Pony News, Views and Attitudes -- Vol. 1 Number 44 May 19-26, 2008

Saying Hello
to a New Friend

Caper and his new owner.
Photo courtesy of Pony Pal Nancy DeM.
Nancy wrote, "It was really too good to pass up. Sweet little kid with both Mom and Grandma experienced horse people. Pastures (once the sun burns them enough to be pony-safer), with 24/7 turnout with shelter.
His own elderly mare companion. Home for life."


New Pony Pals Game Coming Soon

This week there is good news about the Pony Pals game. After initial research and development, Club Pony Pals is ready to unveil a simple "click and play" first section of the game. Club Pony Pals members will be able to visit this very first part in the world of Wiggins to play any time they are at their computers. There is no cost to play.

Crandal's Stables owner Jane Crandal is enthusiastic. "For the first time, Pony Pals will be able to visit Wiggins and go exploring. As time goes on, the game will get bigger and better," she said.

"We know that members of the Club have been waiting for a long time," she continued. "I'm pleased to announce this first step as a chance to take a peek at what we have started to create."

In the next few weeks Club Pony Pals members will have a chance to try the game and to tell developers what they think.

"It's important for us to hear from members. Since Wiggins exists in the imaginations of anyone who has read the Pony Pals books, we want to learn from many people how they think Wiggins should look and what kinds of things they will want to do when they are in online Wiggins" said Mrs. Crandal.

"Since it's going to be a world for families, we are also very interested in hearing from parents and teachers what kinds of features they want to see in online Wiggins" Jane Crandal said.

"As soon as the short section of virtual Wiggins is ready for trial, look for a link from the Club Pony Pals website to a special page" Ms. Crandal explained. "I hope we hear from lots of people."

Crandal's Stables Yard
From new Pony Pals game

This Week's Survey

When should a Pony Pals TV show be on?

Club Pony Pals
Letters & Drawings

     My daughter loves pony pals and I wanted to sign up for the news letter.

I would like to have the e-newspaper sent to me. How do you send in drawings on Club Pony Pals?

You can Email your drawing to me at WebMaster@clubponypals.com
To do that

Have a friend or teacher help you scan in your drawing into a computer.
Attach it to an email.
Send it in!
Or you can fold up the paper, put it in an envelope with a stamp and mail your drawing to
Club Pony Pals
16654 Soledad Canyon Rd. #382
Canyon Country, CA 91387


To: WebMaster
Re: Horses
please email back

Hi Mary
How are you today?

good how are u and did u get my mail?

Dear Pony Pal Mary
I got your emails. If you sent a letter in regular mail it is not here yet.

hi i enjoy pony pals so much i'm trying to get them all

Dear Pony Pal Mary
Just got back in from riding my ponies, was so glad to see your email. I really like the Pony Pals books, too. Which one is your favorite?

I don't really know. Probably A Pony for Keeps because then you know how much they help each other

That's the best part about being a Pony Pal! Where would you ride if you had a pony?

Would ride on trails or around the place i'm at.

Do you ever get to ride now?

yes i do but only every other weekend at S. stables.

Is this the weekend you get to ride? I hope so. How about summer, can you ride more often then?
It looks like the teacher at S gives lessons in jumping and dressage. Do you take lessons? What are you working on now?

yes this weekend i ride! and i think i can ride more in the summer .i take lessons yes and the cool thing is is that my teacher has the same name as me and i do not remember what we are working on.did u get my mail?

If you sent a letter in regular mail it has not come yet. We are in California, though the Pony Pals books are set in Connecticut. So to get mail from you in Minnesota to me in California takes a few days. I have to check the mailbox this afternoon and will write you back if the letter is there. I can't wait to see it...


Hi my name is Riesa and I was wondering when your website and every thing would be up?

P.S. I love your horse he is so cute

Thanks so much for your letter. We are hard at work on a prototype game, there is an article about it above and a part of it should be up to try out in the next few weeks. Yes, Aslan is cute and also is a handful. His mom was the just the same. I can’t wait until he’s old enough to ride all the time!

Please send me the monthly newsletter.
Please publish my picture on the Ponypals web site.
Thank you.

Picture by Charlotte T. in Australia,
who's about to turn 5

Dear Charlotte

What a great drawing.
Keep it up and send us more, its always great to hear from "down under."
About our e-newsletter, you're in luck, you get it once a week, not once a month!


Letter from Jeanne Betancourt

Seven young Pony Pals and a couple of moms are coming to my apartment (also my office) for a visit.

One of the children lives in my building became a Pony Pal by borrowing books from the bookcase I keep outside my door with Pony Pal books.

It should be a fun Pony Pal Party.


Dear Jeanne

What fun! We can't wait to see the pictures.

Drawn by Garland, age 9.

Club Pen Pals -- Now Readers Can Write to Each Other!

Dear Summer,
Hi! Your pictures are funny. I am not making fun of you. I like how you use your creative mind. Your twilight ponies are pretty awesome because of the background being colored instead of plain white.
Mrs. S is having a barn party at Meredith's house.
The tickets are to read a Pony Pal book and take an RC quiz. If you want to find out what a RC quiz is, write back please or look at issue #43. My friend Sadie wrote about this to Anna.
Do you have any sisters or brothers? I have a sister named Summer...luckily. She is 7. My other sisters are Daisy and Autumn. Daisy is 10 and Autumn is a year old. Here is the order we go in: Daisy, Sunshine (me), Summer, Autumn.
Where is your school, Summer?
I'm reading Pony Sitters now. I'm only on the first chapter. I've read 6 Pony Pal books already. How many have you read?
Your friend,



Thank you! You like my drawings? I read all of my Pony Pals books.
I stay homeschooled. I'm doing paper school.
I have math and Lang arts. My mom will then print out sci and his and geo. I hate history and geology. It is the hardest.
I have Petz horses 2 and i bought on ebay too soon!
I wasn't finished with school.
After computer school, then paper school, then I have to see my grading teacher, I CAN"T PLAY IT UNLESS I PASS AND MAKE IT TO 6TH GRADE! HOW FRUSTRATING!
Also my dad had to restart the computer. (I'll tell you why later in this letter)
Thanks for writing, I don't really have any real friends, but I think I have one. I only had a teenage sister. Her name is Erin. WOW! You have a sister after me! Cool! I'm 10 and she is 7. 3 years from my age! Cool!
For being an official friend of Summer, you will get E-mails from me like every day. Plus Pony Pals puzzles and surveys. Best part we'll be friends for life!
Now about the computer, It's mostly my fault. I downloaded a lota games and left bits of the games when uninstalling. I'm thinking of lots on names and colors for my horse. Please send me ideas for my game horse before I start.
Summer age, 10

Picture It

The story so far....

Ponigirl writes:
In the picture it looks like the horse is saying, "What's that? Is it edible?"

Pam Crandal writes:
Meredith tells her horse, "You silly, I'm learning to drive…."

NB Elementary writes:
"You'll hurt my feelings. Why are you riding that funny little machine instead of me?" whinnies Squirrel.

Pam Crandal writes:
Meredith laughs. Then she says, "You are too big for me, Squirrel. I want a pony. Then I would ride with the Pony Pals, and...."

What happens next? Write in and tell us -- you can help write this new Club Pony Pals e-story!
Send your e-story idea to WebMaster@clubponypals.com

I get a horse

By Robert Day
Prairie Writers Circle

''The schoolteacher who writes about us says he's going to get a horse to ride to town," says Mencken.

"What for?" asks Ed Earl.

"Groceries. Brown's Hardware. Potted flowers like he puts out in spring.”

"I mean why?"

"Save money on gas, I'd guess. Frugality in general."

I am the schoolteacher Mencken Cody and Ed Earl Williams are talking about. I am not there. It is a meeting of the Committee to Save the World, at the co-op in Bly, Kansas. It only takes two to have a meeting.

It is coming wheat harvest. Most of us don't have time right now to save the world, so it won't be long before Mencken and Ed Earl pile into their pickups.

Gas is crawling toward $4 a gallon. Diesel fuel is crawling uphill as well. The high-dollar wheat these men hope to sell could take a bad hit if you count the price of the fuel to bring it in.

But for the moment they are mediating over coffee about what they've heard I'm going to do.

"For an idea it sounds a quart low," says Ed Earl.

"It's a quart you don't have to add to your crankcase," says Mencken. "Besides, it's turning the clock back to better days."

"Clocks run straight on," says Ed Earl. "That's why you push up daises sooner or later."

"I had a horse as a boy," says Mencken. "Rode it to school a couple of times for the pleasure of it. I had to leave early and come home late. The world goes slower on a horse."

"Three to four miles an hour," says Ed Earl. "Slow even for government work. Time's money."

"My dad used to say the outside of a horse is good for the inside of the man. It jiggles your innards for exercise. Besides, what's time to a horse?"

"Does he know about horses?" asks Ed Earl.

"I saw him riding the Holste horse the other day. He bounces off the saddle at a trot, but he doesn't steer a horse by pulling on one rein then the other like that woman from the East Coast did. He's got a proper saddle. Not a cut down model. He can ride. Worked cattle near Hays, I think."

They look into their coffee to study about me riding a horse to town and what kind of talk that will start.

"If he'd get a horse that could pull a wagon," says Ed Earl, "I'd ask him to pick up a few things and skip a trip to town. He could carry his potted flowers easier as well."

"It costs me $3 here and back to drive my truck," says Mencken.

"A horse costs something," says Ed Earl.

"Figure the farrier bill and the vet like tires and oil," says Mencken. "Figure feed like gas, though a round bale would feed a horse for a month. But let's say it's even. You save insurance."

"Only if you sell your truck," says Ed Earl. "Just sitting your pickup costs money every month like you were using it. A man would have to give up the use of his truck to come out ahead."

"A man loses the use of his pickup in this country and it's like... ."

"Don't say it out loud," says Ed Earl. "He'll put it in what he writes and that will cause all kinds of trouble for us."

They are quiet for awhile. Others of the Committee to Save the World would have been here by now if they were coming. The coffee pot is foaming black goo at the bottom. There is sunshine in the work day ahead of us.

I am heading to the Oliva farm to see if they need me to drive their grain truck. As I go by the co-op I notice Ed Earl’s and Mencken's pickups. But I have promises to keep.

"How's he going to write about what we said without him being here?" asks Mencken.

"Somebody will let him know," says Ed Earl.

"I hope by the time he tells on us he's got his horse," says Mencken.

"With a wagon," says Ed Earl, standing up to drive to town.

Robert Day is an adjunct professor at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., he wrote this comment for the Land Institute's Prairie Writers Circle, Salina, Kan.


Dear Pam,
I love how you said, you silly. I'm learning to drive. My teacher Mrs. S and I, and Sadie, Nick, Garland, Sunshine, Brandy put together (the next part of the story - previously sent to the WW).
So, please write back.
Your friend,

hi,my name is mary and i love the pony pals please write back
Dear Meredith, Mrs. S, Sadie, Nick, Garland, Sunshine, Brandy and Mary,

How nice to get your letters!

Meredith, I wrote what I would say to Lightning if she saw me in that kind of cart. Your horse looks pretty curious and not too scared. Some ponies get frightened of carts or motorcycles and you have to teach them to be calm around them.


It's great to have a new Pony Pen Pal. What pony or horse do you ride in your lessons? I ride Lightning, here's her face from the new game.

Pony Pals,


Readers Letters About Pony Pals on TV

Last week's issue brought up the idea of a Pony Pals series on television. Here's some of the responses

Dear Editor:

The Pony Pals TV show time when on
Sundays: 10:00 PM
Mondays: 9:00 PM
Tuesdays: 11:00 AM
Wednesdays: 8:00 AM
Thursdays: 9:00 AM
Fridays: 11: 20 AM
Saturday: (full hour) 12:00 AM- 9:00 PM
(NOTE: That the Pony Pals TV show has 2 books per chapter and can have little story twists)

Thanks for your ideas Summer. It was your suggestion that started all of this. Other Club Pony Pals members had thoughts about TV, too. NB Elementary's Mrs. S. writes:

I did a survey of one 3rd grade class...21 students present and all indicated they'd watch Pony Pals on TV.
I asked each student for a day and time.

M-F 3; 3-9; 6:00; 7-9; 3:30
MWF 7-8
TH 6-7
F 6-8
Sat. 8:30, 9:30 AM, morning, 4:00, 6:30 PM

Brandy says she doesn't get home from ball games until late so she would watch the show at 9:00 P.M. That started a pretty lively discussion about bedtimes. Some are 8:30 or 9:00.

The teacher asked if it would be on public TV.

Want to vote in a survey? Go to http://www.ClubPonyPals.com and put in your vote!


Last Week's Survey Results

Which character do you want to be in the new Club Pony Pals game?

343 --- Pam
383 --- Anna
380 --- Lulu
346 --- A Fourth Pony Pal
326 --- One of the Boys


Send in your drawings or letters to the
Wiggins Weekly &
Club Pony Pals
16654 Soledad Canyon Rd. #382
Canyon Country, CA 91387
email WebMaster@clubponypals.com

Pony Pals Thought for the Day -- by Summer F.

It's not the size of the pony in the race
but the heart of the team that counts.



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