Stacy Gregg began writing fictional novels about horses for children, with Mystic and the Midnight Ride (2007) the first in her ‘Pony Club Secrets’ series. Gregg has since written a number of books in the ‘Pony Club Secrets’ series, set in the imagined Chevalier Point Pony club in New Zealand. She is a three-time winner of the Children's Choice Junior Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for her novels: The Princess and the Foal (2014), The Island of Lost Horses (2015) and The Girl Who Rode the Wind (2016).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gregg, Stacy (1968 - ) is an author of junior fiction about horses. Of Ngati Mahuta descent, Stacy Gregg was born in Melbourne and educated at Ngaruawahia High School and Kings College.
Her first junior fiction series, Pony Club Secrets, was based on a fictional version of the Ngaruawahia Pony Club. Published by Harper Collins UK, the series has thirteen titles, including: Mystic and the Midnight Ride (2007), Blaze and the Dark Rider (2007), Destiny and the Wild Horses (2007), Stardust and the Daredevil Ponies (2008), Comet and the Champion’s Cup (2008), Issie and the Christmas Pony (2008), Storm and the Silver Bridle (2009), Victory and the All-Stars Academy (2009), Fortune and the Golden Trophy (2009), Flame and the Rebel Riders (2010), Angel and the Flying Stallions (2010), Liberty and the Dream Ride (2011) and Nightstorm and the Grand Slam (2011).
Her second series, Pony Club Rivals, is set in Kentucky, USA at an exclusive bluegrass boarding school where the best riders from around the world gather to compete in a variety of equestrian pursuits. The series was published by HarperCollins UK and includes: The Auditions (2010), Showjumpers (2010), Riding Star (2011) and The Prize (2011).
In 2013, Gregg published The Princess and the Foal (HarperCollins), which went on to win the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction Award at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
The Island of Lost Horses was released in 2014, and in the following year won the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction Award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The narrative follows the Caribbean adventure of Beatriz, whose stumbling upon a strangely-marked horse pulls her into a 500-year-old mystery.
Published in August 2015, The Girl Who Rode the Wind is an epic tale of the bond between horse and rider across war and time. The Girl Who Rode the Wind was a finalist for the Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award and won the Children's Choice Junior Fiction Award at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016.
Stacy’s research has taken her to Spain, Arabia and Italy. She has recently been to Russia to work on her new novel The Diamond Horse, based on real-life events during the reign of Catherine the Great. The Diamond Horse is set to be released in October 2016.
Stacy Gregg lives in Auckland.
Last updated September 2016.
MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS
- Stacy Gregg’s website
- Stacy Gregg's NZ Herald interview
- Stacy Gregg's Star Author blog for Christchurch City Libraries
Updated January 2017.