Dickon, Julian, Jackson, Wendy & Stuart, Duncan

About the author

Moon Jumper was a New Zealand TV series of the 1980s. The series was devised by Julian Dickon, and the episodes were written by Ken Catran, Tim Harrigan and Wendy Jackson. The programmes were produced by Huntly Eliott, and certainly ran to two series, if not three.  The three books in the series were written by Julian Dickon, Duncan Stuart and Wendy Jackson.

Finding the books
Very difficult to track down indeed. The best thing I can suggest is to try a trading site in New Zealand. The books seem almost impossible to find elsewhere.

Links and sources
More on Julian Dickon
Many thanks to Danyele Foster for her help with the photographs.


The Moon Jumper series
Moon Jumper
Nicky’s Challenge

Bibliography (pony books only)

Moon jumper

Written by Julian Dickon
TVNZ Publishing, 1986

Nicky Wyman loved horses, but came from a family with no money for anything but essentials.To keep riding she mucked out stables, cleaned tack, and exercised other people’s horses. Then she found herself battling to save the life of a little mare – Moon Jumper. Always against time, and sometimes even outside the law, they worked to prepare Nicky and Moon Jumper to do the impossible – to win the most prestigious one day event.

Moon Jumper: Nicky’s Challenge

Written by Duncan Stuart
TVNZ Publishing, 1986, cover design Jim Paton

Nicky’s dream is to win an international show jumping competition, but she doesn’t get on with her trainer, Tad Masters. Her first challenge is to make it to the local competitions, before she can even think of anything else.

Moon Jumper: Changes

Written by Wendy Jackson
TVNZ Publishing, 1986, 176 pp. Cover design Jim Paton.

Nicky Wyman is back home, her career in international show jumping cut short. She needs help from old friends, but has to renew her friendship with Snow, her old trainer, and Moon Jumper, her first horse. There are new faces at the stables – Ace, and Kim, as well as enemies. There is Tad, who once wanted to destroy Moon Jumper, and Sara, who will do anything to win. Nicky must again prove her skill as a horsewoman, to others and to herself. But this time, international jumping maybe an impossible dream.