Nicole Tough


Nicole Tough



Current Horses:

Furst Tyme, Borsato, Remi Five Star

What are your top 5 best performances?

  • 2011 Australian Medium Champion
  • 2012 Australian Intermediate Champion
  • 2014 Winner 5 National Performance Gold Medals
  • 2012 Equestrian QLD Sports Star of the Year
  • 2014 Australian Advanced Freestyle Champion

Who has had the biggest influence on your career to date?

Traci Manca, Leoni Bramall, Annemeike Vincourt

Was it always your plan to work with horses professionally?

Trained to teach high school English and History.

What made you choose your current discipline?

It chose me :-)

What qualities do you look for when choosing a new horse?

  • Conformation
  • Mechanics ie: the way it uses its body
  • Work Ethic/Trainability

What is your favourite training exercise?

Transitions are perfect training opportunities and leg yielding.

What gets you out of bed every morning?

Horses to feed and train and the joy of facing a new day.

How do you deal with the lows of the sport?

Accept what you can’t change and remember its how you get back up that counts.

Your most embarrassing career moment?

2002 Australian Dressage Champs – at the entry halt, my horse spread itself for a monumental pee!

What would your advice be to an aspiring professional?

Find a coach who will help you set and achieve your goals, and practise till it can’t go wrong.

What do you like about Proteq?

The dust suppressant factor, quality control, packaging and cost factors.

What would you say to anyone hesitating to make the change over to Proteq?

Give it a try and the product will speak for itself.

Ultimate goal?

To take happy athletes to the Grand Prix level; and all going well, National Selection.


Meet some of our other sponsored riders

Mattea Davidson

Shane Davidson

Kate Elliot

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