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Tielcey on Top

Press Release – For Immediate Release
11th July 2006

Tielcey on Top

Tielcey Park’s new owners announced today that the equestrian centre, in Aokautere near Palmerston North, is back on the show scene. The calendar of events is as full as possible – shows or clinic feature every weekend, often more than one per day. As Margo Aasen, Managing Director, says, “We have three arenas, making multi-events possible!” Confirmed for the coming summer season are registered and unregistered dressage series, registered showjumping series (of two one-star shows and an Easter show), unregistered showjumping series, combined training series, and two HOY qualifying showing shows. The second of these, the Tielcey Park Supreme Showing Championships, is scheduled the week before the National Horse and Pony Show, to encourage South Island competitors to make the trip up. “We expect a fabulous turnout by the country’s top competitors and horses,” said Margo.

In addition to shows, the country’s top trainers are conducting clinics at Tielcey Park: Bill Noble, Grant Cashmore, Penny Stevenson, Trisha Wren, Chip Johnson and Andrea Raves are a few of those already confirmed. Many of the NZEF Development squads are also taking advantage of the superb facilities and holding training camps there.

None of this would be possible without the onsite “Team Tielcey” – the staff. Margo credits the professionalism of events to Mary Craine; the layout and service in the saddlery to Pru Robbie; effective training of horses and riders to Nicole Bours; the smooth running of the administration to Sarah Smith; and facility management to her husband, Timo. “The new owners couldn’t ask for anything more; the team is dedicated to ensuring Tielcey Park is the best equestrian facility in the country and consistently offers the best experience to competitors, officials and sponsors.”

“We were extremely fortunate to have secured Nicole Bours as our trainer,” says Margo. “She is incredibly modest. We have a world-class trainer right here and she is becoming busier as more people recognize her talent, both in training horses and coaching riders at all levels.” Nicole has recently arrived from the Netherlands where she learned from Coby van Baalen (Olympic dressage medalist). She has ridden and trained horses and coached riders at an Olympic standard in both dressage and jumping. She was invited to train for the USA Dressage Team for the Seoul Olympics, but unfortunately could not take up this opportunity as her then-husband was transferred to Japan. While she was in Okinawa, she trained members of the Japanese Showjumping Team for the Seoul Olympics. Nicole has built a reputation of helping riders to reach higher levels and is currently training riders in the Manawatu and Wellington.

Pupils of Nicole comment not only on her riding ability, but her ability to inspire riders and auditors. Janet Tolo, who organizes Wellington clinics, noted that Nicole is “extremely talented as a rider and a great communicator. All riders on the clinic are left with a positive feeling about themselves and their horses and projects to work on. Her clinics in Wellington are totally over-subscribed.”

“It’s a dream come true for me”, says Tielcey Park’s Margo Aasen. “Not only do I get to I ride beautiful horses every day, but I train with Nicole Bours three days a week. What I am learning about riding and training horses and students is immeasurable. We now have some gorgeous horses who are not only used in our riding academy, but also schooled and shown by ‘Team Tielcey’. These riders form our teams of showjumpers, show riders, dressage riders and eventually eventers. We have chosen up-and-coming riders demonstrating promise, talent and perseverance. All our riders are trained by Nicole Bours and we expect to make a real mark on the circuits this year.” Already confirmed in the team is Kristin Maxwell, showjumper and eventer, and Julian Wood, a young show rider who demonstrates great talent for dressage. Joining these riders are Sarah Smith, Charlotte Wing and Margo Aasen. Tielcey Park is currently in negotiations with other Manawatu-based riders and will be announcing the full team shortly.

Tielcey Park has pledged 10% of their profits for the next ten years to the CatWalk Trust, which is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal injuries. They have raised nearly $4,500 for the Trust in just two months. Half of this was from the “CatWalk in the Arena” fashion parade which launched Tielcey Park’s support in May, and the other half from members of the Tielcey Park Club. Club members receive preferential parking and preferential invitations to visiting trainers, and a discount at The Tack Room (Tielcey Park’s new saddlery store). “Most of our stock is from Europe, USA and Australia and not available through other retailers. We are proud to be able to bring quality clothing and saddlery into New Zealand, and to show it off at fashion parades and on Team Tielcey riders.”


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