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Wilson Sisters

Wilson Sisters

Vicki, Kelly and Amanda are prominent figures on the equestrian scene, having competed with success at the highest levels of show jumping for many years. Since 2012, the sisters have also become widely known for their work with wild horses, having tamed and advocated for the plight of New Zealand’s wild Kaimanawas, the American Mustangs and more recently the legendary Australian Brumbies.

Known for their determination, passion and clean-living lifestyle, these three Kiwi sisters are gaining a reputation for their talent with horses. More notably, their humble upbringing and down-to-earth personalities have made them admired role models, inspiring and encouraging people of all ages. Their growing success and popularity shows that their passion for both life and horses can cross any border and embed itself within the hearts of the public.

Vicki

Vicki Wilson is one of New Zealand's most successful and well-respected show jump riders and is known for her competitive edge and her ability to produce happy horses that love their work. She has won countless classes at the highest levels, right through to World Cup, and has consistently been in the winner's circle since she won her first national title in 2004. At Horse of the Year, Vicki has won the Lowry Medallion five times and the Nationwide Cup nine times - more than any other rider in history.

Vicki is well regarded for her versatility and has won many national titles across the Show Jumping, Show Hunter and Showing disciplines. She has represented New Zealand in the winning Trans Tasman Young Rider team three times and has competed to 1.40m riding under the New Zealand flag in Europe with many wins and placings.

Outside of the competition arena, Vicki is one of the country's top horse trainers. Her specialties lie with fixing problem horses, starting young ones for any discipline, and the domestication of wild horses.

Kelly

Kelly Wilson grew up with horses and competed with success across the disciplines, including showjumping to Pony Grand Prix level, before pursuing her creative talents. In 2009, she graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Graphic Design. Since then, Kelly has become a highly sought-after freelance designer, equine journalist, best-selling author and award-winning photographer with numerous accolades, including the 2014 National Geographic People's Choice Photographer of the Year. 

Kelly show jumps with success in the Amateur Rider series, but her true passion is training and advocating for wild horses and slaughter horses. In 2014, working alongside Kaimanawa Heritage Horses, she was inspired to launch the Kaimanawa Stallion Challenges - a national training initiative to encourage people to rehome the older horses from the biennial musters, many of whom would otherwise go to slaughter.

In 2015, Kelly traveled to the USA to compete in the Idaho 100-day Extreme Mustang Makeover. She consistently placed throughout the competition, finishing sixth overall among some of America's top trainers, on her mare Jackie. 

In recent years, Kelly has found a passion for writing and in 2014 published her first book, the No 1 best-seller For the Love of Horses with Penguin Random House. This was followed by the best-selling Stallion Challenges in 2015, which cemented Kelly's future as an author. Her third book, Mustang Ride, is due to be released in late 2016, alongside her first picture book, Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion.

Amanda

Amanda Wilson’s partnership with her famed pintos has positioned her as one of New Zealand's most promising show jumping riders. Showtym Viking first brought Amanda into the public eye by winning the 2010 Show Jumping Pony of the Year, before going on to win many Young Rider and Grand Prix classes to 1.50m. More recently, Amanda has produced Showtym Cassanova to success at Grand Prix, Super League and World Cup level - the duo have won and placed consistently at the highest level, including top finishes in the 2015 and 2016 Olympic Cup, one of the most prestigious show jumping classes in Australasia. 

Amanda has a passion for young horses, as she loves to begin with a blank canvas. Her gentle approach to working with horses produces highly effective results and she has earned a reputation for producing some of the best young horses on the show jumping circuit.

Amanda has an equally strong passion for film. In 2012, together with her sisters, Vicki and Kelly, she saved 11 wild horses from slaughter and filmed their journey for the documentary Wind Eaters, which was her directorial debut. The documentary attracted the interest of New Zealand's leading television network, and the Wilson sisters' work with 12 horses from the 2014 muster was filmed to create the top-rated television series, Keeping up with the Kaimanwas, with Amanda as second cameraman. In 2015, she filmed her second documentary, Mustang Ride, which follows the sisters' journey taming American Mustangs. Amanda also has a love for writing and is currently writing her first fictional novel.