Horse whisperer, Tui Teka, graces Wanaka

Tui Teka at Grace Farms.

The newly established equestrian centre on the outskirts of town, Grace Farms, is currently hosting Tui Teka Better Horsemanship clinics. Grace Farms is a stunning new facility that has been established by expat Americans who now reside in Wanaka, Mike and Rhoda Mountz, a few minutes past Lavender Farm on the Wanaka-Luggate Highway.

In what has to be the most stunning horse paddocks on the globe, Tui Teka (grandson of legendary performer, Prince Tui Teka) is offering horsemanship clinics--lessons in understanding and communicating in the language of a horse.

Rachel Thomas, Grace Farms manager, says the clinics are designed for riders of all ages to communicate with their horses and have proven hugely popular, with all the group clinics and private lessons booked out. Tui Teka is so popular that “people just want to keep coming back,” she said. “It’s an unmissable opportunity to have Tui share his knowledge and experience.”

Tui Teka says, “horses were a way of life for me as a kid from Tokomaru, north of Gisborne. It wasn’t recreational, artificial or competitive… for me growing up it was a way of life. I rode to school on horseback. All our mates would just go diving and take our horses with us. And it’s been a passion from an early age.”

Tui Teka Better Horsemanship offers two clinics: ‘Awakening’ which establishes body control from the ground up and gains the horse’s trust, then transfers the energy from the rider through to the horse. The second clinic is ‘Fusion’, which fuses the horse’s different zones to the rider’s body in a responsive and positive manner.

“It’s a passion,” said Tui Teka. “I always have a feeling, and learn how the horses learn, so then I can teach people how horses feel. It’s about getting people to engage. Horses are easier than people—that’s for sure.”

Tui Teka said that Wanaka is a great place to teach because it’s a horse-riding community with kids learning to ride from a young age.

Whilst all the clinics are now booked out, Grace Farms looks forward to hosting Tui Teka again in the future.


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