Welcome to my website, where you’ll find information about me (Victoria Eveleigh), my books and the horses, ponies, people and places that have inspired my stories.
Oh, and I can’t resist telling you a bit about our beautiful farm on Exmoor, West Ilkerton Farm.
You can now buy books from the Bookshop page of this website. Signed books make an ideal present, and books can be signed by me (the author) and my husband Chris (the illustrator).
I’m sorry if you’ve had a problem viewing this site and buying books during the past month. I hope that the problems have now been resolved (although I’m still adding photos and text) but please let me know if you are having difficulties.
The Exmoor Magazine is running a competition to win a complete set of my books! All you have to do is name twelve of the horses and ponies that appear in my stories. To help you, in case you haven’t got my books handy, I’ve put some names in blueon various pages of this website: this one (Home), Katy, Horseshoe Trilogy, A Stallion Called Midnight and Bookshop. When you’ve found twelve names, either fill in the Contact form on this website or write to me at West Ilkerton Farm, Lynton, N Devon EX35 6QA. The closing date is 5th January 2018, but I’ll wait until Wednesday 10th until I announce the winner to allow for postal delays. Good luck!
My latest book Katy’s Pony Summer is now available. This isthe fifth story in theKaty’s Poniesseries, which follows a girl called Katy and her Exmoor pony, Trifle, as they grow up on a farm in Exmoor National Park, south-west England.
You can read more about Katy and her adventures here.
The first four books are Katy’s Wild Foal, Katy’s Champion Pony,Katy’s Pony Surprise and Katy’s Pony Challenge.
And here’s some more wonderful news! I’m thrilled that Copperfox Model Horses has produced a model of Trifle, the Exmoor pony in my books!
This photo is of a Lundy pony called Cirl Bunting. I took it on the island of Lundy several years ago, and it was on the wall beside me as I wrote my story about her ancestor, Midnight, who was the herd stallion on the island during the 1950s. He was the inspiration for my book A Stallion Called Midnight (previously self-published as Midnight on Lundy). You can read about the real Midnight and some of the people who helped me write my story about him here.
All my books are for boys as well as girls, but in The Horseshoe Trilogy the main character is a boy because I know a lot of boys who love horses and riding, and several have asked me why modern pony stories are aimed at girls. I don’t know why, and think it’s rather unfair, so the best thing I could do was to write some books about a boy called Joe. The trilogy has several themes and storylines, like aikido, Pony Club mounted games, heavy horses and farriery. There’s a variety horses and ponies in Joe’s life, from a games pony called Lightning to a couple of Shire horses called Velvet and Sherman.
You can see a very special horseshoe for a Shire being made here:
I’ve written nine books for Orion. They all have illustrations by my husband, Chris, and cover pictures by Angelo Rinaldi.
I enjoy visiting schools, attending author events in shops, taking part in festivals and giving interviews. Please contact me for further details
I’d love to hear from you, so do get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions for this site.