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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.

The true story of a wild Kaimanawa stallion who became a star performer and favourite horse of the Wilson sisters . . .

Ranger is a wild horse living 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 places to graze among the tussock.

One wintery day, Ranger hears the sound of a helicopter approaching. The Kaimanawa horses don't trust humans and Ranger has always kept his herd well away from them. He rounds up the others to flee, but after hours of being mustered by helicopter, he finds himself locked in a pen with over a hundred frightened horses.

This will be his very last day in the wild.

But it's also the first day of a completely new life — a life that Ranger at first finds frightening and confusing. 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.


For the young child who dreams of nothing but ponies this is a delightful picture book story by Kelly Wilson, one of the famous Wilson sisters from the Kaimanawa Stallion Challenge.

Gisborne Herald

A touching and emotional read which the illustrations express exquisitely.

Swings and Roundabouts

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 17, 2016

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Showtym Adventures 1: Dandy, the Mountain Pony
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Stallion Challenges
For the Love of Horses


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The Tale Of Kitty In Boots
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The Zoomers' Handbook
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