For the love of the ride
Nadia’s number one priority is to teach safety to her riding students
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.
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