Ever since I was a child I longed to ride a horse. I spent many weekends of my childhood visiting Kuriheka where my grandfather helped to break in Welsh Mountain Ponies for Miss Nichols.
I will never forget the day I arrived to visit and right at the gate was the whitest pony I had ever seen tied up, I was so excited I thought it was for me, but to my disappointment it was a pony that my grandfather was working on for the Nichol's daughter.
It took many long hard days of convincing to be allowed to ride a horse.
I grew up in Dunedin and as soon as I was married I bought my first horse and would ride it all around the streets of Mornington and Look Out point. The horses would never be bothered about the traffic, just worried about the dreaded mailboxes.
I obtained my first teaching position in Oamaru and we moved to the country to cater for the horses.
Our whole life revolves around animals. We have such a managery of animals on the farm that as you get to know me you will also learn about the animals.
Ironically my husband and I bought 50 hectares right next door to Kurikeka and run mostly beef and sheep with a small sideline of horses.
We have three boys, two of which ride motor bikes and one more growing into a petrol head too. Yes you might say horses and motorbikes really do not go together! But one of my sons Ryan is beginning to show an interest in horses also. We both part own a Thoroughbred mare who we bought in foal to an American Paint, with the intention to run her with my stallion.
What inspired me to start a stud was while I was looking for a stallion to put my Clydesdale x mare to, I convinced myself to get my own stallion and breed from him.
Clydesdales are known as gentle giants, that they are. The most beautiful clompetys you could ever imagine.
I dedicate this site to the most beautiful horse a girl could ever own, Safari Lass 31-11-81 - 11-08-09, she was my partner in riding a bond I believe I could never have with another horse.