Pony News, Views and Attitudes -- Vol. 1 Number 50 -- June 30-July 6, 2008

Bella and Nyah

Hi my name is Isabella , but everyone calls me Bella. I am 7 years old and love reading the Pony Pals books with my Daddy.  We read together almost every night, and I'm sure he enjoys reading of the Pony Pals adventures as much as I do.
My  Daddy has attached a picture of me and my pony Nyah. I have been learning to ride for almost a year now, Daddy and Mummy ( Teresa ) too.

We would like to thank Ms Betancourt so much for her wonderful stories !! They make us laugh, they can also bring a tear to the eye ( Daddy too )  someone that can weave this magic into a story, is very special.
Can you pass this message on to Ms Betancourt for me & my Daddy ( David Mc W )  ????
thank you,  regards Isabella ( Bella ) and David Mc W
Albury.  Australia.
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  • $5 per time you play



Club Pony Pals
Letters & Drawings

Dear Ms. Betancourt,
I enjoyed reading all of your books. My friends and I have been so inspired by your books that we made a club, too! Its called horses E.A.C.
You inspired all of my friends and I to make this club. And what’s weird is that I’m most like Pam and I live farthest from my other two friends. One of my friends is like Lulu and the other is like Anna and, they live diagonal from each other. Thank You for listening!
From: A horse maniac
P.S. Can you please keep on writing books about the pony pals? PLEASE!!!???

Dear Jeanne Betancourt,

I want this E-Mail to go to you. Hi I'm Cayce. Could you please write more Pony Pals books? I want to find
out what happens next and I want to find out whether or not Lulu's dad will permanently settle down in Wiggins and live with Lulu and her grandmother. Also could you please make an official Pony Pals club for the fans of Pony Pals? Plus all of The Pony Pals fans miss The Pony Pals book series. It would really really mean a lot to me and all of the other Pony Pals fans.

Look look I'm doing the lip. :(

Please answer my questions. Please respond PDQ the second after you get this E-Mail. Sincerely, Cayce

Dear Pony Pals Horse Maniac and Cayce

Your letters went to Jeanne Betancourt. She says "hi!"

At Club Pony Pals we all want to get another Pony Pals book published. You can help. Ask your friends to join Club Pony Pals.

So pass this newsletter on to your friends. If every Pony Pal got just six other friends to sign up ..... then we might have enough members to get Jeanne to write another book.

Please ask six friends to join our Club this week. We'll look for their emails.



New Members Letters

My name is Melanie and I love reading the Pony Pals books. Can you please sign me up for the free weekly e-newsletter. Thank You.

please forward this to jeanne
how do i sign up

i want to be in pony pals because i love horses some horses are this color Kristin

Hello! can you please put me on the list to receive the Wiggins Weekly newsletter? I love reading it every week!!
Your pony pal friend,

I want to be a tester. We have read through book #11 and are really excited about a Pony Pal game! We have Verizon FIOS so connecting should not be a problem for us. Thank you! Sara S.

Dear Pony Pals Melanie, Kristin, Delaney, and Sara S. - -

Welcome to the Club! We are so glad to see all of our new readers! We all look forward to reading more letters from you and hearing about your adventures, with or without a pony.



Members Adventures

WebMaster: Re: Adventure
once we were riding ( i was riding jake ) we were trotting and jake started to run! it almost gave me a heart attack but it was still really fun! i love jake and riding horses too i love pony pal books they are so good do like them. i cant sign up cause it costs money im so sorry but i would if i could. Kristin

Dear Pony Pal Kristin
Thanks for writing! Good news! I am good friends with the Crandal Stables, so I’ve made special arrangements. Once the game is launched, you will be able to borrow a pony to ride for free! If you like riding that pony and want your own online pony to ride all the time and take care of, then you will have to pay a small amount each month to board that online pony. Once you do that, you can ride in Wiggins and go on
adventures with Pam, Anna and Lulu. Please let me know what you think of this plan.

Hey it's Audrey (ponigirl) and my bff Coley, we got back from the R. Summer camps at where i work. We were helping the younger kids learn about horses. Coley rides at B. Stables. Does anyone here go to horse camps? If so e-mail me. Audrey

Dear Pony Pal Audrey

Horse camp sounds like so much fun! It must be really great to help other kids learn about horses.

If you want to be Pony Pen Pals, Club Pony Pals will be glad to forward any member emails to other members. Audrey can write back the same way.

No one from Club Pony Pals will ever give out your email address or contact information. That is against the rules. See our Parents Page for more information about this.





Dear Pam, Please give your dog a kiss for me. Just a tip for your dog. Make sure your dad microchips him. That way if he runs away again you'll get him back faster. Thank-You for giving Lightning a kiss for me. Since Lightning has an upside down Heart on her forehead she's unique
and valuable. I can see you as a riding instructor or a vet when you grow up. Thanks for letting me know what it's like to be a big sister. I'm the youngest out of five kids. Did your mom say if Jack or Jill is the oldest twin or if they where born at the same time? Please answer my question. Please respond PDQ the second after you get this E-Mail.
Sincerely, Cayce

Dear Cayce

Woolie is microchipped. My dad did it when they first came out. Woolie wasn't sure about being kissed, but he gave me a big LICK back. I had to wash. 8-P

My mom thinks I should be a riding instructor. My dad thinks I should be a veterinarian. Just in case I want to be a vet, I study really hard to get good grades. It is very hard to get into vet school.

When I asked my mom she said Jill is older by two minutes. Then she told me the secret reason why she didn't tell them. If Jill knew she was the older sister, she would boss Jack around even more than she already does! That made me laugh.

Lightning gets a kiss every night. You are right, she is unique and valuable

Pony Pals,


Hi Pam
i am 1 of your most biggest fans!
How is it like when your mother is a riding
teacher and your father a veterinarian. Ohh
and by the way can you say hello to Lulu and Anna 4 me please. And can you rub lightings upside down heart for
good luck, Because i have my athletics carnival on thursday 26th of June 2008.
Samantha (pony pal lover) in Australia

Dear Samantha

Having a family where everybody rides horses and likes them is pretty fun. If anyone didn't like to hear about horses and ponies over dinner they shouldn't come out to our house!

The only bad part is that we don't always get to have dinner together. My dad gets calls to come help animals and ponies that are sick or hurt all the time. He sometimes doesn't get to sleep very much.

Your athletics carnival sounds like fun. What kind of events do you compete in?

Pony Pals,





Dear Lulu,

I can see you as a photographer when you grow up. You're
really good at photography. Thank-You for giving Snow White a kiss for me. Snow White's beautiful.
Please don't forget to ask your dad if he's ever thought about permanently settling down in Wiggins. And as for your dad's career he could work at the Wild Life Preserve in Wiggins if there is one.
(My pony) Annie isn't the only one boarded at Grandmama's house. My aunt's horse Cimarron and her son's horse Beauty are boarded at Grandmama's house for free too. So Annie isn't lonely. Annie will be 13 next year. When you ask your dad about permanently settling down in Wiggins please don't forget to suggest that he move in with you and your grandmother. That way your dad can save money on buying a house in Wiggins. Good luck with convincing your dad to permanently live in Wiggins. Please let me know how it goes. Please respond PDQ the second
after you get this E-Mail. Sincerely, Cayce

Dear Cayce,

Wiggins is too small to have a Wildlife Preserve. Even Mt. Morris Park is not very big and they only have Mr. Stranton, a Ranger who works there. He's really nice, though. He's helping Anna's dad build the monument in Mt. Morris Park.

When my Dad comes to visit next week I will ask him about living here. Write back to remind me and I will tell you what he said.

Annie sounds great. Anna told me about Annie the quarter horse from your letter. Please pet her for me and give her a kiss too. Send pictures of you and Annie and Cimarron and Beauty.

Snow White gets another kiss from you right behind her ears on her neck.

Your Pony Pal,

hi i love reading about the pony pals you are the cools one i like your horse can you email me. Chanelle

Dear Chanelle,

Thanks for your letter. Getting letters from other Club Pony Pals members makes me really happy.

Do you ride or take riding lessons? Are you going to summer school? Is your family going on summer vacation somewhere?

My Dad will be here in Wiggins next week back from Africa. I am so excited I will get to see him.

Write back and let me know about what's going on with you.

Pony Pals,



Hi Lulu i am Samantha and i love snow white
can you give her a kiss 4 me please! Thanks, Samantha in Australia


Dear Samantha,

Done! One kiss to Snow White right behind her left ear. I'll tell her it's from Samantha.

Pony Pals,





Dear Anna,
How is Acorn doing? How are you doing in school? I had fun in first grade! I will be in 2nd grade in August. I have a pony, her name is "Blondie "her show name is "Winds of Change" Do you show Acorn? I am afraid of jumping because I think my trainer puts them a little too high. Do you ever feel afraid or nervous at a show? I'm looking forward to going to my next show in July. Please write back soon! I cant wait to hear from you!
Pony pal,

Dear Delaney

Acorn is good. I did only OK in school last year. My tutor is helping me practice this summer. By next year she says I will be all caught up in math.

Blondie sounds great. What kind of pony is she? Do you have a picture of you and her?

Mrs. Crandal says you can tell her any time you think your jumps are too high. Jumping is fun and exciting but her students don't jump high until they are ready.

At the show two weeks ago I was really nervous before I went out to jump with Acorn.

Mrs. Crandal had me do deep breathing. That's where you breathe in as much as you can, then breathe out of your mouth. If you do it three times you will feel calmer.

At the show Acorn was really good. He is so small the jumps have to be small. He went right over them though, just like we were flying.

Let me know how your lessons go before your next show. I'll kiss Acorn for you, kiss Blondie for me.

Pony Pals,

Dear Anna,
You're really good at drawing. I can see you as an artist when you grow up. Oh. Your tutor sounds really nice. I've got a tutor to, and she's really cool. Thanks for giving Acorn a kiss for me and for petting Shadow for me. Just a tip for Shadow. Make sure you get him microchiped. That way if he runs away you'll get him back quicker.
I've got my own horse. Her name is Annie and she's a Chestnut Quarter Horse. It took me 10 years to get Mom to say yes to getting me a horse. We're boarding Annie at my grandmother's house for free. I've been riding horses since I was 4, but I've been taking lessons since the 3rd grade. Annie's really sweet. She doesn't buck, kick, rear or bite. Will you please let Pam and Lulu know about Annie? Thanks for saying that Acorn has room in his heart for me and for calling me a Pony Pal. Please respond PDQ the second after you get this E-Mail.
Sincerely, Cayce

Dear Pony Pal Cayce,

Thanks for telling me you like my drawings. If I could be an artist when I grow up I think that would be fun.

Shadow is microchipped. Pam's Dad did it last time he got shots.

Annie sounds great. How long have you had her? Do you ride English or Western?

Write back. Pony Pals,

Hi Anna!
Samantha in Australia

Dear Pony Pal Samantha,

You are my first Pony Pen Pal from Australia! Thanks for writing to me. Do you ride ponies there?

Pony Pals,






Pony Pals Puzzle of the Week
by Robin A.

Breed Names
ord Finder

The names of 15 breeds of horse are hidden in this puzzle.
Can you find them all?

Breeds are:
American saddle
Hackney Hunter
Polo pony
Suffolk punch
Tennessee walking


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...."

Summer F. writes:
"I'm not too big!" neighs Squirrel. "I'm just the right size!"

Lulu Sanders writes:
Meredith thought Squirrel was funny. She looked very serious. Really she was trying not to laugh. Then she said, "Some little ponies want to be big horses. You're lucky to be so big. "

Summer F. writes:
"I am not too big!" yelled Squirrel. "See, I can lay down and you can just hop on!"

Anna Harley writes:
Squirrel sniffed the ground with his nose. He pawed the dirt and bent his front legs. Then he bent his back legs. Whump. He was on the ground. "Its nice down here," Squirrel thought. "While I'm down here I'll ...."

Isabelle M. writes:
"... just eat some of this clover. Hey when are you getting on?????!"

Anna Harley writes:
Meredith looked at Squirrel decided maybe jumping on without a saddle or bridle could mean problems.

Isabelle M. writes:
"Ok Squirrel I will go home and see if I can find someone to ride you."

Anna Harley writes:
Meredith drove off to the barn. When she got there she was really surprised because she found...

Summer F. writes:
...A girl sitting in a stool. She had dark blonde hair, and was petting a dapple gray pony with a black mane and tail. "Who are you?" Meredith asked.

Lulu Sanders writes:
She quiet and seemed to be thinking, but....

Summer F. continues:
The girl didn't stop petting the pony. "Wait a minute," said  Meredith to herself, "she isn't petting, she is writing a note."

When the girl was done, she clipped on her helmet, and tacked up her pony. "He ya!" shouted the girl. The gray pony galloped. Meredith saw when the girl was away from the light, her hair was brown. When she was in the light, her hair was very dark blond.
When the girl and the pony left,  Meredith read the note. It said;

DEAR ALL PONY PALS: Pongo, the Appaloosa foal is missing. He's in the Darkwood Forest, (I found tracks). If you want to help, grab a pony and go. P.S. Sorry if I'm scared about Darkwood Forest; I had nightmares about it. SUMMER

Meredith was scared. "I have to help," she said.

She ran to find Squirrel. He was hiding behind a bush. "Squirrel! shouted Meredith.

Squirrel came out from hiding. "A foal has gone missing," Meredith said, we have to help them find it."

Meredith tacked up Squirrel.

"But, I thought I was too big for you," said Squirrel. "Your size isn't what matters," said Meredith, "the foal is what matters now."  

Meredith swung herself on the saddle and chipped her helmet on. "Hy-ho, Squirrel! Away"

With an angry blow, Squirrel galloped. "To Darkwood Forest!" Squirrel slowed to a canter, then back to a gallop. No matter how scared they were, they had to help the girl find the foal. "This could be he greatest adventure in all of Pony Pals History," Meredith said to herself, "We could be heroes. Just wait till the Pony Pals read this!"

Ginny S. writes:
Meredith and Squirrel rode carefully through Darkwood Forest so that they could hear any sounds that would help them find Pongo. Meredith had tracked deer with her father so she knew the signs to look for, that would tell her if an animal had come this way.

Rider and trusted pony moved slowly along the leaf-covered trail. When he came to a tree that had fallen across the trail, Squirrel refused to go any further.

Photo by Jeanne Betancourt

In this strange situation, Meredith thought about what her parents had said about horse behavior: "Mer-Mer, your pony has a special sense that tells it when something is wrong. Trust your pony when it stops and find out why it won't listen when you tell it to go on." Using caution, Mer-Mer slid off of Squirrel and approached the ground that was hidden under the fallen tree. Something was trapped...


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


We want your drawings or letters! Send them in to the Wiggins Weekly.

email WebMaster@clubponypals.com

or mail them to

Club Pony Pals
16654 Soledad Canyon Rd. #382
Canyon Country, CA 91387




Ethan leads Mrs. S on a pony ride


Dear Lisa C

How much does it normally cost to lease a horse or pony? We don't have the land for a horse right now, but riding and/or owning a horse is truly a desire of mine. It's not just kids who dream about having their own pony.

I love how you got connected with the right person so that you could buy Suzi Q. Why did your son decide to stop riding? That happened to my son too, but we hadn't bought a horse yet.

Mrs. S

Dear Mrs. S,

The costs of leasing a pony can really vary quite a bit, depending on the pony and the situation. For example, a lot of times a pony may be available as a "1/2 lease", in which the costs of keeping the pony (board, shoes, vet, etc) are split between the owner and the person leasing the pony, with each having 2 or 3 days a week of riding.

Then there are "free leases", in which the person who leases the pony has full care and custody of the pony and pays 100% of all of the costs of maintaining the pony, but they don't pay anything extra to the pony's owner.

For the ponies who are well trained and who are quite good at their jobs, there is usually also a lease fee, typically set at 1/3rd the value of a pony, and leases are usually committed to for a year in duration. So, for example, if a pony is worth $15,000, it would be leased out at a cost of $5,000 for one year. The person who is paying the lease (known as the "lessee") pays the lease fee AND all of the costs involved in keeping the pony (board, vet bills, shoeing, etc).

My son decided to stop riding last fall, right around the time he turned 11 years old. My son was a member of our local pony club, and once he decided to stop riding, he then decided that he wanted to stay in pony club, anyway, because he enjoys the other kids in the club and the club activities. So now my son rides my horse, Linus, at pony club meetings once a week. Other than the pony club meetings, he really doesn't ride. Most pony clubs require members to either have their own pony, or lease a pony, but there are some pony clubs who provide horses and ponies to their members. Pony clubbers learn lots about not just how to ride, but how to take care of a pony, also. For more information, check out www.ponyclub.org

Lisa C.



Pony Pal Photos -- Bella and Nyah



Bella and Nyah live in Australia. Look at the difference in Nyah's color from her summer coat and her winter coat!


Pony Pals Thought for the Day

Ponies teach, they never preach.

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