Fourteen-year-old Ann Collins wants nothing more than to see her family rise back from poverty and regain its acclaimed position in the racing world. And when Lightning, a well-bred black colt, is born, she knows that her chance has come.
Her grandfather bankrupted the formerly successful, fully staffed horse farm in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, and now the Collins family, their trainer and his son are all that remain.
Ann is a great rider, but it will take more than just skill for her to make her dreams a reality. Even if no one else really believes in Lightning, she knows that he will be the one to change it all. Little does she know that she and Lightning will be put to the test much sooner than expected! View the Press Release
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Stormy Hill’s Legacy
Now that Lightning, the colt she raised from an orphan, is back, Ann Collins sees her chance to restore her family’s acclaimed position in horse racing. Many years ago, her grandfather nearly bankrupted Stormy Hill, the Collins family thoroughbred breeding farm. Ann’s well-bred black colt is now two years old, and in her eyes, has all the makings of a champion.
Ann tries to convince her father and their horse trainer, Scotty, that Lightning has what it takes to be a stakes winner. But before he can race, Lightning must overcome many obstacles, including finding a qualified rider. During the time the colt was stolen, he was mistreated by the men who took him. Now Lightning is afraid of all male riders and will only trust Ann on his back. Ann would love to be the one to ride Lightning to victory, but she lives at a time when women cannot be professional jockeys. She hopes that her friend, Ted, can ride the horse
in the big race, one which no other Stormy Hill horse has ever won.
Will Ann be able to ensure Stormy Hill’s Legacy in the greatest proving ground of them all, the Kentucky Derby? View the Press Release
Stormy Hill’s Heritage
The exhilarating new novel Stormy Hill’s Heritage gives new meaning to the phrase: It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. And it turns out that the “game” is being manipulated!
In the third book of a series that began with Stormy Hill and Stormy Hill’s Legacy, Ann Collins believed that winning the Kentucky Derby would fulfill her family’s wildest dreams. Raised on Stormy Hill, a thoroughbred breeding farm in the heart of Bluegrass Country, the shy girl must now deal with facing fans and the press, avid for every detail of her life and her famous colt, Lightning. Suddenly, she is thrown into a maelstrom that could end with winning the coveted Triple Crown.
When a nasty plot cooked up by two jealous jockeys puts one of her own in jeopardy, Ann realizes that winning can come at too high a price. As she contemplates pulling out of the race, Ann ponders the price of winning and wonders if Lightning will ever get the chance to prove his heritage. View the Press Release
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Part of the continuing series of Stormy Hill novels, Stormy Hill’s Challenge is set in the 1960s on the Stormy Hill horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Young Ann has had her moments of glory with her horse, Lightning, more than fulfilling her lifelong dreams. Now her friend Ted has dreams of his own, to do something to make his horse, Si’ad, famous in his own right.
Si’ad is already well known as Lightning’s sire, but Ted wants more. When a young couple comes to breed to Si’ad, they discuss the world of endurance racing, a sport in which Arabians excel. What better way to prove Si’ad’s greatness than testing him on the famous Tevis Cup ride in California?
Held annually, this 100-mile race follows a trail that climbs mountains and descends into steep, hot canyons, and it must be completed within twenty-four hours.
It would take a year-long commitment to condition Si’ad for such a race, but commitment to his horse is something Ted has in abundance. In the coming year they will know heartbreak, and success will be tested many times, bonding them even stronger.
Even Ann is drawn into the sport, and together they set out for the ride of their lives. The endurance motto is: “To finish is to win.” In a race where only half the entrants finish, who will make it to the end?
On a remote ranch near the Ozarks, a young girl sits glued to an ancient TV set, as the Belmont, the third leg of the Triple Crown, unfolds. Thrilled beyond belief, she witnesses history in the making as Ann Collins pilots her beautiful black colt, Stormy Lightning, to victory. But Janie Bailey experiences more than a fan’s worship of horse racing.
The previous winter, during a severe snowstorm, a black colt mysteriously appeared in their back pasture. When no owner surfaced, for a brief time he was hers. Then a fateful mishap on a trail ride in the mountains sent him fleeing back into the wilderness.
When the cameras pan a close-up of Ann’s champion, Janie gasps, for she knows irrevocably that her colt, Storm, and this now famous racehorse are one in the same! The idea seems so preposterous, will anyone believe her? Living so far away, how can she contact Ann to let her know about Lightning’s past?
Janie has an even bigger secret. Lightning left a piece of himself behind. Earlier that year, a paint mare belonging to her family gave birth to a black and white colt, an image of his sire. Wouldn’t Ann want to hear about this, too? What will the future hold for Janie and her promising gift horse?
Stormy Hill’s Gift is the fifth book in The Stormy Hill series.
Stormy Hill’s Tradition
At Stormy Hill, Ann Collins and her best friend, Ted, look forward to the birth of Lightning and Velvet’s foal. When a difficult delivery leaves the filly with a twisted hock, Ted blames himself.
Though the vets assure him that is not the case, Ted takes on the training of Gamelan as his special project. But an accident puts the mare’s life in danger. Will Ted ever get a horse of his own to race?
Meanwhile, Ann finds herself drawn in a different direction, one that threatens her bond with Ted. For the first time she and Ted are at odds with each other. Will the Stormy Hill tradition be broken? And where do their friends Jock and Vicki fit in this ongoing saga?
Stormy Hill’s Heritage
Ann Collins thought that winning the Kentucky Derby would fulfill her wildest dreams and that of her family. Raised all her life on Stormy Hill, a thoroughbred breeding farm located in the heart of Bluegrass Country, the shy, sheltered girl had not reckoned with facing fans or the press, avid for every detail of her life and that of her now-famous colt, Lightning. All she ever wanted was to race her colt, but suddenly she is thrown into a maelstrom from which the only answer is to continue on the path to an even bigger dream that could end with the winning of the coveted Triple Crown.
Dealing with the press and the public terrifies Ann far more than racing her colt ever could.
However, soon she has much more to worry about. When a nasty plot cooked up by two jealous jockeys puts one of her own in jeopardy, she realizes that love of family can come at too high a price. As she contemplates pulling out of the race, Ann wonders if Lightning will ever get the chance to prove his heritage.
Stormy Hill’s Heritage is the third book of the series that began with Stormy Hill and Stormy Hill’s Legacy.
Stormy Hill’s Destiny
Nancy Clarke’s dynamic series for young readers concludes in the final book, Stormy Hill’s Destiny.
Ann and Vicki are preparing for their upcoming weddings.
Ann, the daughter of Michael and Jessica Collins who own the horse farm Stormy Hill, has at last realized that her future lies with Ted, her best friend, who grew up with her at Stormy Hill and has been her biggest supporter. Together they happily conquer each obstacle as their wedding draws near.
But for Ann’s best friend Vicki, it’s not that simple. Her parents strongly oppose her choice, and she fears they will try somehow to stop her wedding.
Meanwhile, Ted looks forward to taking Gamelan after the next two jewels of the Triple Crown for Fillies. If she were to accomplish this feat, they could become the first father-daughter Triple Crown winners. This thought alone leaves Ted overwhelmed, much as he wants to make this dream come true and fulfill her destiny.
About the Author: Nancy Clarke is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in historic central Virginia with her two horses, her champion show dogs, and her cats, chickens, and goats. She has been riding most of her life and has been crafting the Stormy Hill series in her mind since she was a girl. She has finally reached the final chapter of the seven-book series.
Nancy Clarke is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in central Virginia, along with her two horses, champion show dogs, cats, chickens and a goat. She has been riding most of her life and been crafting the Stormy Hill series in her mind since she was a girl.