Staff

Nadine Bollig

Owner, Trainer, Coach, Instructor

Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre has been successfully owned and operated by Nadine Bollig since the spring of 2000. Nadine has been involved with horses since the age of 9 when she started to take lessons at a local stable, and within a year had her own first pony, an Appy mare named Sassy who is still a successful member of the school string at the ripe age of 24. Having nearly 20 years of horse experience, Nadine is a current certified Instructor, Equine Behaviourist and Trainer through the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation and Equine Canada, a certified Level 1 Coach with NCCP Canada, and is currently working to achieve competition coach status.

Nadine has been showing competitively since she was a child and showed in many disciplines including dressage, western pleasure, reining, english, hunter, jumper, driving, and even some barrels and poles. She was an active member of Pony Club and 4-H well into her teens. She uses her extensive experiences and her own training, and puts her heart and soul into the operating of the stable to bring out the best in all of the students and horses at Reaching Strides. Nadine has worked with several trainers throughout her career on the methods of non-resistance training through Natural Horsemanship and implements this into every horse or pony that comes through the training program at RSEC.

Nadine acts as head coach and trainer for the stable and continues to enjoy competing, now mainly in the hunter discipline. She acts as competition coach and travels with students at all levels and disciplines to competitions from fun/schooling shows to Provincial Bronze and National Gold competitions. Horses and Equestrian are her business and her passion, and she is proud to provide to the stable an environment that is family-like, safe, and friendly, and treats all clientele - whether they are horses or people - with open friendship. One of her biggest beliefs is "you walk into the stable a stranger, but you leave as a friend".

 


 

Gracie VanZutphen

Assistant Instructor

We are honoured to welcome our Gracie to the staff list as our first official Certified Instructor since we've moved to Port Hood. Gracie is the first student in the province to become a certified Instructor through the NSEF/EC High school credit program. She has been an RSEC student for 8 years and is a certified rider level 7 rider. Her talents are unlimited and range from competing in the Hunter Ring, to the jumper, as well as competing in Pre-Training level in Eventing, and now as a new IOB at RSEC. She is our top ranked student at RSEC and continues to amaze with her talent every new season.

Big Congrats Gracie on your latest accomplishment, we look forward to seeing your talents continue in this new venture.

 


 

Jessie Stewart

Stable Manager, Assistant Trainer, Assistant Instructor

Jessie has been with the RSEC team since she was 7 years old. She learned her love for horses very early into her riding career and we in turn learned that this young rider had something very special. It became very clear early on that this girl had a very special natural talent that just blew everyone away. Every new learning curve was just so very easy for her and she very quickly moved up the ranks. She started off as a student, then started to assist at camps as a counselor, then became our weekend stable manager during the school year and then over the last few summers was our stable manager.

She has assisted in the training of every horse that has come to RSEC over the past several seasons and competes in the competition ring riding everything from green horses to national gold hunter competitions. Jessie also assists with the teaching of beginner lessons, is a certified Equine Canada rider level 7, and is striving to complete her instructor certification in the near future. We are ever so blessed to have this talented young lady on our team and are proud to call her one of our own.

 


 

Emma Chisholm

Stable Manager, Barn Assistant

Emma is a Fantastic young lady that is a super hard worker with a super friendly and open personality. She always has a smile on her face and is ready to help at a moments notice.

 


 

Moriah Chandler

Assistant Stable Manager, Barn Helper

Moriah does everything from feeding the horses to helping riders get ready for lessons or trail rides. She assists with the training of some of our youngsters, acting as a camp counselor and helping to teach beginner riders their stable management skills. This is one talented young lady with a busy schedule - on top of which she also competes and is a certified level 4 rider through Equine Canada. We are so lucky to have this talented young lady on our team!

 


 

Elizabeth Lawrence

Trail Guide

Meet Elizabeth Lawrence, our trail boss. Her Equine partner, Rusty, joins her as head guide on our beginner trail rides. Elizabeth has a strong attitude for learning all she can and is in the process of training him under guidance to drive a cart. This guy is super chill and learns fast. They are an integral part of our team. We are ever so lucky to have them.

 


 

David Hayne

Farrier

David Hayne is the Professional Farrier and Hoof Care Specialist for Reaching Strides Equestrian Centre and our clientele. He is the best farrier around and does his job thinking about what is best for the horse. He focuses on balanced as well as therapeutic hoof care for light horses, draft horses, ponies, miniatures, mules and donkeys.

David has been shoeing horses professionally since 1987 and has spent the last 30 plus years in studies of Farriery Science. He is a member of the American Farrier Association and has written and passed the Certified Farrier Written Exam in 2002 in Rochester, New York. He is actively involved with the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Veterinarian College on Prince Edward Island in the Vet/Farrier Course Programs, and works with vets in therapeutic and pathological cases.

David attended the Atlantic Farrier School in 1987, which was the extension department of the Nova Scotia Agriculture College. He mentored under Rocky Irons and was hired as the substitute instructor at the Atlantic Farrier College. He acts as the Vice President of the Nova Scotia Farrier Association and believes in the motto "Educated Farriers Educating Farriers".

He has mentored with Farriers from the RCMP Musical Ride and participated in clinics with Certified Journeyman Farriers Andrew Elsbree, Fred Bowers, Myron McLean, Dave Farley, Danny Ward and the gentleman who wrote the book on Principals of Horseshoeing, Dr. Doug Butler.

His work is mainly focused on hunter/jumpers, western pleasure and driving horses. You can learn more about his farrier services on the Hoof N' Forge page.

 


 

Grace MacDonald

Barn Helper

Grace MacDonald assists with all chores around the stables from feeding, cleaning, grooming, helping riders prepare for their lessons etc. She is a certified level 4 rider through equine canada and is a rising star in our riding school. We are so fortunate to have her as part of our team as well as our staff.

 


 

Kailin Howard

Equine Photographer

Kailin Howard is our talented equine photographer. This girl has got talent behind a lens like no one I've ever met - she sees things that no one else does. We are ever so lucky to have had her as part of our team for over a decade. Kailin has been an RSEC student for over 10 years and continues to compete in the hunters with her beautiful Paint stallion Crimson Santana, where she excels. We are so blessed to have watched this young lady grow up and succeed.

 


 

Jenna Dorton

Lightworker, Reiki Master, and Energy Healer

Jenna Dorton is the owner of The Wellness Den, where she offers yoga, meditation, crystal healing therapy, mindfulness-based life coaching and reiki to both people and animals. You can normally find Jenna at Reaching Strides running Ladies Wellness Nights, teaching mindfulness and yoga to Day Campers, assisting in the lesson programs and therapy sessions, and feeding the horses. Once Jenna completes her certifications in equine therapy, along with 25+ years horse related experience, and her business focus on holistic health and wellbeing, she will be playing a major role in the therapy programs. With the addition of Jenna, it will allow us to offer unique, wellness based progressive programming, focusing on balancing the body, mind, and spirit.

Jenna has the following qualifications: Usui Reiki Master/ Teacher III, Chakra Energy Healer, Crystal Healing Therapy Practitioner, Crystal Master, Internationally accredited Yoga Coach, Meditation Guide, Mindfulness-based Life Coach, Colour Therapy Practitioner and Aromatherapy Practitioner.

You can find her on Facebook at the @thewellnessden2020.

 


Animal Staff

Romeo

Barn Mascot & Trouble Maker

Romeo has the sweetest personality and will welcome anyone with his undeniable cuteness.. But if he finds a hole in the fence he doesn't mind going to visit the neighbours to enjoy the always-greener grass on the other side! Romeo was born on May 24th, 2012 - his dam is Honey and his sire is Mighty Moose. He's got the best traits of both parents and we are looking forward to starting his training over the next few years.

 


Lucy

Cuddle-Bug

Lucy is the baby, a 3 year old Lab mix with more personality than most people. She is the most lovable, personable dog that you will ever meet. She craves attention so much that she literally cannot stand anyone else to receive any in her presence. Lucy loves to dance, cuddle, drive in the car, sleep on Nadine's bed, go on trail rides, swim, cuddle, help people with their chores, cuddle, and oh yeah, did we mention cuddle?

 


Bella

Barn Kitty Princess

Bella will welcome you as long as you're quiet, but if you make a lot of noise she says "see you later!"

 


Frankie

Mouser

Frankie is a total cuddle bug and will love you instantly. He's a very cruel mouser and likes to torment his poor prey, but he keeps the tack and feed room cleaned out to perfection! He's got quite the personality - there aren't two of these characters in the world!

 


Past Animal Staff

Dixi

 

Ebony

 

Beautiful

 

Cricket

 



Muffin

 

Timbit

 

Nico

 

Nikita

 

Ted

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