10 Horses and a Pony
This fifth book in the bilingual Palo Alto adventure series finds Juanita and her friends excitedly meeting the first truckload of horses for the new Hacienda Palo Alto equestrian center. Her hopes of becoming an accomplished equestrian like her cousins are dashed by controls set by her stepfather and the battle between two rival television stations, both wanting to film the opening of theTarascan tomb..
Leora’s cousin, Ashley, joins Nicolas in his archeological dig in the Hidden Valley as his archeologists parents prepare the tomb's opening.
Luis begins to learn to ride the wily pony, Payaso.
Growing excitement over the opening of the tomb spreads and the date becomes a worldwide event. Abuelita and a French chief plan a banquet for over a thousand people using the ancient recipes from the old hacienda. The event exceeds their wildest expectations.
Leora, Juanita, Pedro, and Rafael compete in their first jumping meet.
Afterwards, the young riders are invited to march in the Ciudad Juárez 16th of September parade and to visit Mariana and Nicolas’ grandfather's ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pedro and Juanita are filled with excitement; they have never flown nor visited the United States! While at the ranch, the young friends discover the clues to the last great secret of Hacienda Palo Alto.
While showing their great aunt Elena the changes made in rebuilding the old ruins, the elderly lady points out to Elena and Carlos an important part of the building that had remained hidden ever since she left it at 15 during the Mexican Revolution.
The two young couples wed at the hacienda decorated in its ancient glory with the young Palo Alto friends as their attendants.