Optimising Dressage Horses’ Bodies for Peak Performance

Erica Larson, News  Optimising Dressage Horses’ Bodies for Peak Performance Plan to give horses ample time between skill sessions that require muscle strength training (i.e., practicing piaffe or pirouette, seen here) for their muscles to recover—at least two days.Photo: FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool Pic/Livepic When your dancing partner has four legs and a mind of his own, […]

Schoolmasters Available for Lessons

Private riding facility in beautiful Karaka is offering 2 well trained schoolmasters. 10 mins from the Karaka off ramp along Karaka North Road. Idealistic private setting includes the use of a 60×30 arena, 18 metre round pen, show jumps, road/quiet lane riding and farm riding. If you are looking for piece and quiet without the […]

Waitemata Dressage Group Results

A big thanks to Waitemata Dressage group for another well organised competition. It always amazes me how well prepared you all are with your coffee machine and fab food so early in the morning. We were first to arrive and unfortunately parked in the wrong area, our apologies there. Thankfully it had not rained the […]


  BILL NOBLE DRESSAGE COACHING KARAKA NOV 12TH Excellent facilities 55 min lessons allowing extra time for review and discussion Bookings essential 027 462 5974 or 09 292 7109 Manuka Sport Horses 37E William Potter Lane, Karaka.  

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Exceptionally Talented 6YO Mare

Exceptionally Talented 6 YO Mare Incredibly willing to please. Started with care and has an exceptionally trainable temperament and a fabulous work ethic. Competed with several wins and placings at Novice level in dressage this winter. Ready for Medium this summer. Brave jumper, with the scope and technique to allow a huge future as an […]

Manuka Meilekke at AMDG

Manuka Meilekke had great fun at AMDG training day on Sunday 7th July. It is a great experience for young horses especially to become accustomed to the bustle of lots of other horses being ridden in a smaller area. The cushion ride arenas were open which takes up to three 60×40 arenas so there was […]

Manuka Magni

Magni is progressing well and will be going out Medium level dressage in the coming season having scoured excellent percentages in all his competitions at Prelim and Novice Level. He is still growing and developing so we are having to take our time with him. He is showing his real abilities now after going through […]

Dressage Training the Circle of Aids

“The order in which the aids are applied plays a role in collecting work as well. The calves come first, asking the hind legs to step under. The weight is second, bending the hind legs and directing the horse’s body towards the hand. Finally come the limiting and flexing aids of the hand. “The final […]

Manuka Memphis and Magdelaine

Manuka Memphis (by Moschinno out of our San Mateo mare Replica is an absolute dream. He is extremely laid back and has a big jump and an amazing temperament so we believe he will make a wonderful showjumping or eventing prospect. He is very friendly and inquisitive, easy to handle, quiet and trusting with his […]