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  • Published: 31 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9780143778509
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.00

Wilson Sisters Adventures 1: Shyla, the Snowy Brumby




A brand new equestrian series for fans of the bestselling Showtym Adventures!

Can Nina help the Wilson sisters tame a wild Brumby into a child’s dream pony?

All ten-year-old Nina has ever dreamed of is working with ponies. When the renowned horsewoman Kelly Wilson invites her to help tame a wild pony for the Australian Brumby Challenge, Nina has to pinch herself to believe it. She and Shyla swiftly form a close bond, but all the time Nina knows that the little Brumby is destined for auction, and the dream pony she has worked so hard to train will go to another child.

Nina’s wild pony adventure will take her to Australia’s Snowy Mountains and back — but will she get the chance to have a wild Brumby of her own?

From the author of the bestselling Showtym Adventures, this novel is inspired by the Wilson sisters’ exciting true experiences with wild horses.

  • Published: 31 January 2023
  • ISBN: 9780143778509
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $22.00

About the authors

Kelly Wilson

Kelly Wilson is the bestselling author of six autobiographical non-fiction books: For the Love of Horses, Stallion Challenges, Mustang Ride, Saving the Snowy Brumbies, Taming the Wild and Wild Horses of the World, a children’s picture book Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion and the junior chapter book series Showtym Adventures. She also co-authored a middle-grade novel, Showtym Viking, with her sister Amanda. With her sisters Vicki and Amanda, Kelly starred in the hit-rating TV series, Keeping Up with the Kaimanawas, following their work taming New Zealand’s wild Kaimanawa horses, and has travelled around the globe to document, rescue and tame wild horses.

Nina Sutherland

Nina Sutherland grew up in Northland, New Zealand, and learned to ride at a young age. When she was ten years old she had her first taste of working with wild ponies, helping bestselling author and horsewoman Kelly Wilson to train a wild mare, Shyla, for the Australian Brumby Challenge. Two years later Nina participated in Kelly Wilson’s Wild Kaimanawa Workshop, adopting and training a wild colt named Thunder, and also trained Allegiance, a wild seven-year-old stallion. She competed both ponies in the 2018 Kaimanawa Freedom to Friendship Challenge with top results. With Kelly Wilson she has co-written a series of novels for children that were inspired by these life-changing experiences. She lives in New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay, where she works for Vicki Wilson’s stables as a fulltime equestrian.

Praise for Wilson Sisters Adventures 1: Shyla, the Snowy Brumby

I like to read about young women achieving their dreams and having adventures ... This is a book for the horse lovers and kids who love to meet their sporting goals. [...] I loved reading about the nature treks the horses went on, particularly the parts where they took the horses swimming. At the end of a long day herding cows in the sun and covering the countryside down to an isolated beach, how magical would it be to enter the ocean with your sister and your friends and your beloved ponies? Standing on the backs of the swimming animals and diving into the water? What a sweet and joyful image.

Lucy Black, The Sapling