Beryl Bye

British author of religiously themed children's books, including a three book pony series. Her pony books also have a strong religious/spiritual element which may put some readers off, but they are well-written traditional pony stories nonetheless which you will enjoy if you don't mind the religious aspect or have strong Christian beliefs yourself.

Cathy Series:

1) NOBODY'S PONY
(LUTTERWORTH 1967)
Also a German edition.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: Cathy knew her parents couldn't afford to buy her a pony, so when she discovered Kelpie in a deserted field she pretended that the pony was her own. Gradually the game became so real to Cathy that she looked upon herself as Kelpie's owner; and it was not until the borrowed pony was injured in a gymkhana that Cathy realized how deeply she was in trouble…
PONYMAD VIEW: Well-written traditional pony story with Christian viewpoint. Although the dilemma that Cathy finds herself in is couched in Christian terms, the plot is nevertheless just as applicable to non-religious readers.
PONYMAD RATING: 3 HORSESHOES

2) A PONY FOR SALE
(LUTTERWORTH 1969)
Reprinted in paperback by Lutterworth in 1975.
Also a German edition.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, paperback edition
SUMMARY: Kelpie has now been restored to his real owner Jane, but although Jane lets Cathy ride Kelpie, and her other friend Belinda allows her to ride her own pony also, Cathy feels the odd one out. She can't help wishing that Kelpie was still hers alone. Then it seems perhaps her dream can come true, but can she accept it at the expense of a friend? She finds she has a very hard decision to make.
PONYMAD VIEW: This has the strongest religious element of the series and it is also fairly troubling, as the poor little girl is brow beaten by religious rhetoric into feeling like she should give up her pony to help fund a Christian mission - something which I feel devout Christians would not really approve of. This element of the book leaves a bad taste in the mouth and spoils an otherwise decent traditional pony story.
PONYMAD RATING: 2 HORSESHOES

3) BELLE'S BRIDLE
(LUTTERWORTH 1973)
Reprinted in paperback by Lutterworth.
In print.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: Cathy and her friends Jane and Belinda are worried about the new pony Belle's sudden inexplicable fits of terror. When Cathy notices the faded name on the browband of Belle's bridle she wonders if the name could possibly be a clue to Belle's behaviour. If they trace the pony's career back through all the previous owners, might they discover what frightened her, and by patient re-schooling teach her to overcome her fear?

Collectors Info:
A Pony for Sale and Belle's Bridle have been reprinted as paperbacks, but not Nobody's Pony. Belle's Bridle is still in print and can be ordered direct from Lutterworth Publishers or from Amazon. Used  copies of the books are usually reasonably priced and fairly easy to find in the UK. A bit harder to find in the USA and Australia but usually fairly low cost. There were also German editions of some of the series.