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.   Nic has spent the past 8 years travelling 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

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.

Rates –

Lessons with Nic commencing between 9am-4pm (to finish by 5pm) during the week are priced at $50. Lessons that run during Nic’s family time (before and after general business hours and on weekends) will be subject to a $15 surcharge – so $65 per hour.

Nicole will still travel out to teach at riding clubs, to groups and as part of externally managed/coordinated clinics. For all external sessions, a minimum of 3 back-to-back lessons must be booked and a month’s notice may be required to secure this sort of commitment from Nic. Rates will be charged according to travel considerations, weekends will be available.

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


Riding lessons – On School Horse 

Not currently offered.

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

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

Nicole is unable to take on horses for breaking to saddle, or correct horses with concerning/dangerous vices under saddle, however can offer referrals to suitably experienced equine professionals who specialise in these areas.Please email Nicole for more information: raisingthestandards@hotmail.com