Tauranga local Michelle Lake has grown up with horses, and for the past 18 years worked towards fulfilling her dream by establishing Horse Haven Riding Academy.
As well as breeding and training horses, she teaches children to ride and care for the horses on a property at Te Puna.
But plans to build a new highway right through the heart of Horse Haven means Michelle has to relocate in order to continue.
"Earthmoving has already started with soil compaction tests and they advise us that construction may start in September 2018, so we need to find a new property to lease as soon as possible,” says Michelle who currently has 24 horses and ponies.
“I’ve been looking for some time, working with land agents and others but so far haven’t found anything suitable. It took a great amount of time to build and train a team of horses for the school that work together so well and are good with the children,” says Michelle.
Michelle is a well-known horse trainer in Tauranga and the property currently occupied by the Horse Haven Riding Academy runs from Wairoa Road right through to SH2 at Clark’s Hill just north of Bethlehem. Michelle has lost count of the many horses and riders that have come to her for training over the years.
Michelle’s ideal lease property would be 10-12 hectares (25 to 30 acres) of flat to rolling, well-fenced land with good water supply, close to Tauranga, so she can continue to breed ponies and help children and adults learn to ride and find the joy that horses can bring.
“It would be wonderful if it had buildings which could be used for a tack room and horse stalls, and also had a house we could rent,” says Michelle.
Michelle and her husband, Ekel, are keen to hear from anyone who has a suitable property for long-term lease and can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org