Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion
"Kelly Wilson's heartwarming picture book about a stallion rescued from the 2012 Kaimanawa muster, and his real-life journey from wild horse to show horse, illustrated by Jenny Cooper. Ranger is a wild horse in the rolling Kaimanawa Ranges of New Zealand. The lead stallion of a large herd, he protects his mares and foals from danger and takes them to safe grazing places among the tussock. One winter day, Ranger hears the buzz of a helicopter approaching. Humans u Ranger doesn't trust them. He rounds up his herd to flee, but after hours of running with the helicopter in pursuit, he finds himself locked in a pen with hundreds of frightened horses. It is his very last day in the wild. But it's also his first day of a completely new life u a life that Ranger finds frightening and confusing at first. But, with the gentle and patient care of the three sisters who have rescued him, it's a life that Ranger will eventually grow to love. And it's all a true story. "
"Kelly Wilson is a sought-after designer and equestrian photographer and now the author of three biographical books about her and her sisters' work with horses: For the Love of Horses (2014), Stallion Challenges (2015) and Mustang Ride (2016). Ranger is Kelly's first children's picture book. She and her sisters Vicki and Amanda are well known and popular show-jumping riders and with their family business Showtym Sport Horses are also nationally recognised horse trainers/whisperers. Kelly and her sisters live in Hukerenui, north of Whangarei. Jenny Cooper has illustrated countless children's picture books and has won a number of awards. She is a master of beautiful watercolour settings and lively characterisation. Her most recent bestselling Penguin Random House titles are A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children edited by Paula Green (2014) and Gladys Goes to War written by Glyn Harper (2016). As a child, Jenny taught herself to illustrate by drawing horses and is a self-professed horsey-girl."