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Three sisters and their unforgettable journeys to rescue, tame and train New Zealand’s wild Kaimanawa horses.

Three sisters and their unforgettable journeys to rescue, tame and train New Zealand’s wild Kaimanawa horses.
For the Love of Horses is a heartfelt story with humble beginnings in rural New Zealand. From the trials and tears of Pony Club to the joy of riding bareback, and the pressures of adolescence and competitive showjumping, it follows television stars and sisters Vicki, Kelly and Amanda Wilson’s rise to success at the highest level of competition. It is also the story of an unlikely childhood dream coming true.

In 2012 the Wilson sisters became aware of the plight of the wild Kaimanawa horses as they were rounded up and sent to the slaughterhouse. The sisters embarked on a courageous journey to tame horses that many people believed were untrainable. Can the Wilsons change these horses’ fate?

Share the heartbreak, the pain, the elation and the success as the sisters take on these great challenges in this touching and remarkable omnibus edition of two bestsellers.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781775536765

    October 3, 2014

    Random House NZ

    304 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • EBook

    9781775536772

    October 3, 2014

    Random House New Zealand

    272 pages

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Extract

From the very beginning there was no doubt that we three Wilson sisters would grow up with horses. Our parents both rode, and encouraged our love of horses from an early age, but they could never have imagined just how much horses would define our later years.

Mum herself grew up horse-crazy, but with unsupportive parents she used to spend her afternoons helping out at a local racing stable. When she was 13 she was given a broken-down thoroughbred from the track and taught herself to ride without any previous experience. Although she never competed, this sparked a lifelong love affair with horses. Dad, however, grew up in a racing, hunting and polo family, and rode extensively until he injured his back in a rugby scrum and followed this up with a bad accident when his horse fell in a gully and landed on him. Sheep-shearing during the early years of my parents’ marriage worsened the injury, the pain in his back limiting his ability to ride.

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