Thank you so much to everyone who voted for The Girl Who Rode The Wind in the Children’s Choice Awards – we won! That makes three years in a row now – so thank you so much to everyone who voted! It was a brilliant fun night – I was presented with my award by Fiona Glennie from Sacred Heart College New Plymouth and took this pic when we caught up later backstage. Such a fun night!
You should have seen the size of the pony who ate this!
Found a giant carrot and hosted a pony trek for my readers at the Ruapehu Writer’s festival this weekend. Oh and did I mention that I finished writing the new book too?! It’s called The Diamond Horse, it is set in Russia in the winter and it will be out in the UK in October and New Zealand/Australia in November!
As you all know, I am on the big book tour at the moment and have been in Wellington, Blenheim and Nelson and am now back in Wellington again. Lots of photos to come so keep an eye on my blog. All I could think about yesterday though as I was touring was Andrew Nicholson – who fell at the final fence at Gatcombe on the weekend. He was leading after winning the dressage and was going clear cross country as usual until he fell at the final fence when his horse tripped. The news reports told us nothing at first other than he had a serious neck injury and was in hospital and everyone has been so worried. Such a relief to wake up today and read reports that he has had successful neck surgery and has “a full range of movement”. Get well soon Andrew! Everyone is thinking of you and we hope you are back out there on the cross country in winning form in no time….
Thanks so much to all the kids at Welbourn School and Frankley School who did amazing work with me in the writing workshops – so many of you were super talented and really earnt your bookmarks and rosettes! Thanks to Access Radio Taranaki – you girls did the best radio interview I have ever had! And super-big thank you to PaperPlus who hosted me for my book signing – and the amazing kids who came in to get their books signed including Ella, Jenna and Noah (and my old friend and fellow author David Hill!) – I had the best time! Here are some pics of the clever kids who did my writing workshop at Frankley School….
It was a 4.30am start to get to Hakaru Pony Club for the last event of the competition season – the Area teams ODE. My daughter and her pony were stepping up to ride 95cm for the first time. Very exciting! They were sitting in third place after the dressage, and went clear across the massive and technical cross country course to hold their position. But then the show jumping was less good – two rails and a refusal and they fell to 9th! It can happen to anyone though – poor Andrew Nicholson! Although he is ranked World Number One in eventing he has never, ever won the Badminton Horse Trials and this year he led the dressage and went clear cross country and then his stunning chestnut Nereo took three rails in the show jumping and fell back to sixth! Beaten by his arch rival William Fox-Pitt who won it for the second time. Big congrats to the wonderful William. It was some consolation for my daughter to know that even the superstar riders can take a rail and lose the dream. Will Andrew Nicholson ever win Badminton? My very favourite horse was there at Badminton too again this year – Nicola Wilson’s Beltane Queen. I LOVE that mare – she is the only coloured horse I know competing at Advanced and she is sassy and has such an amazing courage to her cross country! Take a look at her here…
The big event for us last month was the Mercer Cup – Our Rosedale Pony Club team of four riders all went double clear and won the 80cm class and got rewarded with a super-huge silver and black sash each! My daughter’s one is now up in the living room on the wall – although it is so heavy the blu-tack can’t hold it and it keeps falling down!
Meanwhile, I have just finished final read-throughs on the new book – The Girl Who Rode the Wind. You can see the book cover on the home page – I think it is gorgeous! I can’t wait for it to come out in August. There will definitely be an NZ book tour then – am hoping to also visit the UK so watch out for news!