For the love of the ride

Na­dia’s num­ber one priority is to teach safety to her rid­ing stu­dents

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

NA­DIA Ner­ces­sian didn’t take up horse rid­ing un­til she was an adult, how­ever, her love and pas­sion meant she took to it like a duck to wa­ter.

“I was work­ing with this old cow­boy at the time who taught me all the lit­tle tricks of the trade,” Na­dia said.

“It wasn’t un­til I was adult that I learnt to ride, I’m glad he taught me be­cause he didn't use any of the nas­ti­ness some peo­ple do with horses.”

Af­ter learn­ing the ropes, Na­dia then went on to teach oth­ers what she had learnt.

“I used to work at a rid­ing school when I was liv­ing in Syd­ney, I was teach­ing kids how to ride there,” Ner­ces­sian said.

“Af­ter that I moved over to Grafton for a lit­tle bit of ex­tra work with horses and other things re­lated to that.

“My in­ter­est in horses started at birth I think, it’s some­thing that is in my blood.”

When Na­dia re­lo­cated to the North Bur­nett, she brought with her the sta­ble of horses she had ac­cu­mu­lated in her years of rid­ing and teach­ing.

“I own 13 horses at the mo­ment,” Ner­ces­sian said.

“My horses are gen­er­ally re­ally good with other peo­ple and I tend to be se­lec­tive about which per­son I put on which horse.”

Na­dia put on a so­cial ride in and around Gayn­dah at the week­end as a num­ber of her reg­u­lar stu­dents were un­avail­able for the day.

“I have my kids here to­day and young Tif­fany Driver, my other stu­dents couldn’t make it to­day un­for­tu­nately, but it has been fun,” Ner­ces­sian said.

Tif­fany Driver is still in the early learn­ing stages of horse rid­ing but is en­joy­ing ev­ery bit of it.

“I used to rid­ing with an­other per­son but she left so I started to ride with Na­dia,” Tif­fany said.

“I’ve been do­ing this for about a year now and I re­ally like go­ing on the trail rides be­cause I love the the coun­try and the quiet.

“It can be pretty hard when you don’t know about it but as you learn more it gets even more fun.”

Na­dia’s youngest son, Ai­den Ner­ces­sian, is also be­gin­ning to learn the ropes. At just five years old, he can al­ready re­cite what he has learnt so far.

“You lean back when you go down the hill and then you lean for­ward when you go up the hill,” Ai­den said.

Na­dia had her twins with her at the week­end and teaches all her chil­dren.

“My teach­ing is fo­cused on safety as the num­ber one priority,” Ner­ces­sian said.

“I teach them how to han­dle the horse with con­fi­dence so that they can go rid­ing in the bush and know how to han­dle their horse.

“Or if they want to go mus­ter­ing they will know what yo do or if their horse tries to bolt on them they will know the right way to re­act.”

Na­dia will con­tinue her teach­ing into the fu­ture and will soon have rides opened up to the wider com­mu­nity.

“I am look­ing to do some trail rides for the pub­lic, back­pack­ers and adults,” Ner­ces­sian said.

“I’ll be do­ing that an­other one of these rides again pretty soon.”

For more info re­gard­ing fu­ture rides and gen­eral in­for­ma­tion visit N&N Horse Stud and Rid­ing Ranch on Face­book.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

FIRST DAY: Na­dia (far right) with her chil­dren and Tif­fany Driver af­ter the week­end ride.

NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION: Na­dia’s chil­drenMariah, Te­leya and Ai­den with Tif­fany Driver. PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

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