The School Trot

The School Trot is our bedtime story book is dedicated to Billy,
Trusted Shetland, faithful friend and so many children’s first pony,
and for Mills, who rode come rain or shine.

Camilla and Billyboon - inspiration for The School Trot

About the School Trot

This is the true story of a little English girl who really did ride to school on her Shetland pony. Written by Rosemary, who founded Shetland Pony Club, when all the other school mums asked her to teach their children to ride too.

The School Trot was inspired by an old photograph of Grandfather riding to school in India on a donkey, Mills decided to ride to school on her Shetland pony like grandpa – the perfect way to avoid the traffic jams and be kind to nature. Billy the shetland was for many years a common sight, as he trotted through Arbrook Woods in Surrey, always laden with satchels and school books on his way to Rowan Brae School.

The School Trot - Front Cover

The School Trot – hardback book

Much admired for his classic Shetland looks, sturdy character and sense of self-importance, Billy went on to give countless children their first ride and was the founding pony of Shetland Pony Club.

Our book was written in his memory. The illustrations are drawn by former staff member Charlotte Lillingston-Price (at the age of fifteen) who knew Billy for over a decade. Charlotte drew delightful pictures which capture Billy’s true spirit, in the style of Thelwell.

The School Trot - inner page 2

A page from the School Trot

This book is a perfect short bedtime story (16 pages of rhyme) which makes a lovely gift.  It is suitable to be read by adults and enjoyed by children of any age. The illustrations are magical and help with the understanding of the poetry so that children aged 8+ will be able to read it alone.

It is published in hardback only and is £8.99

Postage £3.50 inc VAT. Total UK delivered price £12.49

If you would like to buy more than one book, call us on 07734 950 309 and we will take your order over the phone.

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Shetland Pony Club
The Ranch
Blue Bell Lane
Stoke D’Abernon
Near Cobham
KT11 3PW

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