In #6: True Riders, by Catherina Hapka, Brooke loves riding horses and she has her very own Chincoteague pony. She rides her pony Foxy all the time, and now her parents want her to share her pony with her younger brother and sister. Brooke hates having to share, especially where Foxy is so young and new in her training. When Brooke's friend Adam enters Brooke and Foxy into a competition, Brooke's nervous about competing . . . what if Foxy acts up and something bad happens? With a little help from her online group, Pony Post, and a new friend, can Brooke overcome her anxiety? Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
Brooke has major boy problems—from her brothers to her crush to her horse—in this sixth book in a contemporary middle grade series in the tradition of Marguerite Henry’s Misty of Chincoteague.
Boys + ponies = trouble. Lots of it. Brooke’s parents force Brooke to share Foxy with her little brothers and Brooke is none too happy. But she is happy that her friend Adam has been hanging around more again. She even lets him talk her into entering Foxy in a local show. But it doesn’t help that the twins riding Foxy so much lately is making the pony backslide in her training and act up a bit. And then: disaster! Adam backs out of attending the show, and Brooke almost backs out as well when Foxy throws her off for the first time ever! Will Brooke give up on riding for good?
Catherine Hapka, a lifelong horse enthusiast, has written many books for young readers, including some in the Saddle Club, the Horse Diaries, and the A Circuit Novel series (with Georgina Bloomberg). She keeps three horses at her small farm in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.