Life In The Saddle

Episode 23: Interview with Vicki Wilson

June 12, 2022

Tune in to listen to my conversation with Vicki Wilson, one of New Zealand's top equestrians. I first met Vicki during the inaugural Kaimanawa Stallion Challenge in '14 and we were both presenters/clinicians at the national horse expo for many years.


About Vicki Wilson:
Vicki Wilson was riding not long after she could walk. She started competitive showjumping at 15, and began working full time with horses when she was about 17 years old in the far north of New Zealand. After working her way up from local gymkhanas, Vicki has won more awards at the New Zealand Horse of the Year show than any other rider in history. Winning the World Cup in 2014 took her showjumping career to another level, and she’s now one of New Zealand’s most successful riders.
Outside of the competition arena, Vicki has a special talent for working with ‘difficult’ horses and can start any young horse. She is hugely proud of her work with the local Kaimanawa wild horses, the wild brumbies of Australia and American mustangs. Vicki has started hundreds of young horses and has a very specific philosophy that puts the welfare of the horse first and produces “a happy horse that loves its work”.
Vicki cemented her place as one of the world’s most highly respected horsewomen after winning World Championship of Colt Starting title at the Road to the Horse in both 2017 & 2018.
Vicki Wilson Equine Therapy is aimed at helping as many sore horses as possible. She believes there’s no such thing as a problem or naughty horse and that undesirable behaviour is almost always a symptom of pain or fear.
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Vicki Wilson (@vickiwilsonequestrian)


About Life In The Saddle Podcast:
Join horseman Ben Longwell, an American Cowboy living in New Zealand, as he shares stories & adventures and interviews extraordinary men and women in the equine and ranching industries to gain insight into horsemanship and life itself. As part of his mission to help people and their horses achieve more together, through his business True West Horsemanship Ltd, this show will include horsemanship & training tips, stories, interviews with other industry professionals, and tips for personal development and life applications. 


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