John T. Kenney (1911-1972)

British author. John Theodore Eardley Kenney was best known as an illustrator. Born in 1911. He studied art at Leicester College. His most famous illustrations are those for the Thomas the Tank Engine series by the Rev Awdry. He also illustrated a number of Ladybird books. As he wrote and illustrated two pony books (and illustrated other non-fitcional horse books) he was also obviously competent at drawing horses and must have had some interest in them. He was the mentor of notable equine artist Neil Cawthorne.

Horse & Pony Books:

THE GREY PONY
(EDMUND WARD 1954)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
SUMMARY: A story of the 'non-fiction as fiction' persuasion (it is part of a series called 'Truth in a Tale), in which pony care and riding is explained through the story of Jennifer and John, their grey pony Misty, and their horsy expert Uncle Dick - who teaches them how to look after and train their pony.

THE SHETLAND PONY
(EDMUND WARD 1954)
ILLUSTRATED BY THE AUTHOR
SUMMARY: Another book in the 'Truth in a Tale' series.

Collectors Info:
I don't think either of these were ever reprinted. Reasonably rare, especially outside the UK, although not usually very expensive. The Shetland Pony is a lot harder to find than The Grey Pony.