When we purchased Amira at the age of five months, the breaking services of Andrea were discussed with us, Andrea was highly recommended and the chosen breaker, by our breeder Martina Kovacs of Sterntaler Equestrian Services. It was at that time we decided Amira would be booked in with Andrea to be broken in.
Andrea has been providing breaking and training services in the Hunter area for just over 10 years, prior to that she was breaking and training in Sydney, together with doing track work. Andrea said it perfectly when she said “every horse presents differently, there is no one rule that fits every horse, you have a general plan and an end result, however the path to get the result is different for each horse, the process is very individual”. Andrea currently offers breaking and training services at Equine Affinity at Martins Creek NSW and Val D’Argent at Rothbury NSW.
Our breaking journey began on 2 November 2017, with Amira going to Andrea’s. We found one of the most difficult things to overcome was that of trust, trusting the care and control of our beautiful girl with another, when we had seen her and tended to her daily. Due to an injury, Amira was agisted with our Thoroughbred Bailey, an upside to the injury was the extensive handling she has had in particular over the past twelve months. It did not take long for Andrea to earn our trust, she was accommodating with our visits, detailing that we were welcome to visit at anytime, and we often did, Amira was always well cared for and looked after and appeared to settle in at Andrea’s quite quickly. By 10 November 2017 Andrea had a saddle on Amira and she was riding her in the round yard by 20 November 2017, with her first venture out of the round yard into the big wide world of the paddock by 27 November 2017. Tahliea had her first sit / walk on Amira on 15 December 2017, only six weeks into the breaking in process…amazing! I observed the relationship between Andrea and Amira on this day, I am not sure what it was about this particular day, but Andrea had earned Amira’s full trust, I could see her look towards Andrea for guidance and reassurance, not only did it pull at the heart strings just a little, but it was truly magical to watch the bond that had developed between the two of them. The environment at Andrea’s was in my mind, very conducive to the cause, it was a busy home environment, children, dogs, animals, other horses, quad bikes, noises, visible traffic, the sounds of a passing train and a distant quarry, all helped Amira’s progression to the wonderful horse she is today. She does not shy at anything, she is very chilled and relaxed, taking everything in her stride.
Andrea continued to work with Amira, until the Christmas and New Year period, at which time Amira had a few weeks off. Slipping back into training with ease, Amira progressed as expected and she was home on 26 January 2017. Amira has continued to go from strength to strength, she has such and an amazing temperament, with a lovely extended trot, in many aspects Amira appears to be quite gifted in the dressage movement. Amira continues to be ridden six days per week at the moment, under the guidance and instruction of Martina Kovacs of Sterntaler Equestrian Services, and honestly we could not be happier with her progress to date. Just on three weeks ago, we decided we would buy another of Martina’s warmblood foals, Zeke was born on 15 January 2018, and I have already spoken to Andrea in relation to his breaking and training in three years.
We could not speak highly enough of the breaking services provided by Andrea Kacirek of Equine Affinity, if you have a horse due to be broken in, you could not go past Andrea.
Andrea can be contacted via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/andrea.kacirek or https://www.facebook.com/Equine-Affinity-36245453715/