Spupaleena was not about to back down. Knowing she encompassed the skills to race against young men, Spupaleena would begin her intense training. However, Rainbow, her trusted middle-aged mare, would only carry her so far. She would need to find a new horse, but where? She was tired of her fellow racer’s cruel insults, one boy’s in particular. She was determined to not only race him, but to win. She drew her strength from God and exhibited a Heart of Courage. But at times, wondered if that was enough. Spupaleena’s father was against her. Would she have the spirit to compete and win? If so, would her father ever learn to accept her dreams of training and racing horses?
Praise for Heart of Courage
…an adventure of survival, culture, assimilated beliefs and horsemanship.
-Luanne Finley, Colville Tribal Descendant; Lifetime Reservation Rancher
Rich in culture and backdrop, the narrative is warm, engaging, and indeed breathtaking at times. -Sue Jacobsen, 4-H Leader … Love of God, Love of horses, and desire to fulfill her own dreams of life.
-Rosalie J. Heath, Retired Educator