Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to share our passion for horses, in all ways, shapes and forms. To help people in our community where we can trough the use of our horses, because they can. And to be one of the leading riding centres in New Zealand catering for and encouraging riders of all levels, from first timers to those who wish to pursue a competitive career or those who just ride for pleasure. With a strict focus on safety first which goes hand-in-hand with enjoyment of the activity, we want to offer a relaxed and friendly learning environment.
To achieve this we are committed to supporting local supplier products where possible, which includes environmentally friendly products that we can reasonably source.
Kathy Dee Korkie
Owner / Business Development Manager
Stablehand / Coach / Trekguide
Hiya my name is Sacha! I was born in Russia and moved to New Zealand when I was 6. I found my passion for horses after I sat on a miniature pony at a school fair and then tried to persuade my mother that we could keep him….and he would sleep in my room….under my bed, but to my disappointment she said no..so I decided at the age of 17 that I would work alongside them instead. Ever since then I have expanded my knowledge about the care and safety of horses through studying and working at different Riding schools.
My two dogs and three cats currently have all of my attention, I love food and my sleep ins!
I am super excited to be working at WRRC alongside an awesome team, so don’t be afraid to come say hi! You will usually find me with gumboots on my feet that have shoelaces in them, don’t ask why because they have no purpose they just look cool!
Stablehand / trekking
Hello, my name is Sophie and I was born and raised in Canterbury, I have been riding since i was about 6 and first fell in love with horses when I had a pony ride on one of my Aunty’s ponies in Australia. I’m very excited to be a part of the lovely team at WRRC and I’m very happy to be working with horses as that is something i’ve have longed to do for years, I love learning new things and passing them onto others. I currently have one horse who is a lovely ottb with such a kind nature. I would love to get to know clients and share what I know with you. I look forward to meeting you all!
Hi, I’m Amelia. I was born and raised here in Canterbury.
Owner / Instructor
Hello, my name is Amelie. I was born and raised in the Netherlands where I have lived for most of the last 47 years. I moved to New Zealand with my husband and 12 year old son in 2020. I started horse riding when I was 8 years old and have never stopped. I have done jumping, vaulting, dressage, trail riding, western riding and over the past 7 years I have been involved in carriage driving/marathon competitions. I am certified in natural horsemanship, gymnastic work for dressage horses and am an equine acupressure practitioner. And qualified coach/instructor. I can truly say that horses are my life. What I love most about them is the way they communicate with us and just how very good they are at letting us know what they need from us. Our hores are raised and trained in the most honest and uncomplicated way.
Whilst here, I fell in love with the place, the people and the country and now I’m living the dream of owning a riding centre and sharing my knowledge and experience with not only our horses but also with great New Zealand community. Horses have the ability to touch hearts in many different ways. I would love to share this with you.
I hope to meet you soon!
Stablehand / Coach / Trekguide
Hi all! I’m Jorja. I’ve been obsessed with horses since I can remember, but didn’t get the chance to ride until I moved to Christchurch back in 2016. I grew up on the West Coast and would make my parents drive me around to find horses in paddocks that I could pat!
Dressage is my passion, and I love teaching it as it really is the foundation for everything!
I learnt to ride here at WRRC, then left to spend 2 years studying everything horsey at National Trade Academy. I then went out into the equine world to find my passion! I’ve spent time as a groom for a showjumper, worked in Thoroughbred racing, and spent a lot of time with my aunt’s broodmares and foals among other things! But in the end I’ve been led back here to Waimak to share my passion with my students, so I’ve really come full circle!
I look forward to seeing you, whether it be for a trek, your first lesson, or your 100th lesson!
Hi! My name is Zoe, and I’m a student at UC in my last year studying Financial Engineering. I’ve grown up riding quite a bit, and after a few years off through high school I have loved getting back into it here and rediscovering my passion for horses. I love working here and spending time giving all my love and attention to our horses and ponies, and you will often find me overloading Courage with cuddles and snacks.
I would love to meet you and look forward to seeing you – I know you will love it here as much as I do!
Guest Coach / Mentor
Hi I’m Jean Harris, I have worked with WRRC for many years now both as a personal coach and also with the School Holiday Riding Program. I have had many years training and teaching in England and France and I have also worked some years in Austria for Johanne Riegler of the Spanish Riding School. My passion is Dressage however I can also coach in Show Jumping and Cross Country.