About Stephen J Irwin
Stephen Irwin has been in the thoroughbred racing industry from day one. Born and raised on the land. Stephen’s father Les was one of Australia’s best-known horseman and it was from Les that Stephen learnt his trade in the industry. Leaving school at the age of 14 to pursue his love of horses, Stephen has spent the past 35 years in the thoroughbred horse-racing industry. At the age of 30 Stephen branched out on his own and grew to be one of the most successful pin-hookers in Australia - buying and selling young horses within a 10 months period to sell for a profit.
At the age of 42 he hung up the bridle you may say, and to date has built a very successful business in designing and building horse farms and developing new equine products that specialise in making the industry run smoother and safer. Three children - Will, Seb and Edwina - help keep him grounded. Stephen also accidentally discovered a hidden talent for making metal sculptures. It started as a hobby that soon turned into a profitable passion. In just his third year as an artist Stephen won two major awards at a very well-known sculpture show in Mudgee NSW.
His award-winning “Taking the Plunge” is now on display in the sculpture park in Mudgee and appears on the cover of “Contention”.
“Contention helped me really express everything I have learned about the racing and breeding industry and life’s up and downs. I’ve tried to make this book a true representation of the racing industry, which has many dark secrets. Writing has become a great way to showcase my passion for the uniqueness of the thoroughbred horse racing industry. Thank you for taking the time to read my book and I really hope you get as much enjoyment out of reading it as I did writing it”.