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Reader Profile: Saskia

Hi! My name is Saskia Henry-Davies, I’m 10 years old and I am in Year 6.

Making friends with Owly the Exmoor stallion. (Gaia was jealous!)
Making friends with Owly the Exmoor stallion. (Gaia was jealous!)

Me Growing Up:

I was born in Haarlem (The Netherlands) and lived in a large town until I was 6 years old. I had nothing to do with horses when I lived in Holland apart from when I visited the town farm and they had a few Shetlands ponies, but that was all.

We had to move to Wales on my 6th birthday, I didn’t want to go. To try and make the move fun for me, my parents said that I could do some little rides at the local riding centre near our new home. That’s what happened, and that was it! I loved riding and I have been riding every week ever since!

From there I have had weekly lessons, taken part in competitions, gone out on hacks from the centre, ridden on the beach and over the Black Mountains. I have also ridden out with friends on their ponies. Some of the most exciting lessons I have had is with Louise Harwood, the three day eventer and Badminton competitor.

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Having fun on a beach in West Wales

My First Victoria Eveleigh Book:

I have been writing to Victoria for over 2 years, this is how it all started.

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A jumping competition this summer

My auntie bought me my first Victoria Eveleigh book: Katy’s Wild Foal, I enjoyed reading it so much that when my teacher told us that we were going to write to our favourite author I chose to write to Victoria. I was incredibly lucky because I was one of only three people who got replies from our authors. It was so kind of Victoria to reply to me, I was surprised and delighted and so was my teacher! We have been writing to each other ever since. Victoria is the best ‘Pen-Pal’ I have ever had. Since then I have collected and read all of Victoria’s wonderful books over and over again!

Victoria, Animals & Farm:

Victoria is a wonderful person and when we visited her farm I met most of her horses also she took me to see her Exmoor herd. I realised how much she adored all her horses and how they adored her. Victoria has two Exmoor herds, one with a stallion (Owly) and he is such a sweet pony. She also has a Clydesdale called Ruby.

Here are a couple of photos of me and Victoria with Sherman the Shire and BFC (Big Fat Cat) at West Ilkerton Farm.

 

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All of the horses are very well mannered and I could never imagine them hurting or harming anyone (Well Done Victoria!)

I loved my visit to Victoria’s farm, she made us feel comfortable and was very hospitable. There were many other animals on the farm including three dogs, a cat called Big Fat Cat, a herd of very lovely Devon cows and calves and of course magnificent horses and ponies! The surroundings of her wonderful farm are like something from a picture book, it is such a pretty setting, quiet, beautiful. Also Sarah, Victoria’s daughter, and Chris, Victoria’s husband, are very friendly and kind!

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With the Eveleigh’s retired racehorse, Croix de Guerre.

Victoria’s Books:

Victoria has written superb and brilliant books and I would more than recommend all of her pony books, they are all so enthralling, they make me so happy! My favourite book is A Stallion Called Midnight because it’s full of adventure and throws a whole load of emotions at the reader and my least favourite, I don’t have one! It’s nice that the Joe and Katy stories are completely different with different lifestyles, dissimilar characters and different in so many ways, apart from the pony love! I love all of Victoria’s wonderful books and they are best books in the world!

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Making friends with Owly, the Exmoor stallion. His two foals, in the background, are called Folly and Saskia!

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 Challengetogether 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.

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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!

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Katherine and Molly Stokes

Reader Profile: Charlie and his Exmoor pony Becks

Hi, my name is Charlie and I am 7 years old.

I love playing computer games, football and riding Exmoor ponies!

I am in year 3 at school and my favourite subject is P.E. because I like running around and being outside.

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Charlie and Becks

I love reading your books about Exmoor ponies. My favourite Exmoor pony is Kingsdown 289/5 better known as Becks.