Mandy is the
owner of Stables on the Park. She owned her first pony at the age
of four and later during her school holidays, she worked for George
Cook, a breeder of small horses. Going to England at the age of
eighteen, she groomed polo ponies for Colonel Harper of Cowdrey
Park, at Midhurst in Sussex, the home of polo.
At twenty, Mandy
had a live-in position in France exercising hunters and upon returning
to New Zealand, she became a member of the Kapiti Riding Club and
hunted with the Manawatu Hunt Club. She gained her Community Coach
Certificate and founded the Golf Cottage Stables at Paraparaumu
The lure of
a large park and the beauty of the beach convinced Mandy to relocate
her riding establishment to the 'Old Barn' near MacKay's Crossing
in Queen Elizabeth Park and she renamed the business, 'Stables on
In 2006, Mandy
established the Te Horo Equestrian Centre to cater for those wishing
to improve their riding abilities. The centre provides lessons from
beginners to those wanting coaching in dressage and jumping, utilising
the centre's full sized arena.
from a family that has been involved with horses for a long time.
Her great-grandfather ploughed his farms with teams of horses and
her grand-father was a vet with the British Calalry in France during
the first world war. Mandy's mother has ridden all her life, thus
ensuring the love of horses is in her daughter's blood.