Elvis is a shetland/hackney cross pony, and was born on May 4, 2000. He was purchased as a lesson pony for Tiffany Lauer's riding program at Magistaad Stables in 2010. He has been a member of the family and a favorite lesson pony ever since.
He has touched the lives of so many kids through riding lessons, pony parties, and special events, and he will continue to do so now through his very own series.
His adventures and shenanigans have been the topic of many stories at Magistaad Stables, and he now has the opportunity to teach kids all about horses through his stories.
Tiffany has been horsing around all of her life. Her first horse was a bay appaloosa named Oatmeal and a pinto pony named Misty. In high school, Tiffany showed a variety of disciplines with her grey Arabian gelding MAF Bandolino and her bay Amercian Quarter Horse mare, Wiseman's Dakota. "Bandy" was a western pleasure, English, and trail horse, and Dakota was a speed horse that specialized in Texas Flag, Poles, and Barrels. Tiffany participated in the ISU Rodeo club throughout college, and went on to give lessons and eventually open Magistaad Stables. Magistaad Stables has temporarily closed until her kids get a little older and a new facility can be established, but right now those kids are the perfect age for Elvis the Pony and the lessons he can teach.
Tiffany has been writing down stories of Elvis the Pony for years and casually searching for an illustrator. She found one in the summer of 2020 and it was love at first sight. Leah Patton's Shlei Original Art is exactly the style Tiffany was looking for to tell the Elvis the Pony stories.
Elvis and Tivio, Elvis Meets A Mule, and Elvis Learns His ABCs are in print and available to ship! To date, Tiffany and Leah have over 20 working titles with outlines, in various stages of illustration, or written. Look for Topsy Turvey Tivio, Elvis and the Parade of Breeds, and Elvis Learns His Numbers and Colors in 2022!
Leah Patton grew up wanting a horse. She got her first pony at 12 and her first wild Mustang at 15. She has owned and trained ponies, TWH, Quarter horses, Mustangs, Paints, Appaloosas, Drafters (including a rare French Mulassier), donkeys, and mules.
She has shown and judged around the USA and in Canada at the Stampede. She has been to France to work with the registries of the rare French Poitou Donkey as well. In her role as the registrar for the Am Donkey & Mule Society, she works "equine" every day. She has been drawing and painting since she could hold a crayon, and her works are sold worldwide. She currently lives on a farm in Texas with her daughter and various assorted creatures from horses to donkeys, cats to guineas, dogs to tarantulas.
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