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The very Worst Riding School in the World

Who would be stupid enough to open and run a riding school when they are terrified of horses, can't ride, without insurance or capital, and with not the faintest idea of how to care for horses. Add to that, two of the four horses are not fit for the knacker's yard. Yes, that's exactly what I did - like so many of my adventures I 'fell' into this one as well with hilarious results.

Leap at the moon

“Alexander hit the gate and veered violently to the right, hurling me from the saddle. I slammed into the solid wooden gatepost with a sickening thud and bounced over the fence. I lay with my arms and legs splayed and sand in my mouth. At that moment, the only thing I knew was that I was alive. That was a good start.”'Leap at the Moon' is the sequel to Steven Wright’s best selling 'Run with your Heart'. It continues the true story of his adventures with ex-steeplechaser Adelphi Warrior, known as Alexander. Just when Steven thinks their partnership is secure, he suffers a terrible fall. He vows to battle back from serious injury and take his competing to new heights. And tragedy strikes just as talented young mare Innes looks set to 'leap at the moon’ after surviving a broken leg.Set in the Yorkshire Dales, 'Leap at the Moon' is the tale of an ordinary bloke who finds extraordinary happiness in the company of horses.

Race To My Dream

'If you like horses, feel good stories or most likely both, then Race To My Dream is a must read. I defy anyone not to shed a tear or two as Steven and his beloved Alexander fulfill their ambitions of competing in a race. It would takes ages to describe all emotions I felt reading this beautifully told story but what is for sure is that I felt much better for the experience. You will too.'Tom Segal - The Racing PostA middle-aged man, two wonderful horses…one impossible dream.Bumbling hobby rider Steven Wright is the Mr Bean of the equestrian world. He even puts the saddle on back to front! But he dreams of flying round a cross-country course on a fast and powerful steed. And when he meets his steeplechasing hero, Mister McGoldrick, he is inspired to find a racehorse of his own. Pure chance brings Adelphi Warrior into his life. The big chestnut thoroughbred’s ‘uncle’ won the Grand National, but he has failed on the racetrack and is on the scrapheap at six years old. But to Steven, who turned to horse riding in his late forties as therapy for bankruptcy, a broken marriage and a drink problem, he is the opportunity of a lifetime…Race To My Dream is an uplifting tale of love, hope and the will to win through against all the odds.

How High The Dream?

How High The Dream? continues the true adventures of middle-aged rider Steven Wright and his ex-racehorse, Alexander. Their story begins in Run With Your Heart, and a second book, Leap At The Moon, charts their onward journey, when Steve battles back from a terrible fall to achieve competition success. Now, a trip to the Cheltenham Festival to see Alexander’s old race rival in action inspires Steve to dream of taking part in a race himself. But his ambitious plans to jump bigger fences are thwarted when his beloved chestnut thoroughbred is seriously injured - and Steve himself suffers a major crisis of confidence. Will the pair return to scale new heights?In How High The Dream? we meet mischievous little mare, Sprite, and the beautiful young Dazzle-Me-Dixie, who Steve is determined will become his second event horse.The three books are true stories set in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Gambler's Ghost and Other Racing Oddities

The Gambler's Ghost and Other Racing Oddities is a collection of five humorous novellas and short stories set on the racecourses of Sydney from the 1920s to the 1980s. What are they like? Perhaps imagine a collaboration between PG Wodehouse, AB 'Banjo' Paterson, Lennie Lower, Jay Cranley (Good Vibes/Let it Ride) and Geoffrey Chaucer (in 'Miller's Tale' mode) writing about some Australian racing 'tragics' with more ardour for horse racing than skill in picking winners.The first, Ton Currie at Randwick, a Racing Fabliau, recounts how a group of cheap-enclosure regulars stumble upon a race tipping scam that is published in a daily racing form. Harry Calls a Winner deals with the temporary fall from grace of a race-caller who came to take too many swigs of whisky between calls. The Disappearance of Mervyn Goodyear, Gambler tells of the fishy disappearance of a ‘colourful Sydney racing identity’ and casino owner of the 1960s after a putative encounter with a shark off Bondi Beach. Ton Currie: King of The Wauchope Betting Ring revisits the habitually unlucky gambler on the miraculous afternoon he backs the program while on a North Coast holiday. The final story, The Gambler's Ghost, is about the redemption of an embezzling bank clerk by the ghost of a 1920s punter he encounters on the Rosehill race-train. Several of the stories convey the pleasure and excitement of going horse racing in Australia in the high summer with the cicadas singing. The plots of others entwine key events and characters from Australian horse racing history. Each deploys and indeed celebrates the endless possibilities of the language of racing and its contribution to Australia’s vernacular and figurative language.