus Chris Eveleigh,111 pp.

Reprinted 2006

Republished and re-written as Katy’s Champion Pony, Orion, 2012

The book is reviewed in its new incarnation here.

 

Katy dreams that her Exmoor pony, Trifle, will be a champion, but Foot and Mouth disease
puts paid to all her hopes.  It looks as if the restrictions brought in to combat the disease
will put paid to Katy’s home, Barton Farm, too.

 

Katy’s Champion Pony: Katy and her friend Alice go off on a long distance ride over
Exmoor.

 

 

 

 

Katy’s Exmoor Friends

Tortoise Publishing, Exmoor, 2005, illus Chris Eveleigh,128 pp.

Reprinted 2006

Republished and re-written as Katy’s Champion Pony, Orion, 2012

 

Katy is now a teenager, and life is challenging, as well as surprising.  The surprise she gets
on Christmas Eve turns out to be the best one of all.

 

Katy’s Pony Surprise: Katy and Trifle are off to Pony Club Camp.

 

 

Midnight on Lundy

Tortoise Publishing, Exmoor, 2009, illus Chris Eveleigh, 190 pp.

Republished and re-written as A Stallion Called Midnight, Orion, 2012

 

Read a review of the original book here.

 

12 year old Jenny lives on the island of Lundy.  Now she is 12, she is too old for the island
school, and must move to a school on the mainland.  She will leave behind everything she
loves, including the wild Lundy stallion Midnight.

 

 

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BIBLIOGRAPHY - PONY BOOKS ONLY

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Joe and the Hidden Horseshoe

Orion Books, London, 2013, 151 pp. Illus Chris Eveleigh

 

Read a review of the book here.

 

Joe and his family are moving from Birmingham to the country. Joe’s mother and sister are thrilled because they’ll
be able to have horses. Joe’s not so keen. He likes horses, but aren’t they a girl thing? When Joe’s mum falls off
new pony Lady, Joe has to step into the breach.

 

 

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Joe and the Lightning Pony

Orion Books, London, 2013, 170 pp. Illus Chris Eveleigh

 

Read a review of the book here.

 

Joe and his family are now settled in the countryside. Lightning’s no longer lame, and Joe finds out that she is a
whizz at gymkhana games. After some misgivings, he joins the local Pony Club, and decides to try out for the
Prince Philip Cup team. It’s a long learning curve for Joe, but he’s a fighter. Along the way, he learns more about
Lightning and her past, and helps his little sister Emily cope with tragedy.

 

 

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BRITISH PONY BOOKS HOME

Joe and the Race to the Rescue

Orion Books, London, 2014, 128 pp. Illus Chris Eveleigh

 

Read a review of the book here.

 

Joe loves all horses. He’s now moved on from this first pony, who he’s outgrown, and is trying to get to grips with
new pony Fortune. He meets Velvet and Sherman, two Shire horses, who open his eyes to the entirely different ways
in which you can enjoy horses. The Shires come into their own with Joe, his friends and family, are threatened by
floods.

 

 

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