Wilson Waits it out in the Wings

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Wilson Waits it out in the Wings

Vicki Wilson is sidelined at HOY – the first time she hasn’t ridden at the show since 2003, and it is certainly not by choice.

The 28-year-old from Hikurangi was injured while rehearsing for the live adaptation of the very popular Keeping up with the Kaimanawas TV show, at Riding with the Stars in Hamilton.

Vicki Wilson, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Tuesday, March 01, 2015. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

Vicki Wilson, Horse of the Year 2016, Hawkes Bay A&P Showgrounds, Hastings, Tuesday, March 01, 2015. Credit: KAMPIC / Kerry Marshall

She was concussed and, unbeknown to her until just recently, sustained a tiny fracture of the T1, between her shoulders.

“It was just a freak accident,” says Wilson. “The horse got a fright . . . and I ended up being hit in the head with a bamboo pole.”

The horse also ran over her.

There are still gaps in her memory – the hour before the accident and the six following. Wilson still has headaches and she doesn’t sleep much, but does say just shutting her eyes is restful.

She was initially told she could probably ride in three weeks, bur she tried that a few days ago and “it didn’t go so good”.

“It was a four minute ride and half of that was walking.”

After the accident she headed to Hawaii for a holiday and says she did plenty of walking

Until three days ago she was still seeing double and has been told to now to take it easy for another six weeks.

“Once the headaches go, it will be fine.”

Keeping her quiet and calm for that long is not quiet as easy as it sounds.

She with sisters Kelly and Amanda have a busy few months ahead, with their CopRice Nationwide Tour, as well as trips to the United States where they will work with mustangs, to Australia for the Brumbie Challenge and back with the Kaimanawas in New Zealand.

Wilson has many fond memories from HOY. Over the years she has won plenty of trophies and ribbons, and she had big plans for this year with her “special” horse Ngahiwi Showtym Premier.

“He was very carefully managed this year so we could peak here,” she said. “There is always next year. I will have a big flash team here for 2017.”

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