On the next episode, screening 23 July 2017 at 7pm on TVNZ 1:
Diana Jamieson spends her days with horses and says we can learn a lot about ourselves from working with them.
“Horses are quite awesome teachers,” she says. “If you’re a nervous uptight person, you’re going to create a nervous uptight horse.”
She says spending time with a horse can teach us to be calm and establish a much better relationship with the horse.
“You can get a one on one connection with them,” she says. “It’s another living mind you’re working with.”
She says we communicate with horses through body language. “They look at our body language and we read them through theirs and their footsteps.”
Diana and her partner Greg Jamieson run a horse and rider training school, Chester Farm, in the beautiful and secluded Maratoto Valley between Coromandel and Waikato.
“You couldn’t get a better and more relaxing place,” Greg says.
Greg and Diana met through their mutual interest in horses, and eight years ago they started their business working with horses and riders.
“Our lifestyles and philosophies and goals just fitted together so naturally,” Greg says.
Greg, who was a New Zealand representative equestrian rider in the 1980s, loves teaching everyone from beginners to aspiring top riders.
“That’s the joy of it – we teach everyone from six-year-olds starting out, to experienced competitors.”
As well as working with horses daily, they host riding camps lasting anything from a weekend to a week.
Diana says the best moments are when she sees the development of riders and their horses.
“It’s absolutely awesome when you see those ‘light bulb moments’ between horse and rider.”
Chester Farm has its own riding team, which did well at the Horse of the Year competition this year.
“I get more nervous watching them than I did competing myself,” Diana says. “My heart’s pounding.”
The couple feel they’ve found the ideal work and life balance.
“It’s a privilege working with animals,” Greg says. “And we’re just so lucky to have the opportunity to help people,”
“Helping people with their horse in a setting like this – it’s Maratoto Magic,” Diana says.
For more about Chester Farm, visit:www.chesterfarm.co.nz
For more about Horse of the Year, visit:http://hoy.kiwi
For things to do around Paeroa, visit:www.tripadvisor.co.nz/Attractions-g676231-Activities-Paeroa_Waikato_Region_North_Island.html
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