A book about an unusual coloured racehorse and a young female jockey. A fiction with exciting intrigues, thrilling drama, love and friendship. For young readers and for everyone between 6–100 years who loves horses!
Tuva is an 18 years old apprentice jockey — and one day a new horse arrives to the stable where she is working. A horse that does not look like an ordinary racehorse. It's a brown and white speckled skewbald — paint coloured!
Colorado soon shows that he is a horse out of the ordinary. And the fastest horse the sullen trainer Bernie ever had in his stable. Colorado is entered to the Swedish Derby, the most important race in Sweden.
But there are those who don´t think a skewbald belongs on a racecourse and lots of problems occurs. One of them forces Tuva to go to USA, to the small mountain city Manitou Springs — to find out about his origins…
In the story there are also Ida, 13, who wants to learn to ride like a jockey, the very old Arapahoe Native American Yuma and his grandchild's grandchild Paco,15, Kevin, a young Irish jump jockey, and many more.
A thoroughbred racehorse is normally brown, chestnut, darkbrown, black or grey. Paint coloureds — speckled skewbalds — like Colorado in the nouvel, are very rare. But they exist — and become very popular in countries where they are racing.
The story of Colorado, the racehorse from the wilderness — is a fiction, but written in a very “real” manor. The author Helena Mansén has herself more than forty years of experience in the world of horseracing — as a groom, amateur jockey, trainer, owner, racing official, and also as a horseracing journalist both in Sweden, USA and France and has been travelling around the world to many horseracing countries. Her knowledge in every part of horse racing contributes to make the story come alive!