Our Dressage Ambassadors

Vanessa Way

Vanessa is a Grand Prix dressage rider based in Taranaki. She first tasted national success in eventing, winning the Young Rider title and the Swarbrick Trophy at the 1993 New Zealand Three Day Event Championships riding Kungfu Boy. When not riding her own horses, Vanessa can be found teaching her many students up and down New Zealand. Training with and working for Carl Hester over 10 months in 2012 was her ‘dream job’, and she went back in mid 2014 to further her training. Vanessa is an ESNZ Qualified Performance Dressage coach.

Abbie Deken

Abbie is a professional dressage rider, competitor and coach, based in Taranaki, New Zealand. Abbie had the biggest win of her career in 2017, taking out the Dressage Horse of the Year crown riding KH Ambrose. “There are so many struggles and doubt along the way and massive setbacks, so when you get something like this, the hours and hours that go in are so worthwhile,” she said. Abbie trains with Vanessa Way and pays tribute to her get to where she is now. “She’s helped me every step of the way…she lives right next door to me, we are a real team between us.”

Lucarne Dolly

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Sophie de Clifford

Sophie is a top dressage rider, competing successfully from age 10 in the show and show hunter rings, and concentrating on solely dressage from age 15 onwards. Sophie had the chance to work in Germany for Isabell Werth for two years, and upon arriving back in New Zealand, purchased successful PSG mare, Ashbury Dolly. Then Ashanti came along and won almost everything they entered from Level 2 up to Level 7. Sadly, they lost her due to illness in 2017. Alamo BL and Kinnordy Golda are her current hopes for the big sport, which a few youngsters waiting in the wings.

Our Eventing Ambassadors

Ashleigh McKinstry

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Jeffrey Amon

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Beth Wilson

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Our Show Jumping Ambassadors

Tors Rattray

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Mat Dickey

The Dickey family has been training jumping horses for over 20 years, with Mathew first being introduced to horses by his parents Phil Dickey and Jen Blyde. As of October 2017, Mathew took a step back from his professional civil engineering career to focus on equestrian sport. He competes with his team of horses at the top jumping level nationally in competitions across New Zealand. Along with Mathew’s partner and sister, Dickey Stables is home to top class riders competing top class horses.

Brigitte Smith

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Our Endurance Riding Ambassadors

Georgia Smith

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Andrea Smith

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Murray Smith

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