Tess Novacek

My first riding lesson was at the age of 4, in Vancouver, Canada. My love of horses was then established, and I went on to do several years of Pony Club.
My family later moved to the Czech Republic. During this time I presented ponies bred at Zitna Stud, www.reitpony-zitna.com/  a German Riding Pony breeding farm to potential clients. My father was a very active member of drag hunting in Europe so I spent many weekends field hunting in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Hungary and England. I learned to adjust to a number of different types of horses very quickly; when a horse was provided for you there was no turning back.

My family moved back to Canada while I was in high school and I began competing in the jumper ring on the A circuit. After graduating I attended Olds College in Alberta, to complete a double major in Equine Business Management and English Horsemanship. In 2006 I represented Canada with the Olds Equestrian Team at the Intercollegiate Equestrian Cup in Philadelphia, placing 1st in the dressage component and 3rd in the theory exam. That summer I also completed my practicum with 2 time Canadian Olympic show jumper Jay Hayes. In 2007 I rode in the Intercollegiate World Equestrian Cup in Holland placing 6th in the show jumping component. In 2008 I graduated from Olds College with Honourable Mention. 

In 2009 I worked as a rider and did competitive rehabilitation for the horses owned by the Balisky family at Thunderbird Show Stable, www.thunderbirdshowstables.com , British Columbia's top hunter /jumper stable.

In 2010 I managed and rode for Christine Blackie's Dressage Stable where I focused on developing classically correct movement in young horses.

In 2011 I joined Kyle Timm at LC Horse Farm, www.lchorsefarm.co.nz ,New Zealand’s top show jumping stable, where I trained young horses and maintained show horses while Kyle worked for Pieter Kersten in the Netherlands.

In 2012 Kyle moved to Apex Equestrian Stable, www.apexequestrian.com in Apex North Carolina and I was asked to join him. While he was at Ocala, Florida, I conditioned horses to be sent to show, for sales and coached the beginner to A circuit students.

I recently moved to Rocky Mountain House and was thrilled to find such a nice facility to train out of. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and becoming part of the local and provincial equine community!

I am currently accepting horses and riders of all levels for training.

Please contact me for more information,

Nova Equestrian
Tess Novacek

(403) 418 7001