Born in Whangamata, Kelly Wilson relocated to Northland with her family at the age of five. Having grown up around horses, she competed in show jumping to Pony Grand Prix level, before focusing on her creative talents. She won a scholarship to Auckland University of Technology and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Graphic Design, minoring in Photography.
She is the author of three bestselling adult books, For the Love of Horses, Stallion Challenges and Mustang Ride, and a children's picture book Ranger the Kaimanawa Stallion. With her sisters Vicki and Amanda, Kelly has starred in a TV series, Keeping up with the Kaimanawas, following their work taming New Zealand's wild Kaimanawa horses, and travelled to America and Australia to rescue and tame wild horses.