Ponies, ponies, ponies


Victoria Eveleigh

Victoria Eveleigh lives and farms on Exmoor, and her books are inspired by her own animals. She and her husband 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 others).

Victoria Eveleigh is one of the most traditional pony authors writing today. 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 and the Hidden Horseshoe

Joe and the Lightning Pony

Joe & the Race to the Rescue

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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

Bibliography - pony books only

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.

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.

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 his 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 when Joe, and his friends and family, are threatened by floods.