Batt, Elisabeth

About the author

Elisabeth Batt wrote many children’s books, of which two (as far as I know) were pony books. Some of her books have a Christian background: A Pony to Stay does too.

Finding the books
A Pony to Stay is easy to find in both its incarnations, and not at all expensive. The Wilde Riders is a little more expensive, but is still reasonably priced, and is easy to find.

Links and sources
Many thanks to Hannah Fleetwood for her help with the pictures.

Bibliography (pony books only)


Lutterworth Press, London, 1968
Reprinted 1976, Lutterworth Press, pb

“Lal Verney loved to go riding but she didn’t often have the chance, for her parents hadn’t much money to spare and she herself was too shy to join a club or hover hopefully round the local stables. it was lovely when Joss Merton invited her to come over each day and ride Cuffy, Joss’s lively and affectionate bay pony. Joss and Lal soon became fast friends, but then Joss was told her family were moving to a city, with no place for Cuffy. Joss couldn’t bear to sell Cuffy. Shy as she was, Lal knew that between her friendship for Joss and affection for Cuffy, she would have no rest unless she tried to help.”


Kingfisher, 1960, illus L F Lupton, 120 pp.

“Vicky has her own private bathroom and a father with a Rolls Royce; Alison is the powerful leader of her ‘set’ at school; the Sherwood’s have a secret society and do good deeds around the village. The people in this book have everything. But have they? They need more than that to cope with the problems of a broken home and a school corridor, and to ride through the storm as Katherine Wilde once rode to her death.”