Belinda Rapley is a relatively new entrant on the British pony book scene. She started riding when she was eleven, and is now a British Horse Society Instructor, as well as having a National Diploma in Horse Studies. The Pony Detectives is her debut series for children. It’s a solid and well-written start, which takes the traditional format of girls plus ponies and keeps it tightly within those lines: the girls have adventures with their ponies and there’s none of the extraneous fantastic or romantic elements that have been added to the genre over the years. Four girls keep their ponies on a yard (they’re the only inhabitants – yard heaven) and besides doing the standard pony stuff, solve mysteries.
The series now numbers six books, and you can read my review of the first here
Finding the books
Still in print.