About - Kersbrook Equestrian Centre

About Nicki Stuart

Nicki Stuart qualified as an NCAS (EA) Level 1 (General) Coach in 1996. As a girl, Nicki's love of horses was indulged by her parents as they travelled the world with her father's army postings, which included stints in The Philippines and Papua New Guinea. While attending the New England Girls' School, Nicki was dux of its Horse Masters Course and represented the school at Agricultural Shows; as well as completing her Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award for which she undertook a horseback expedition into the rugged the Guy Fawkes National Park, complete with pack horse. This gave her a taste for riding in wild country, and she has made several treks through the high country of Kosciusko National Park.

Nicki then discovered Eventing, or Horse Trials, and competed up to CCI* level at the Gawler Three Day Event. She also show-jumped and particularly enjoyed throwing a few horses on the truck and setting out for a run around the country shows. Nicki now competes in Dressage. . Her horse Kersbrook Kosmic, an Oldenburg (Capone) x Lipizzaner/Arab, is currently graded at Medium level and his full brother, BH Casey, is about to go under saddle.

As a rider and coach Nicki has trained with a wide range of Australian and international equestrians, and has used these opportunities to develop her own training techniques and philosophies. She is dedicated to positive communication, training effective rider posture, and the welfare of the ridden horse. Since opening Kersbrook Equestrian Centre with her family in 1992, Nicki has helped hundreds of riders develop their riding skills, knowledge and appreciation of horses. She has contributed to South Australia's horse sports through voluntary committee work and is always willing to help any rider who wishes to expand their experience.

In the late 1990's Nicki invited horse trainer, Andrew McLean to the equestrian centre to share his system and principles; this is now known as Academic Horse Training. Nicki has worked with the McLean's to develop a series of training DVDs for this method. The project gave her the opportunity to combine her skills as a journalist, coach and trainer. She is a full member of the International Society for Equitation Science. www.equitationscience.com

Away from horses, Nicki has had a twenty year career in radio and television with the ABC, working as a sports broadcaster, news reporter and newsroom chief of staff; as well as reporting for the network's flagship programs such as Behind the News, Landline and The Country Hour.

Nicki also loves travelling and has trained horses and riders in India and the UK. She accompanied Andrew McLean on the founding trip in 2007 to Nepal to document his work training elephants. www.h-elp.org & www.abc.net.au/landline. Her broad life experience, enthusiasm, communication skills, attention to detail and desire to learn have helped Nicki to become a competent horse trainer and coach with something to offer almost any horse/person.