0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787) info@wrrc-ltd.com

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is 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. This will enable us to maintain and grow a profitable business capable of offering a number of employment opportunities.

To achieve this we are committed to supporting local supplier products where possible (which includes environmentally friendly products that we can reasonably source) as well as extending our social and community relations through regular participation in local community group gatherings, social media presence, and networking with other local tourism operators.

Kathy Dee Korkie

Kathy Dee Korkie

Owner / Business Development Manager

Hi I am Dee, I have loved Horses all my life and started riding when I was 5 years old, I grew up in South Africa and immigrated to New Zealand in 2010. I have been in Business Development management, Sales and marketing for the past 17 years including owning my own businesses overseas . Giving me a wide variety of skills, Aside from my obvious passion for horse’s my other passion is People, Building relationships and developing their skills and confidence. I’m excited to be living my Dream of Working with horses and people and developing some exciting new programs to introduce to the Waimak River Riding Centre alongside my great Business Partner Amelie and our Team of staff. This will include Wellness programs, Mental Health programs, Clinics and many more! My beautiful boy Oliver the Clydesdale will be excited to meet you! So come and meet us and have a beautiful experience that you’ll never forget! So excited to see you soon!
Nina Hauf

Nina Hauf

Head Trekking / Instructor in training

Hi, my name is Nina and I am one of the stable hands and trek guides at WRRC. I have ridden at Waimak since I was young so I am a riding student turned staff member! I was 4 years old when I had my first pony ride on Freeman and have stuck around ever since. Erika taught me for the larger majority of my time in the riding school and I have also been taught by Jean in the past. I also did the riding school holiday programme, it is really cool for me to be on the other side now as a staff member being able to help the kids with their riding and skills with horses. Having known the team for so long and spending most of my weekends growing up with the horses, WRRC feels like a bit of a second home to me and I am very grateful to call it my current workplace. Spending time with the trek horses is definitely one of my favourite parts of the job, especially with Thomas who is my favourite. I also really enjoy being a trek guide and being able to show people how awesome our horses are! I have done some trekking overseas and found it was very different to what I know at WRRC, I love the trust we have here between our staff and trek horses and the way we all love our jobs. 

Kalilah Yusaf

Kalilah Yusaf

Trek guide

Hey my name is Kalilah, I am a trek tour guide here at WRRC Ltd. I am Christchurch born and bred and love that I get to ride on the beautiful Waimakariri river as my job! I have been riding for 15 years and bought my first horse, a standardbred mare called Shelby 10yrs ago who I still have and ride to this day! My passion for horses has taught me a lot over the years and helped me meet some wonderful people. I took a break for a couple of years and spent some time traveling and working overseas. Once I returned to New Zealand I was straight back in the saddle. I’m also very interested in sustainability and off grid living and have dreams off getting my own land to live that lifestyle!

Paige Officer

Paige Officer

Trek Guide / Volunteer

Hey! I’m Paige. I’m a classic kiwi girl originating from the deep south of the south Island. I’ve been riding since I could walk and I’ve always loved horses. My favourite horse is Chip and you can usually find me giving him all of my attention. I was a full time employee prior to the earthquakes but I am currently a volunteer and I work a few days a week taking out treks. Now I live in Lyttleton and I focus on my paintings which is my second passion besides horses, of course!

Caitlyn Ford

Caitlyn Ford

Rider & Exercising ponies/horses

Hi my name is Caitlyn. I used to be a student at WRRC and had plenty of fun on Chesney and Magic back in the day. I have now returned as a staff member, riding the ponies alongside Clare in the riding centre which I really enjoy. I spend my afternoons and weekends riding and competing my own 2 horses.

Yasmin Burdis

Yasmin Burdis

Stable Hand

Hi I am Yasmine,

I am very excited to be back in my hometown after spending a decade up in Marlborough. Though I missed Christchurch, living in rural Blenheim allowed me to have the great experience of owning my own horses from a young age that I certainly wouldn’t have gotten living in the city. Growing up with my own animals (horses, and cats aplenty!) definitely fostered a deep passion and commitment to animal care, and thanks to this I hope to one day become a registered vet nurse–following my dream to be around animals 24/7!
I have been an avid animal lover my whole life, and consider it quite the privilege to spend my days working with horses! I particularly enjoy introducing new people into the equestrian world and seeing them fall in love with riding and the amazing horses and ponies here at WRRC.

Amelie Wouters-Reek

Amelie Wouters-Reek

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!

Clare Maree

Clare Maree

Head Coach / Instructor

Hi! My name is Clare. After 17 years away from WRRC developing my horsemanship skills within the NZ TB Racing industry competing and coaching, I am excited to be back with the WRRC family… along with my greatest work mate ever, a 10 year old TB named Teddy. I learnt to ride here at WRRC and never put the reins down since. My ambition to educate and inspire my clients to feel the bond of equine partnership is nothing short of a dream and I am so fortunate to be able to share this with people. I look forward to meeting you here at WRRC.

“You can see what man-made from the seat of an automobile, but the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse.”

— Charles M. Russell.

Sacha Beaumont

Sacha Beaumont

Assistant Manager / Instructor in training

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!

Erika McStay

Erika McStay

Trainer / instructor / advisor

Hi I’m Erika. I had my first horse when I was 17 and taught myself how to ride. I gave up riding for 20 years and once I got back into it I never looked back. My passion is dressage and teaching both youngsters and adults how to ride. My role is one of managing the horses, staff and helpers as well as marketing and administration, but mostly instructing. It has always been my dream to own and manage a riding centre like this and I am so happy and proud of our achievements here. My greatest pleasure is to see the smiles on peoples’ faces during and after their rides, whether they be treks or riding lessons. 

Jean Harris

Jean Harris

Guest Coach / Mentor

Hi I’m Jean Harris, I have worked with Erika for many years now both as her 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.

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0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787)

Location

219 Coutts Island Rd Belfast, Christchurch 7670
Canterbury, New Zealand
PH: 0800 TREKS R US (0800 8735 7787)

Operating Hours

6.5 days a week every day of the year except Christmas Day

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