At a time when youngsters were not all attending school the Club decided to organise a Short Story Writing for Fun Competition. The format was either a word document, other text document or a scanned hand-written copy to ensure it was open to all our younger members of the community.

Children aged between five and thirteen years of age from nine schools participated so the entries were split into two groups and prizes were awarded to two groups.

The younger group was won by Georgia from King Ina Church of England Academy and the older age group winner was Olivia from Ashcott Primary School.

Here are their stories:

The Girl who Shares

Georgia - Aged 5

Skewbald Star

The sun was setting over the horizon. The late summer evening was warm, and Dartmoor was teeming with life. Hares were nibbling on the fresh grass, the birds were soaring and the foxes were hunting. A small herd of Dartmoor ponies were grazing by lake deepwater. They had no idea of the danger they were in.  Something was watching them from in between the bracken. It was getting ready to pounce when it herd another sound approaching. The ponies were safe. For now. The creature stalked of just in time for a young girl had climbed a nearby tree and was watching the ponies. Her name was Gabriela. Gabby for short. Her long, wavy, waist length brown hair, was blowing behind her back in the slight breeze. Her green eyes shone as she watched the ponies. She loved watching them play and graze. Her eyes were drawn to a beautiful skewbald stallion. He was utterly gorgeous. He was 14.2 hands high, the tallest of his herd, his dark brown and white mane and his chestnut and white coat made him look like someone had painted him.she could of watched him all day but her dog, Chester, her three year old Cockapoo was running towards her, barking and scaring the ponies away. The skewbald stallion rounded up his herd and the last thing Gabby saw was there tails streaming behind them as they galloped away.

The next morning Gabby was sitting in bed waiting for her mother to shout “GABBY GRAND! GET READY FOR SCHOOL!” When she realised it was the start of the summer holidays! Six weeks with no school! Gabby got dressed grabbed some toast and was about to go outside when her mother stopped her. “Gabby! We’re are you going at seven in the morning!” Sarah Grand shouted at her daughter. “I’m going to see the ponies.” She said whilst she filled her bag with carrots. “Ok.” Grace agreed. “Thanks mum!” She shouted as she ran out side. She decided to text Zoe, her BFF who had two Dartmoor ponies. Zoe arrived ten minutes later with Coco and Zazoo. Coco was a brown Dartmoor pony and Zazoo was skewbald. Gabby liked him because he reminded her of the wild skewbald stallion. They rode for half an hour before they found the ponies. They sat on a hill next to were they were grazing and had a picnic. “Gabs.” Zoe began “guess what! Dad says I can have a new pony! He’s coming next week! He’s and Arabian called Fearless Flight!” Gabby tried to sound happy for Zoe when really she felt envious of her friend. “Wow! That’s great!” She said unenthusiastically. Zoe frowned at how Gabby didn’t give as much enthusiasm as she should. “Is something wrong?” She said trying to keep the hurt out of her voice. “Sorry it’s just well…” Gabby trailed of “you already have two ponies and well…” “Oh sorry Gabby.” Zoe gushed “I didn’t mean to…” “it’s fine!” Gabby grinned. “It’ll be fun with a new pony!” Gabby then saw a black blur out of the side of her eye. “Zoe! The ponies!” She screamed! A gigantic shape was chasing the wild ponies! It was large and scary but they only saw it for a split second before it disappeared into the bracken.

That night Gabby couldn’t stop thinking about that strange creature. She hoped the skewbald stallion would be ok. She dreamed of her riding him that night. She galloped him throughout the moors urging him on he galloped beneath her. Soon they stoped to drink from a stream when the mystery creature lunged at the stallion. Gabby woke with a start. She was panting and sweating. A nightmare. Gabby’s mum was by her side. Having nightmares about Grace?

Grace was Gabby’s twin sister. When her mum and dad gasped a divorce her dad had taken Grace and her mum had taken her. Ever since she had been having nightmares about losing her. Her dad hadn’t been in touch with them for five months now. Gabby was starting to think she would never see Grace again. They had always been close. Sharing secrets and riding ponies. They had even shared a pony. Joy, there little Fjord pony had been there pony until the divorce then they had sold her. “Um yeah.” Gabby tried to convince her mother. “Ok.” She said reluctantly leaving the room. “G night mum” Gabby called. “Good-night Gabby!” Her mum replied. “G night Skewbald stallion…” Gabby whispered before drifting of into sleep…

One week later……

Gabby still hadn’t found out what the creature was. Zoe’s new horse was here so Gabby was hearing nonstop Zoe telling her how epic he was. Life had been going down hill since the sighting of the predator on the moors. Worse still there was only three weeks left of the holidays! Gabby thought it couldn’t be any worse when Zoe text her saying exactly this:

Guess what! There are some people going to round up the Dartmoor pony herd near us! Your skewbald friend will find a nice home away from pony eating monsters! :)

That message made Gabby’s heart sink. Now she wouldn’t see the skewbald stallion again! Unless…..

Gabby’s idea was crazy. She was going to catch the wild pony on her own, hide him until the people had rounded up all the ponies, then free him again. It sounded so simple. That night she was creeping up on the skewbald stallion. Come on I can do this! She thought in her mind. I have to save him! She suddenly was running towards the ponies. They spooked and started galloping away but Gabby was already ready for them she only just got the rope on the pony. He spooked. He started galloping after his herd, dragging Gabby with him. She couldn’t let go of the rope. If she did she would never see him again. But if she did hold on she could risk being trampled to death. But instead of depositing Gabby behind him the skewbald did a remarkable thing. He gave a sudden lurch and Gabby was catapulted onto his back! He didn’t buck her of. Instead her galloped like a race horse, galloping so fast Gabby’s eyes streamed! They galloped for some time before he finally stoped for a drink at a stream. “You’re a star!” Gabby beamed at him throwing her arm around his neck. “That’s what I’ll call you. Star.” Star seemed to agree with his new name and started nodding his head viciously making Gabby laugh. They were interrupted by a low feline growl. A black panther emerged from the bracken. The ponies ran away with fear but Star wouldn’t leave Gabby here with this beast. The cat launched itself onto his rump. Stars eyes blazed with fear as he tried to throw this predator from his back. “STAR!” Gabby screamed! Star threw the panther from his back then Gabby leaped on. “Get us out of here Star!” The cat gave chase but couldn’t keep up. Soon they had lost him.

As Gabby and Star stopped outside Gabby’s house. Dawn was just breaking over the horizon, it seemed so calm and yet Gabby’s heart was still racing after the encounter with the black panther. Gabby then realised that Star would be caught today and would escape that feline monster. But she would still miss him. “Good-bye Skewbald Star!” Gabby called after her knew friend as he galloped away until he was a speck on the horizon.

The next day was when Star and his herd were to be sold in an auction. Gabby was dreading not seeing him again, but her mother could never afford him. Her phone pinged. It was a text of Zoe.

Hey Gabs! Guess what! I’m getting a new Pony! Isn’t it gr8! :)

Gabby then had an idea. Zoe could buy Star! She quickly text Zoe telling her the situation. Her text response wasn’t great. Or should I say gr8?!

Sos Gabs. I’m not aloud stallions.sos:(

Gabby’s  heart sank. Now what!

At the auction everyone had there eyes on the prize. The prize was the best ponies. Zoe was trembling with excitement next to Gabby. “I can’t believe I’m getting a new pony!” She shrieked with excitement. Gabby tried to look happy for her but she couldn’t imagine a world without Skewbald Star. “Let’s say you did get the skewbald.” Zoe said interrupting her thoughts “what would you call him?” “He would be a showjumper called Skewbald Star.” She said from her heart. “Zoe’s new pony turned out to be a lovely little black mare. “What are you going to call her?” Gabby asked “Ebony!” Zoe replied! “Doesn’t it  suit her!”

The bidding went on of another hour before Star came on. He looked frightened and agitated. Gabby couldn’t watch. She ran from her seat and ran across the moor back home.

That afternoon her mum came back and said “were moving.” Gabby was horrified. She didn’t want to move! “We’re to.” She said knowing it was far from here “oh just down the road.” She said “Phew!” Gabby let out a breath of relief. Her mum then said “let’s go there now.”

The new house was bigger with a paddock and stable for a horse. Gabby thought it was empty until she heard the whinny of a horse. She ran over to the stable and saw…

Skewbald Star.

Olivia - Aged 10


As we were unable to hold our annual Brains of Avalon Quiz this year we turned to the Brain of Avalon that was a quiz targeted at individuals.

The theme of the quiz was Valentine's Day and our question setter extraordinaire Lion Mike Edmunds came up with 100 questions on the topic to stretch everyone's grey matter.

Thank you to those who entered and we are deligted to announce the winner as Ian Richards of Street who scored 98 out of 100!






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