Review of Cameo, The Street Pony: Showtym Adventures #2 – Kelly Wilson

Posted: May 31, 2018 in children, horse, Review
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When nine-year-old Kelly Wilson outgrows her pony, her mum surprises her with a beautiful steel-grey mare that she spotted trotting down the street, tied to the back of a truck. But there’s a catch. Cameo has never been ridden!

While her sisters Vicki and Amanda are jumping higher than ever before, Kelly must face her fears on an untested pony. Will Cameo ever be ready for competitions? And will the girls’ ponies hold their own against the purebreds at the Royal Show?

A sequel to Dandy, the Mountain Pony, this exciting story of setbacks and success, in which Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson first experience the thrill of serious competition, is inspired by the Wilson sisters’ early years.

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Supplied by Penguin Random House New Zeal.and

Reviewed by Maree

Another in the series by Kelly Wilson of the Wilson sisters who starred in Keeping up with The Kaimanawas. A family who have devoted their life to horses, show jumping and advocating for wild horses around the world, taming and raising awareness about the plight of the American Mustangs and Australian Brumbies and specifically the beautiful wild Kaimanawa horses near their home. They also run Showtym Camps, riding camps for young riders.

 The sisters rescue and tame wild horses and this book, written at a young adult level is loosely based around a story from Kelly Wilson’s childhood. A street pony is one literally bought off the street. However good looking and healthy, this is an untried pony that may not take to competitive showing. Especially when it turns out that Cameo the pony has never been ridden!

Kelly has to train Cameo to be ridden and compete from scratch. Fortunately most horses in a proper, caring, training environment, enjoy learning and love showing off. But will Cameo ever be ready in time for the competitions where she and Kelly will be up against purebred ponies that have been doing this for years?

I really enjoyed the story. It was a good example of how you need to keep trying and very cool to see the trust grow.   I enjoy the Showtym Adventures and look forward to the next.

When nine-year-old Kelly Wilson outgrows her pony, her mum surprises her with a beautiful steel-grey mare that she spotted trotting down the street, tied to the back of a truck. But there’s a catch. Cameo has never been ridden!

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