Victoria, along with husband Chris, lives and farms in Exmoor. She has written three children's pony books set in the area she knows so well, and featuring the distinctive Exmoor ponies, a stand-alone pony novel set on the island of Lundy and a new series of pony books which are aimed at boys as well as girls. The books are all charmingly illustrated by husband Chris.
Her first books were originally self-published by her own publishing company Tortoise Publishing. This independence made it possible for Ms. Eveleigh to write a far more traditional series of pony stories than the current crop of fantasy/sparkly pony books which were in vogue at the time. The older books were all recently reprinted by publisher Orion who - as seems to be the trend - changed the names of all the books. Sadly the identity of the books as being about specific native breeds of pony has been lost in the more generic new titles.
Victoria Eveleigh has her own website where you can find out more about her books.
Katy's Exmoor Series (aka Katy's Pony Series): Traditional pony series set on an Exmoor farm. As well as pony lovers the series will appeal to all who love the Exmoor area and the countryside/farming . The books were reprinted by Orion when the titles were all changed.
PONYMAD SERIES RATING: 3-4 HORSESHOES 1) KATY'S EXMOOR - THE STORY OF AN EXMOOR PONY aka KATY'S WILD FOAL (Orion edition) FIRST EDITIONTORTOISE PB 2002 ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS EVELEIGH Paperback original Reprinted in paperback by Orion in 2012 SUMMARY: Katy finds a newborn foal on the moors and falls in love with him.
2) KATY'S EXMOOR ADVENTURES aka KATY'S CHAMPION PONY (Orion edition) FIRST EDITIONTORTOISE PB 2003 ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS EVELEIGH Paperback original Reprinted in paperback by Orion in 2012 SUMMARY: Will Katy's dream of her pony Trifle becoming a champion ever come true or are there more important things to aspire to?
3) KATY'S EXMOOR FRIENDS aka KATY'S PONY SURPRISE (Orion edition) FIRST EDITIONTORTOISE PB 2005 ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS EVELEIGH Paperback original Reprinted in paperback by Orion in 2012 SUMMARY: Katy is off to Pony Club Camp with Trifle. But Trifle holds a big surprise in store for her!
Collectors Info: All paperbacks. The Orion reprints are in print and available new. Second hand copies are easy to find in the UK and cheap.
1) JOE AND THE HIDDEN HORSESHOE FIRST EDITION ORION 2013 ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS EVELEIGH Paperback original SUMMARY: Joe wishes that the family had never moved to a new house, that his mother hadn't bought two ponies nobody wanted to ride and also that he could have a dog of his own. When he finds an old lucky horseshoe he decides to make some wishes on it just for fun. PONYMAD RATING: 4 HORSESHOES Read Review
2) JOE AND THE LIGHTNING PONY FIRST EDITION ORION 2013 ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS EVELEIGH Paperback original SUMMARY: Joe is delighted that his pony, Lightning, is brilliant at mounted games. The two of them make a great pair and Joe can't wait for them to try out for the Prince Phillip Cup team. There's just one problem - Lightning seems quite small now that Joe is growing so fast. What will he do when he's too big to ride her? And what will happen to Lightning if she is sold?
Collectors Info: Paperback originals. Both are in print and available new. A third book in the series is also due to be published, although I have no publishing date as yet.
Other Horse & Pony Books:
MIDNIGHT ON LUNDY aka A STALLION CALLED MIDNIGHT (Orion edition) FIRST EDITION TORTOISE 2009 ILLUSTRATED BY CHRIS EVELEIGH Paperback original Reprinted in paperback by Orion in 2012 SUMMARY: The island of Lundy is twelve-year-old Jenny's world, with its close-knit community of islanders and lighthouse-keepers. But soon she must go to boarding school on the mainland, leaving behind everything she loves - including Midnight, the wild stallion she has secretly befriended.…
Collectors Info: The Orion editions is in print and available new. Second hand copies are easy to find in the UK and cheap.