I was raised in South Australia near a very small town on the end of the Murray River. The town was called Narrung and my father Les Irwin taught me so much at Narrung Stud and later Blandford Park. My hands on horsemanship started with the thoroughbred horse from the age of four. I was my fathers shadow and it was alongside my father my passion for racing began. I would ride track work before school and as soon as I would get off the bus I would head straight to the stables in the afternoon. After a very successful career in the thoroughbred breeding game and specializing in yearling preparation. ( I even competed in a none racing sport called “cutting” on quarter horses, hence the big hat). I retired from been a hands on horseman in July 2020. My passion was preparing yearlings for sale and I was very fortunate to sell many champions and million dollar plus yearlings over my time and also run my very own successful farm as well. I never realized until about ten years ago I had an artistic flair and could also write. My Artist side is making metal sculptures and I have been fortunate enough to win a few significant awards. The front cover of my very first book Contention is actually a sculpture I made called “Taking the Plunge” that is now in the Sculpture Garden in the town of Mudgee NSW. (That is also me in the circle posing ). The prize money from winning those awards actually bought my beautiful wife Shannon Simcock her engagement ring. My whole career in the racing game has provided me with a memory bank of so many characters for my books. Writing is my number one passion in life. All the highs and lows in life, the victory moments and also the heart breaking times in the racing and breeding game enable me to draw on my memory bank and bring to life my fiction story’s. The true fact is so much of the stories in many ways are true in somewhat form. Its sad in ways that I can say I’ve rub shoulders at the horse sales with a quite a few underbelly figures while not knowing the real truth behind their wealth. Most of them always get caught and it shocks the hell out of us all with their underbelly lifestyle we never actually knew about. I’m very fortunate to say that 99% of the people I have met in the horse industry are simply decent horse loving people. The fact is everyone loves a villain in a story and my books always have a touch of a underbelly/gangster side to spice things up. Enjoy the read and please feel free to send me reviews and emails about what you thought about the book. I have also attached some photos of my life and beautiful family. My wife Shannon and three children Will, Seb and Edwina. Some great memory’s and beautiful time watching my kids ride and also one of my other passions was riding cutting horses.

Stephen Irwin