Fat Chance: Pony Tails


While twelve-year-old Samantha Evans worries that others won’t recognize the potential of fat pony, Roly-poly, others fear that Samantha won’t discover her own. This is a short story about setting goals, struggling to achieve them and whether or not continually taking second place will defeat Samantha or make her stronger. Set against the backdrop of horses and dressage training, scholars of the art may enjoy reading a book featuring their passion. Those pursuing other interests may be entertained by learning what is involved in shepherding a horse from pasture to show ring. Fat Chance: Pony Tales contains over 100 photographs, and Roly gets to tell the story from his point of view in captions beneath each picture. Although this is a work of fiction, some events actually happened during our 2013 show season.

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“Betty always writes with feeling and heart. This story is no exception. Fat Chance: Pony Tales is another winner!” – J. Adams – author of the Scottish Highland romance, If Not for Love

“Sometimes big things come in small-and-wide packages. Samantha desperately dreams of horses, even though her parents can’t afford one. When she gets riding lessons for Christmas, her special affection for the pony Rollie will take her on an adventure that is every horse-crazy girl’s fantasy.” – Lara Oles, Para Equestrian and aspiring Paralympian

“I loved Fat Chance: Pony Tales, starting with the title. This little, cubby horse has as much personality as anyone in the book. This was a great tale of a young girl struggling to make her way in the world of riding competitions. I learned a lot about the rigors of this sport, and the story made me want to attend a competition. Very well written, and a great read for any age.” – Writer Linda Orvis


2014 International Book Awards, Fiction: Young Adult, Finalist

2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Animals/Pets, Finalist

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, 2014 Young Adult Winner


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