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About Nicole Tough

  • Accredited Level 2 Dressage Specialist Coach
  • Currently completing Level 3 High Performance
  • Level A National Grand Prix and Young Horse Judge
  • Judge Educator
  • Highly successful and current Dressage competitor
  • BA and Grad Dip. Education

Nicole has trained 10 horses to FEI level, achieved 9 Australian titles, has over 30 State Championship titles to her credit, and has held 35 spots on State and National Squads since 1994.  She has been awarded Equestrian QLD Coach of the Year, Sports Star of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.  Nicole has helped many of her students train their horses from the breaking in stage through to FEI level, with many on State and National Squads and onto International representation.  Nicole loves coaching, making a difference to riders and their horses.


Upon leaving school in 1989, Nicole went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Education, but chose to work within the Equine industry as a Dressage coach and trainer. In  addition, Nicole taught Equine Studies at Somerset College from 1999 to 2009.

Nicole is situated in the Gold Coast hinterland where she offers full livery agistment, private dressage coaching, dressage training and specialised "boot camps".

Nicole's goals are always to keep learning from the horses and trainers that come her way, to guide each horse to be the best athlete they can be, to keep promoting the wonderful discipline of dressage through her social media and to complete her Level 3 High Performance Coaching Accreditation, and maybe write a book!

Nicole's advice to riders is to - "Love your horse and your sport, and  find a coach willing to help you achieve your goals; and to practise until you can't get it wrong".

Nicole was recently elected to be Equestrian Gold Coast Club (EGCC) based in Southport. Here is Nicole  with EGCC judge co-ordinator Marian Hutchings and an interschool winner, Alli Reinke.

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