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  • Published: 2 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771494
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $14.99

Showtym Adventures 1: Dandy, the Mountain Pony




A bestselling junior fiction series inspired by true stories from the Wilson Sisters' childhoods. Let the adventure begin . . . taming a wild pony!

In the first Showtym Adventure, Vicki must train her own wild pony in order to continue her dream of riding.

When nine-year-old Vicki Wilson’s beloved lease pony is sold, she is heartbroken. Her family doesn't have much money, and she is desperate to have a pony of her own so she can keep riding.

Then Vicki has the chance she has been waiting for, to tame and train her own wild pony! How will she earn the trust of her beautiful new chestnut? And will Dandy ever be quiet enough for her to ride at Pony Club or compete at Ribbon Days?

This story is inspired by the Wilson Sisters’ early years, where Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson first encounter horses in the wild and learn what it takes to make them champions.

  • Pub date: 2 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143771494
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Kelly Wilson

Born in Whangamata, Kelly Wilson relocated to Northland with her family at the age of five. Having grown up around horses, she competed in show jumping to Pony Grand Prix level, before focusing on her creative talents. She won a scholarship to Auckland University of Technology and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design, going on to become an award-winning photographer and designer. She is the bestselling author of four biographical non-fiction books, For the Love of Horses, Stallion Challenges, Mustang Ride and Saving the Snowy Brumbies, a children's picture book Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion and a junior chapter book series Showtym Adventures. With her sisters Vicki and Amanda, Kelly has starred in the hit-rating TV series, Keeping up with the Kaimanawas, following their work taming New Zealand's wild Kaimanawa horses, and travelled to America and Australia to rescue and tame wild horses.

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Praise for Showtym Adventures 1: Dandy, the Mountain Pony

“The classic template of all great pony books - the girls with big hearts and absolutely no money who find an unloved pony and with hard work and natural talent...make them a champion against the odds.”

Stacy Gregg, author of Pony Club Secrets, The Sapling

“This is Vicki’s story about her first wild pony, Dandy. She was just 9 years old when the family brought home their first lot of wild horses—two stallions, a mare and a foal. One of those stallions was Dandy. Vicki had to have a lot of patience and courage to earn Dandy’s trust. The family couldn’t afford to buy food for the horses so three times a day they would pick barrow loads of grass from the side of the road. Great story for any child wanting a pony—it’s not just about riding, there’s a lot of hard work that goes into owning a horse.”

Linda Hall, Northern Advocate


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