The Wilson sisters brought the curtain down on the inaugural Riding with the Stars (RWTS) before the 3,500 sell-out audience at Claudelands Arena in Hamilton.
In an adaptation of their TV show, they recounted the history of the Kaimanawa horses, the tale of how they became involved with the New Zealand wild horses and the whirl-wind success story that has shot them to success.
It wasn’t without any hitches however- just two hours before show time eldest sister Vicki suffered a concussion and was taken to hospital when a horse jumped over a bamboo rail and knocked her over.
It was then up to sisters Kelly and Amanda and the rest of the team to ensure the show continued on.
“Some of the scenes had to be re-organised at the last minute because Vicki had trained with specific horses and wasn’t there to cue them,” said Kelly.
Fortunately the Wilson sisters’ full time rider and groom Alexa Dodson helped Kelly write the script, so she was able to fill in for Vicki.
Argo KH also stepped in to play the part of Major KH, a horse whos bond with Vicki was so strong, no one else ever trained him. Certainly not bareback and bridleless, like she had planned to ride him on the night.
Despite Vicki being unable to take part, Kelly was thrilled with how they performed.
“I am super happy with how everything went. My grey stallion Elder played his part perfectly. He kept herding his mares away from the other horses so it was great that the audience could see a realistic example of wild horse behaviour,” she said.
They had horses galloping around the arena among spot lights and live music. After the show, thousands lines up to get signatures from the stars.
The Wilson Show was the second and final night of the Riding with the Stars.