When summer begins, Libby starts to practice horseback riding and jumping in earnest, a process made difficult by Saddleshoes, the unruly pony she is assigned to ride. Determined to win a blue ribbon at a horse show, she spends more time at High Hopes Horse Farm with a younger rider driven to excel, and less time with her longtime best friends. Believable dialogue and vivid characterizations enhance the story, which Primavera illustrates with lively, sometimes amusing pen-and-ink drawings. A fine choice for fans of horses and riding, the second book in the Libby of High Hopes series is as enjoyable as the first.
— Booklist, Carolyn Phelan (Booklist Online November 12, 2015)