Lessons

About Nicole Tassone (Trainer Nic) –
Nic is considered a specialist Standardbred and ‘effective communication’ coach, with a passion for the rehabilitation of the off the track horse.  
Over the past 9 years Nic has travelled around Victoria to teach at PCAV and HRCAV club rallies, speak at events advocating for life after racing and Standardbred horses and also to run private lessons and clinics.
Nic’s services are in demand by riders with confidence issues, for horses and riders in ‘start up mode’ and as a Standardbred-specific coach. 
Nic is a great communicator and believes in riding smarter, not harder, and celebrating the ‘little wins’ that make horsemanship such a joy!

Riding Lessons – On Own Horse (owner riding).

Nic offers casual and weekly riding lessons to riders looking to improve communication with their horse.

From common issues, such as straightness and rhythm, through to more complex Standardbred-specific behaviours (pacing, disunited canter etc) – Nic’s seen it all, deals with most of it on a daily basis and has helped many riders and horses to overcome these problems. Nic communicates in a manner that is easy to understand and apply.

Nic runs lessons from RTS HQ: located just 2km from the Hume Hwy in Clonbinane and has excellent equestrian facilities for use by students.

RTS HQ has a fabulous 20m x 24m roof, which provides much shade (and a temperature drop of up to 15 degrees in summer) and shelter from the elements. Lessons are run year-round.

Nic provides tuition for all breeds of horse, all levels of rider, to people with confidence issues, for green horses and for kids in groundwork, dressage and gridwork/jumping.

Lessons are available across 7 days of the week.

Rates –

$60 per one-on-one session, of a duration of approximately 1 hour.

Lessons will need to be scheduled at least one week in advance, as Nic has two small children/babies and arranges babysitting during lessons.  Given this, there is a 50% non-refundable booking fee to secure all lessons.

Email Nicole at: raisingthestandards@hotmail.com to secure your spot!

 


Split riding lesson – owner rides for half, Nic rides for half.

Nic has recently opened up her availabilities for split sessions, after taking a period of time out of the saddle to have children.

These intensive workouts provide the owner the opportunity to ride under instruction for half the session and then have Nic jump aboard and ride for the other half.

Sessions are conducted with either the rider starting off in the saddle, then Nic jumping aboard to refine any issues noted and introduce new concepts to the horse, or with Nic starting off in the saddle to troubleshoot any known issues and then the rider jumps on and has a go at working through these with the horse, after Nic has provided some clarity and guidance.

Split sessions are offered after an initial assessment has taken place, which is a normal private riding lesson (owner riding).

Rates –

$80 per split session, of a duration of approximately 1 hour (working in with the horse’s fitness).

Lessons will need to be scheduled at least one week in advance, as Nic has two small children/babies and arranges babysitting during lessons.  Given this, there is a 50% non-refundable booking fee to secure all lessons.

Email Nicole at: raisingthestandards@hotmail.com to secure your spot!

 


Raising the Standards has recently recommenced a retraining service for privately-owned Standardbreds.

This service is for horses who are broken to saddle, and going kindly.
Issues addressed may include flexion/straightness, responsiveness, self-carriage, pacing and canter.

Nicole is unable to take on horses for breaking to saddle, or correct horses with concerning/dangerous vices under saddle, due to physical limitations stemming from two difficult pregnancies (however she can offer referrals to suitably experienced equine professionals who specialise in these areas).

Rates:

$280 per week, includes agistment in a premium private paddock, daily workout and owner-provided feed out (hard feed to be supplied, hay at an additional cost – round or squares available).

Please email Nicole for more information: raisingthestandards@hotmail.com