Chasing Gold (Marguerite Henry's Ponies of Chincoteague)
When all of Haley's time goes to training her pony, keeping an eye on the prize causes problems in this third book in a contemporary middle grade series in the tradition of Marguerite Henry's Misty of Chincoteague.
For months, Haley Duncan has been saving up to ride with her pony Wings in a clinic with a world-famous event rider. On top of that, she wants to make sure Wings is as fit and ready as he can be, which means extra trot sets before school and training and cleaning tack all weekend. So what if Haley's friends complain that she doesn't have time for them anymore? So what if she has to miss her very first ever school dance, or skip a favorite family tradition, or leave early from her BFF's first boy-girl party? Everyone will get it when they see her in the Olympics someday. But when Haley's overscheduled existence and exhaustion causes an accident, she may have to say good-bye to her dreams
Four horse lovers unite and create a private message board where they post about all things horses, especially their own horses. Each book focuses on one of the four girls, giving insight on their personal life, adventures with the horses, and comments from the other girls in the message group. The eight books in the series includes 2 books about each of the girls—Maddie, Nina, Brooke, and Haley. Each story is approximately 180 pgs, and includes a short glossary in the back with mentioned horse terms and definitions, pb.