"To be able to enjoy one’s work in life, is to be blessed."

I am indeed blessed to work with many wonderful people, some of whom are competitive and ambitious, and some of whom are not ambitious for the competition arena, but still devoted to their horses and committed to being better horsemen and riders.

To each and all, thankyou for instilling the trust in me to guide you on your journeys. Bring on 2021!

Crystalbrook Platinum


Name: Kristen McAuslan

Horses: Siriano & Crystalbrook Platinum

I’ve had the priviledge of working with Kristen, a fellow dressage coach, since she was a teenager with her thoroughbred gelding Cookie. Together, we took her beloved BD Bellissimo (by Benito) from Preliminary to Grand Prix level, before she tragically lost him well before his time.

Siriano (by Sir Donnerhall) is the second product of our training partnership, and they have had much success together, including winning the 2016 QLD State Prix St George Championship title; And many times selected on the QLD State Dressage Squad. Kristen has made the difficult decision to sell Siriano to make some property improvements, and in the meantime enjoys teaching her own students on him.

Kristen started a third young Warmblood, Crystalbrook Platinum (by Prestige VDL), in 2017. Forging a strong partnership, Kristen and Platinum won Elementary Reserve Championships at the PRARG **, Brenda Wittman ** and Caboolture Official and were finalists for QLD Elementary Horse of the Year. Pushing on with training through the Corona year of 2020, Kristen and Platinum are more established in the flying changes and ventured interstate for their first big atmospheric competition, at Willinga Park Dressage by the Sea, where they earnt a very wonderful 7th placing in the medium championship.

We are looking forward to another journey to GP!

Remi Lanikai

Fairbanks DaVinci

Davrol Mowgli
Name: Daisy Fielding

Horse: Fairbanks DaVinchi
, Remi Lanikai & Davrol Mowgli

I have been training Daisy for five years. In this time, Daisy has impressed me with her commitment to training and being as good as she can be. She is super committed, patient and loves everything about the sport, from early mornings, to cleaning gear and mucking boxes.

Achievements together include:

- State Interschool Senior Elementary Champion
- National Interschool Elementary Champion
- QLD Junior Novice Young Rider of the Year
- QLD Junior Elementary Young Rider of the Year
- QLD State Reserve Young Rider Elementary Champion
- Dressage QLD Bronze Medal
- Selected on the 2017 Arnage Warmblood Stud QLD State Young Rider Squad

- Selected for a Bond Scholarship
- State and National Interschool Medium Champion
- National Interschool Elementary Reserve Champion
- QLD State Open Elementary Champion
- Australian Youth Elementary Champion and FEI Junior Tour Champion
- QLD Elementary Horse of the Year
- QLD Elementary Young Rider of the Year
- QLD Medium Young Rider of the Year
- Selected on the 2018 Arnage Warmblood Stud QLD State Young Rider Squad

- Brisbane CDI Young Rider Tour Champion
- Winner of a Bond University Blues Award
- QLD Advanced Young Rider of the Year
- QLD Small Tour Young Rider of the Year
- QLD Senior Young Rider of the Year
- Winner of the ‘Crisp’ Emerging FEI Rider of the Year
- Selected on the 2019 Arnage Warmblood Stud QLD State Young Rider Squad

- Willinga Park CDI-Y Champion
- Brisbane CDI-Y Reserve Champion
- QLD State Youth Championships - CDI-Y Reserve Champion
- Fraser Coast ** - Reserve Small Tour Champion
- Selected on National Young Rider Development Squad
- 2019 DQ Gold Medal
- 2019 Irene Bakers-Noreen runner-up Small Tour Young Rider of the Year

In 2020, Daisy began the task of training her first youngster, in Remi Lanikai, just broken-in, and by Lauries As, out of Champion mare Fioretta. With the support of her parents, Daisy also has new 6 year old Davrol Mowgli, to train and campaign.

Castlebrook Brenin Jude

Name: Charlotte Adamson

Horse: Castlebrook Brenin Jude

It was my pleasure to coach Charlie from the age of 12 til she was 16 years old. Starting with her stunning Welsh Cob, Castlebrook Brenin Jude, Charlie always impressed me with her dedication and attention to detail. This dynamic duo were a lovely pair to train. From Jude onto an FEI schoolmaster in Jazzaround, Charlie won a 2019 DQ Silver Medal  and was awarded Dressage QLD Junior Young Rider of the Year 2019.

Of the many wonderful achievements, here are a few:

- QLD State Young Rider Novice Champion
- QLD State Junior Interschool Novice Champion
- National Junior Interschool Champion
- QLD Novice Young Rider of the Year
- Selected on the 2017 Arnage Warmblood Stud QLD State Young Rider Squad

- QLD Junior Young Rider of the Year
- Selected on the 2018 Arnage Warmblood Stud QLD State Young Rider Squad

- QLD Dressage Series Reserve Elementary Champion
- Debut competition at Medium level
- Selected on 2019 Arnage Warmblood Stud QLD State Young Rider Squad

Sadly, family circumstances saw Charlie having to sell all the horses; but I’m sure one day, we will see the wonderful Charlie Adamson back in the saddle.

North Carlos

Jaybee Angelina

Name: Marian Hutchings

Horses: North Carlos,
Jaybee Angelina
& Bianko

Marian started 2018 with a new horse, North Carlos. In a short time, they bonded and were achieving Marian’s personal best scores every time they went out, and winning many AAOR Elementary places, including the Caboolture AAOR Spectacular Elementary Championship title. Together, they also won a Dressage QLD Bronze Medal and a Masters Challenge Award in 2018. Tragically, we lost our beautiful Carlos to a strange auto-immune disorder in September 2018.

After much grief, we were lucky to have Champion Dressage mare, Jaybee Angelina (by Alabaster), come into Marian’s life. An FEI schoolmaster, Angie taught Marian much about collection, and together they achieved a 2019 Masters Challenge Medal.

In 2021, with some health issues to manage, Nicole encouraged Marian to consider a smaller horse; and beautiful Bianko was sourced through a very good friend in Germany, Viola Abrahams.

Bianko is a 13 year old German Riding Pony, standing 149cm and is just perfect for Marian. We look forward to watching this lovely partnership grow.

Name: Karin Gordon

Horse: Fidelia

Karin enjoyed another year of learning from her beatiful imported schoolmaster mare, Fidelia.

With a busy home life and a very busy athletic daughter, Ella, Karin loves her ‘down time’ and looks forward to every chance she gets to ride and train; soaking up the challenges that come with improving in the sport.

Deveron Nintendo


Name: Emma Weel

Horses: Nintendo & Bellaphina

Emma Weel was a student of mine as a child going to pony club, and returned to the saddle in 2018 as a mother of 2 daughters. 2018 was spent with Emma learning from FEI schoolmaster, Jazzaround (by Jazz); before spending a year with and learning from Australian Advanced Champion horse, Santiago.

Emma now has beautiful 5 year old German Riding Pony, Deveron Nintendo (aka Teddy), bred by Deveron Stud; and 10 year old Bellaphina, by Bellissimo.

Horses are a life changer for Emma, and she cannot get enough of riding. In a short time of competing, Emma has won many AAOR Elementary and Medium Championships, and achieved a Dressage QLD Bronze Medal and was a finalist for QLD Newcomer Rider of the Year in her first year back in the saddle. Emma also won 2019 Dressage Qld Owner of the Year and Santiago was Runner-up 2019 Rhonda Kath Memorial QLD Medium Horse of the Year.

We look forward to all the adventures with Nintendo and Bellaphina in 2021.

Name: Macada Roebig

Leadburn Rockin Rio & Vrai Amie

23 year old Macada worked at Nicole Tough Dressage Team, as stable manager, through 2018, and also began regular lessons. Whilst studying to be a vet at Gatton University, Macada was managing to keep her 2 dressage horses in work, and won  the 2019 APH True Seville Dressage QLD Groom of the Year award.

Tragically losing Rio in a paddock accident in early 2021, Macada resolved to push on with Vrai  Amie, her 9 year old mare (Regardez Moi/Aachimedes). Amie is a worker, who always gives 100% and tends to overthink everything. She certainly teaches Macada to be a patient and even better dressage trainer, and Macada loves the challenge.

Macada is a dedicated, humble and beautiful person, with many hidden talents, including photography and musical geniusy. Macada compiled Nicole and Ferragamo’s 2021 Intermediate Freestyle music for the Willinga Park Dressage by the Sea; for which Nicole won with the highest mark for music and interpretation of music.

Name: Madison Clarke

Horse: Fiesta

With Madison newly graduated from High School and beginning University, we found Fiesta in March 2019, and set about bringing her back into work after a year off.

Madison committed to the early goals, and was ready to compete at the Samford * in June. Together, they achieved Madison’s personal best scores, regularly scoring 70%.

Other 2019 results include:
  • State Youth Elementary Champion
  • QLD Dressage Series ** - Reserve Elementary Champion & Champion Young Rider
  • QLD State Championships - Elementary Young Rider Champion
  • 2019 Dressage QLD Bronze Medal
  • 2019 Wintercourt Elementary Young Rider of the Year
  • Selected on the 2020/21 Horseland Gold Coast Qld State Young Rider Squad


  • QLD State Elementary Young Rider Champion
  • QLD State Reserve Medium Champion
  • Retained on the Horseland Gold Coast Qld State Young Rider Squad


Alter Ego

Cardi B
Name: Zali Young

Alter Ego & Cardi B

12 year old Zali Young and her young warmblood, ‘Alter Ego’ have come so far in a short time, coming from the jumping arena to mastering a rounder frame and discovering a passion for dressage. Zali is a talented show jumper who sees the merit in training on the flat to develop her horse into a better athlete. With her new found skills, Zali entered some dressage competitions, and came 5th in the 2019 Australian Interschool Combined Training Championship. In 2020, Zali won the 2c in the Young Rider Division at the QLD State Dressage Championships.

In 2020, with the support of her mum, Zali took on a 2nd youngster, just broken 4 year old Cardi B, a Warmblood/Welsh Cob X, by Castlebrook Brenin Jude, out of a Lauries As mare. They have enjoyed a few protocol days and we look forward to starting him in the show ring in 2021.

Zali is proud to be a C4 Belts Ambassador.

Name: Kirsten McAree (nee Costello)

Horse: Remi Lone Ranger

After a roller coaster couple of years, Kirsten and hubby have moved into their new home, and is loving her working life at Horseland Strathpine, as a saddlefitter.

Kirsten and her young Hanoverian, Remi Lone Ranger (by Lauries As), have had a great year competing when they can, at Novice and Elementary level, winning Caboolture Dressage Group Elementary Champion and achieving a 2019 Dressage QLD Bronze Medal.

I look forward to helping Kirsten set new goals and work towards them in 2020.

Name: Kris Mac

Horse: Willow

Kris came to me early in 2018 wanting help to start her 5 year old, 14.1 hand, pony mare Willow, with the hope of starting Pony Dressage when they were ready. In 2019, Kris and Willow got to many dressage competitions, ticking off goals, and setting new ones each time. Together they achieved a 5th placing at the QLD State Dressage Championships; and we are looking forward to working towards novice level in 2020.

Name: Abby Weel

Horses: Buzz Lightyear

As Nicole’s youngest student, Abby Weel, is loving her Equestrian life, going to Pony Club and her first Interschool competition in 2020, on her Welsh Cob pony, Buzz Lightyear.

On her 10th birthday, she competed at her first EA Dressage event for 67% and 1st place in the Open Pony division.

Abby is excited to be a C4 Belts Ambassador.

Name: Sienna White

Chappy, Eddie, Bolero & Glencoe Caddie

I started with Sienna in late 2019, and with a super team of horses, including Welsh Cobs - Chappy and Eddie, Andalusian - Bolero, and new horse, Glencoe Caddie, I always wonder which horse is coming to the next lesson. But which ever pony/horse does come, Sienna works hard to keep developing her skills as a rider/trainer, and has goals for each and every one of them.


Kinnordy GL Rudy
Name: Brooke Flesser

Kinnordy GL Rudy

I was honoured to work with Brooke and her 8 year old warmblood mare, Madison, by Richmeed Medallion, for a year, where we made significant changes to the way of going, and turned Brooke from passenger to pilot, achieving many personal best scores along the way.

At the end of 2020, Madison went to a new home, and Brooke started a new journey on Kinnordy GL Rudy, by Riverdance. We look forward to summer training, and 2021 with new goals.

Brooke is a proud ambassador for C4 Belts Australia.

Name: Sophie Greatz

Horse: Zephyr

Sophie was one of the super grooms at NTDT for 18 months, and it was my pleasure to help Sophie with her Friesian/Paint cross, Zephyr. Purchased as a just broken 3 year old, Sophie embraced and enjoyed the challenge of training her own youngster from the start.

With dreams to one day compete, Sophie is a patient and dedicated trainer, and I hope to help her again in the future.

Name: Bec Thompson

Horse: Tuxedo

Bec is one of the super grooms at NTDT, and has her own OTT to transform into a Dressage horse. With big dreams and the dedication to match, Bec is determined to improve her skills and enjoy the training journey, with all its ups and downs.

Name: Tyler Buchanan (née Harris)

Horses: Revelwood Noble Dream & Northern Ridge Romantic Hero 

Tyler is a very successful show rider, who started training with me during the 2020 Corona Virus, with the intention of putting her toes in the Dressage arena.

Tyler is a primary school teacher, and together, with her farrier husband, Sam Buchanan, run Styles Equestrian, show horse stables in Logan Village. Tyler has lessons on 4 year old German Riding Pony, Noble Dream, owned by good friend, Angela Unsworth, and 4 year old Hero, a Riding Pony/Thoroughbred x, owned by Tyler and Sam.

Tyler and Noble Dream won Champion Newcomer large Galloway at the Show Horse Council Rising Star Show in his debut competition. We look forward to having Tyler and Sam join us at at the Dressage competitions in 2021.

Name: Charlee Hammel

Horse: Directors Cut

A new student from August 2020, working with Charlee and her talented, but insecure De Niro gelding, is a joy. Coming from a talented previous coach, adjusting to a few different methods can be a challenge so close to a big competition, but I’m so proud of Charlee for embracing the changes, and trying to implement them in competition.

Name: Emma Flesser

Horse: Jeffrey

A busy working mum of 3, Emma and her beautiful pony, Jeffrey, don’t get to lessons as often as they’d like, but helping Emma develop her skills is a joy. With aspirations of competing alongside her daughter, Brooke, we just have to convince Jeffrey that travelling with his equine friend, doesn’t mean he can do his own thing and be OCD about where said friend is, at the competition. Separation anxiety can be a bitch.

Name: Tilly Foster

Horse: Magic

I've been teaching 10 year old Tilly and her horse Magic, as often as they can get down here from Pine Mountain, for the past 18 months.

Tilly loves competing for her school, Ipswich Girls Grammar, on Magic, a 16 year old Welsh Cob D pony. Together, they have improved greatly this year, qualifying for the QLD State Interschool Championships in Dressage and Showing, placing 5th in the ridden Primary Show Class. I look forward to helping them achieve more goals in 2021.