Humourous series for older children and adults set in Ireland, and in particular in the world of Irish in-hand showing.
1) THE CONNEMARA WHIRLWIND
(POOLBEG PB 1990)
Reprinted in paperback.
SUMMARY: Marty's pride and joy is his beautiful Connemara mare, Vanessa, a supreme champion show pony. When he breeds from her he expects the foal to follow in its mother's footsteps. But Cuaifeach is born in the whirlwind from which he takes his name, a peculiar wind which comes from nowhere and strikes havoc where-ever it blows. It is an ill-omen for the Irish people, and one which seems to come true for poor Marty. His foal is a bundle of mischief who brings nothing but trouble and shame to his owner. But the foal who is such a trial to Marty is surprisingly the dream pony of somebody else!
POMYMAD RATING: 4 HORSESHOES
2) THE CONNEMARA STALLION
(POOLBEG PB 1991)
SUMMARY: Twelve year old Doreen is overjoyed when she finally becomes the owner of Cuaifeach, the lovely but mischievous colt. And as he grows into a stallion, there are new problems and decisions for Doreen to make concerning her pony's future.
POMYMAD RATING: 3 HORSESHOES
3) THE CONNEMARA CHAMPION
(POOLBEG PB 1994)
SUMMARY: What is happening in Connemara? Why is the region in danger of losing the beautiful ponies for which it is renowned? And who is sabotaging Julia's efforts to bring about better conditions for the pony breeders? This sub-plot, based on very real Irish problems, provides a backdrop for the culmination of Cuifeach's story, in which he and Doreen must prove to the world he is a true champion.
POMYMAD RATING: 3-4 HORSESHOES
The first book in series is still in print. The others are not too hard to come by, the last being the hardest to find.