Jeanne Betancourt

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Posted on September 19 2014

Pony Pal readers from when the series first came out have been writing me.  Now they are adults.  Here is what one of them, Madison, wrote:

Dear Mrs. Betancourt,

My name is Madison Hood. I wanted to write you and let you know just how much the Pony Pal books have meant to me over the years. I grew up with Pony Pals... my mom got me my first one, #10 Don't Hurt My Pony! when I was about 9 or 10. A few years ago, I lost my collection and have been slowly replacing it ever since. I love rereading the stories of Pam, Anna, and Lulu and their wonderful ponies.

I am 25 now and have been blessed enough to work with horses as both a barn manager and a riding instructor. I own my own pony, a Haflinger named Fritz, who is very much like Acorn, my favorite Pony Pal pony. I am a certified riding instructor for persons with special needs and several of my students are dyslexic. I did not grow up with ponies, but have always loved them and always dreamed of being a Pony Pal. These books have had a profound impact on me in my life and I wanted to thank you for that. I was so sad when the last book was released... I wanted the Pony Pals to go on forever. But, looking back on it, I realize that they will go on forever. Not only because they are preserved in books, but also because they have a special place in my heart. The Pony Pals have helped me become the horseman I am today. Thank you so much for telling their stories.

Your Pony Pal in NC,


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