Irish Luck – Pony Jumpers Special Edition

Twelve-year-old Dan Caldwell is a young rider with big ambitions – to one day show jump for Ireland. But how will he ever be good enough when the only ponies he has to ride are tired riding school mounts at the end of a long day? His mam Mairead knows first-hand just how difficult it is to make a living from horses, and keeps quietly hoping that her son’s dreams will fade into something more realistic.

When Olympic show jumper Deacon O’Callaghan arrives at their local show and happens to see Dan ride, he is impressed by the boy’s courage and natural ability. He enlists Dan to ride his daughter’s new pony, a talented but bold show jumper that is too much for the young girl to handle, with the aim of qualifying to compete at the Dublin Horse Show.

It’s the opportunity that Dan has been waiting for, but there are several obstacles in his path. Can he help the pony to reach its potential? Can he convince his mother to let him take his chance? Most important of all, can he possibly live up to Deacon’s expectations?

Written by Kate Lattey

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Author’s note: This was meant to be a short story, and originally consisted only of the first scene, where Dan is jumping Spruce at a horse show. But I couldn’t put it down, as I just wanted to spend more time in this world. I wrote much of this book concurrently with Top Ten, which is set three years after the conclusion of this one, and heavily features both Dan and Keeley. Once that story was done, I know I had to finish this one as well, so that my readers would get a chance to find out more about Dan and how his family came to be.”


Amazon reviewer ~ 5 stars. “I have loved all of Kate Lattey’s books and this is no different. I will drop anything I’m doing when a new book comes out! Irish luck was a fun side step from the pony jumper series.”

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1 review for Irish Luck – Pony Jumpers Special Edition

  1. Kate B Gordon

    I adore Kate Lattey’s books. They are exactly what I would have loved as a horse-mad teen, and even as a much older reader, Ms Lattey’s stories fulfill my horsy book dreams.
    Irish Luck is a wonderful side story of Dan, Keeley and their blended family who we meet in Top Ten: Pony Jumpers #10. I think it’s brilliant that these characters were so interesting to Ms Lattey that she felt they deserved a story of their own. She took me to the wet, green fields of Ireland filled with super Connamara ponies and Irish Sport Horses. Add in the intense excitement of competition, an amazing jumping pony (who would have been too strong for me too!), some good luck and opportunities and a dash of romance for the adult readers, and you have a very satisfying read.
    I started reading Irish Luck when I went to bed, and woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it, so decided to get up and read by the fire to finish it at 5am this morning.
    No doubt, Ms Lattey’s books are on my ‘must buy’ list.

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