Equidays is proud to announce Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson (the Wilson Sisters) have signed on to be Equidays ambassadors, cementing our shared passion to educate and empower New Zealand’s equestrian community. With the Wilson Sisters attending Equidays every year since the event’s launch in 2011, and their core values aligning so closely with Equidays’, it was a natural progression for Equidays management to approach the well-known, well-respected and extremely talented sisters with the ambassadorship.
It’s like a scene from Black Beauty – three beautiful sisters with glossy hair, cantering through rugged countryside on wild horses. But there’s far more to this family than just good looks. These hard-working young women– Vicki (27), Kelly (25) and Amanda Wilson (21) – are on a mission to improve horse welfare. When the Weekly arrives at the Wilson family farm in Northland, the sisters are filming their yet-to-be screened TV series, which follows them as they rescue and train wild horses from the Kaimanawa Ranges.
They’re bold, bolshie and beautiful, but that’s about as far as the similarities go between the Kardashian and Wilson sisters. And when Woman’s Day meets the Keeping up with the Kaimanawas girls, Vicki, Kelly and Amanda, it’s clear the horse-mad siblings haven’t let their newfound fame go to their heads. Incessant teasing and hysterical laughter ensue as each sister changes from her usual farm gear into designer threads for our shoot, and again after the full hair and make-up treatment. “Just don’t blame us if the clothes end up covered in horse slobber and mud!” warns youngest sister Amanda, 22.
A glimpse into the Wilson Sisters time working with the American Mustangs as the team from SevenSharp catch up with the girls in Utah. The Wilson sisters, Vicki, Kelly and Amanda, have come from their home in Hikuranui, Northland, to America’s Wild West. As a part of America’s annual mustang makeover, the Wilson’s are competing with America’s best trainers to get wild horses into shape. Vicki explains, “It takes the most difficult horses out of the government holding yards, and it gives those horses, that will never be adopted, a future.”
Addington is thrilled to announce that The Wilson Sisters, Vicki, Kelly and Amanda from TV One’s hit show Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas will be our special guests this year at Cup Day. The sisters from Hukerenui, Northland have become some of New Zealand’s most prominent and popular equestrian personalities in recent years following their success in competition, their work with the wild Kaimanawa horses and high profile appearances in media.
So it's an enormous adjustment for the sisters from Hikurangi now that the documentary TV series following their escapades training Kaimanawa stallions, Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas, is finishing its run on TV One (tonight, 8pm). The series has rated massively, with more than half a million tuning in to episode one; it was the best watched evening show on any channel and third highest rater overall after One News and Seven Sharp.
New Zealand’s wild Kaimanawa horses were the star of the show in the finale of the inaugural Riding with the Stars event at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on Saturday night. The Wilson sisters brought the curtain down on the event in an adaptation of their TV show, where they recounted the history of the Kaimanawa horses, the tale of how they became involved with the New Zealand wild horses and the whirlwind story that has shot them to success.
Vicki, Kelly, and Amanda Wilson are a team of sisters with a profound appreciation and love of horses. They are some of New Zealand’s most prominent Equestrian personalities, and recently, their love for horses drew them to the Cowboy state to host an educational clinic at the Lazy L&B Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Known for their innate ability to work with horses of all types, the sisters specialize in the oftentimes arduous process of training and re-homing wild horses.
The Wilson sisters are coming to Claudelands Arena next month for the Riding With The Stars dressage and showjumping showcase. Vicki and Amanda will line up in the grand prix on the opening night Friday 12 February, and along with sister Kelly are the main draw card on Saturday 13 February. They will be doing a performance that tells the story of their first involvement with wild horses and how it inspired their television show, Keeping Up With The Kaimanawas.
Northland's Vicki Wilson is regarded by many budding show jumpers as the equestrian equivalent to All Black star Dan Carter. "She is such an inspiration to girls setting out on a show jumping career," says 16-year-old Skye Alexander from Hawke's Bay. Fully kitted out in jodhpurs and riding boots, the Wilson girls look like they are off the set of the television programme McLeod's Daughters. These are confident, competent young women who are committed to sharing their horse wisdom with young riders.
They brought the plight of New Zealand's wild horses to national attention in the TV show Keeping Up with the Kaimanawas, but if that looked like the adventure of a lifetime, wait till you read about what the Wilson sisters did next. As an estimated 450,000 viewers tuned into each episode - winning sisters Vicki, Amanda and Kelly fans outside the equestrian circles in which they're well known - the trio was in the United States living a dream.