Rosie Julyan’s Review of ‘Katy’s Pony Challenge’

Many thanks to Rosie Julyan for sending me this lovely, thoughtful review of Katy’s Pony Challenge together with a photo of her pony, Timmy.

I love it when readers ‘get’ my stories, and Rosie has picked up on all the main themes. I’m especially glad that Rosie thinks Katy has a much happier life than  Alice, even though Alice seems to have it all: good looks, success and one of the most talented ponies money can buy!

I was really looking forward to reading this book because I have enjoyed the other Katy books so much. My friend, Elizabeth, has read them too and she couldn’t wait for me to finish so that she could read it!

Katys Pony Challenge

‘Katy’s Pony Challenge’ seemed different to the first three books because not so much happened in the story but I learnt more about how ponies think. For example, Trifle loved pushing the ball but hated the curtain. It has made me realise that if I am calm, my pony will be calm, especially if he trust me.

I live on a farm and have a pony called Timmy. I enjoyed reading the bits about looking after the lambs because my job during lambing time is to feed the orphan lambs. They are very greedy but cuddly, too!

I liked it that James was in this story and that Katy and Alice were kind to him. It must have been a challenge for Katy to let James look after Trifle.

She was really kind at the end because she let James show what he could do and didn’t steal the limelight for herself. It was funny when he took the rosette off Trifle – it just wasn’t important to him.

I would rather be Katy and live in her world on the farm rather than be Alice because she seems busy all the time and not so happy.

I can’t wait to read the next Katy book because I really like them.

Rosie and Timmy
Rosie and Timmy

Reader Profile: Katherine Stokes

 

It was lovely to see a copy of Katy’s Pony Challenge on Christmas day, and I’m really enjoying reading it before I go back to uni.

I was about 10 when I met Katy for the first time in Victoria Eveleigh’s self-published version of Katy’s Wild Foal (which was called Katy’s Exmoor).

We bought it after going on horse-drawn tour with the Eveleighs’ beautiful Shire horses.

Crofter & Basil

During our following holidays with the Eveleighs, in their self-catering cottage at West Ilkerton Farm, my sister Molly (who coincidentally shares Katy’s birthday on 1st April!) and I really felt like we grew up with Katy, envying her life on Exmoor and, of course, her ponies. Even though more years have passed for me than for her, I was delighted to catch up with Katy after all this time!

Katherine and Molly Stokes
Katherine and Molly Stokes