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New Beginnings - Chapter 1
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The girl in the arena was of average height, but she was very obviously too large for the grey pony she was riding. She was about fourteen, dressed in pale cream jodhpurs, black boots and a bright green showing jacket; she looked every bit the part as she cantered the pony around the arena. They were doing their very last Dressage test, and it was bittersweet to watch for all who knew Evie and Darcy.
Darcy had come to Evie on her eighth birthday, the best present a girl could wish for, and for the past six years they’d been in inseparable pair. Darcy was a 14.1hh Connemara gelding, pale grey with just the hints of black fleabites around his eyes and, if you looked closely, you could make out the line of a mushroom shaped star between his eyes. The pony was about eighteen now, and while being outgrown, he was also coming ever closer to retirement. Sadly, there was no way Evie could keep him any longer.
She had begged her parents for months to let him stay at the stables, but this