REINEMIN Canine & Equine Services



Reinemin (Riding School) was initially established by myself, Alison Marett (nee Collins) in February 2004

'Reinemin' was a word conjured up by my mother Joan, who is an avid word puzzle solver. Rein-Them-In (without the Th) became (Rein'em in)

(Reinemin riding school as such has now closed and lesson are given to private clients only or organised groups only)


I have always had dogs in my life, initially training our family pets and dabbling in a little non competitive obediance and agility, then later at Haupouri Station learning about the training for farm/working dogs. During the past  9 years I have had increasing involvement with dog training and behaviour issues. I have my own team of competitive dogs, and am a NZKC Accredited breeder of Staffordshire Bull Terriers owning the kennel prefix Takoda. I do a combination of breed showing, agility, rally-O and canine good citizen with them. I was previously a trainer in the domestic obediance classes at Napier Dog Training Club and now at Rotorua dog obedience club where I take the advanced classes for Canine Good Citizen (silver & Gold level).  Privately, I run puppy pre school and pet dog training classes for owners who want to know how to deal with the annoying every day issues that some canine companions present to them. I am also available for one on one dog training in your home environment for specific behaviour issues which my not be suited to training in a group situation. See the Canine Services page for more info or email me at

I also own K9 Kits making initially dogs coats, Crate Covers and Crate Mats and now adding Cozy Collars . K9 Kits actaully has its own website, to see this click on the link here k9kits website .

I regularly attend courses and seminars to keep up with recent improvements in training methods and research. Please always feel free to ask questions

I am also a NZ registered Microchip Implanter and DNA swab collection agent for Orivet Laboratories.

My other interests involve the outdoors and spending time with my family. I am a qualified Open Water Diver and have competed in duathlons and cycle racing (although a crash in the 50km Tour of the Bay October 2010 has lessened my enthusiasm a little!). However after completing the 20km event in 2011 with no incident its looking like cycling may move back in the weekly diary.


Up until the middle of 2012 I had lived in HB all my life and started my equestrain education as a member and competitior at Puketapu Pony Club soon taking on instructional rolls and later becoming treasurer and head instructor. I gained my 'B' certificate then turned my concentration to horse trails and instructing. After beginning a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at EIT I was offered work in the racing industry which was an opportunity I could not turn down so the degree was dumped and the early mornings started!

From here there was no looking back. A couple of years later I was again offered work I could not resist and NZ Performance Horses became my passion. Working on the large Haupouri Station owned by Warwick and Juliet Hanson I learnt enormous amounts about large breeding studs, starting & early training and showjumping of course. My mentors became Craig Dunderdale and Sue Thompsen and workmates Julie and Fiona. Daily we worked and maintained up to 20 horses and the resident stallion Le Roux. Weekends we would travel NZ to showjumping events sometimes taking a full truck of 12 horses. Many of the horses produced were destined for the American Market.

I always missed the teaching side of this work and even though I was still competing and training my own horses, after a few years I was keen to get back to an instructional capacity.

A chance meeting with the Britton family in Napier brought about the development of Redwood Park Riding School in early 1998. Now known as 'The Stables', Redwood Park replaced an Orchid Nursery in Waverley Road, Meeanee and became a busy and popular

Riding School. I managed Redwood Park until late 2003 when the Britton family decided to step back from the very public lifestyle of living on the property and ultimately sold up, eventually moving to Florida, USA.

 With the closure of Redwood Park I had a huge client base and no land to teach on... it is with enormous gratitude that I now mention the Towler family who stepped in to offer me not only grazing but also the much needed teaching space. By early 2004 I had my horses paddocked and was on the lookout for new school ponies and in that February Reinemin Riding School was up and running and I had a waiting list that I could not keep up with! For the next 7 years I continued to work from the Towlers property working alongside 'The Stables' which also became a riding school for a few years..

Although I spent a good 20 years competing in equestrain disciplines from show ring and dressage to show jumping and my main passion of horse trails (eventing), injuries  incurred back in 2008 have since made regular riding difficult so I turned my competitive nature toward canine sport and I have now ultimately 'gone to the dogs' !!

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  • "Alison is the reason I am competing at Novice horse trial level, helping with my confidence to jump 1.20. She is a great all round coach too, improving my dressage immensely. ..."
    Nyrene Mills
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  • "I love my lessons with Alison - she's a great teacher and very patient!! The horses I get to ride are all wonderful and each one teaches me something new. Thanks Ali for making..."
    Sue Ashmore

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