Nancy's love of horses started at an early age, but she didn't find herself in the saddle until she was 15 years old. It was love at first click though, and within three months of her first riding lesson she had been bitten by the bug and attended her very first Novice show.
Since this first fortuitous event, Nancy went on to progress rapidly and has competed throughout Calgary over the years at several prestigious venues such as Spruce Meadows and Rocky Mountain Show Jumping up to 1.10m.
Whilst competing and making a name for herself, she found a passion for instruction and helping young riders reach their goals. This grew as she built her riding career, and she has been teaching and coaching in the hunter and jumper disciplines since 2004.
This led her to found Bielecki Equestrian in 2014 and through this wonderful venture Nancy built a strong and versatile riding school, with solid equitation and training principles that set her riders and horses apart from the rest.
She gained her Equine Canada qualifications in 2015 and the business, horses and students all benefited from her improved knowledge and skill set as well as her nationally recognised standing.
Vicky has been riding since she was four years old, and was honoured to represent her native country South Africa as a junior rider in 2005 in Dressage and Show jumping in Victoria Australia, in the Australia V.S. South Africa challenge cup.
After high school Vicky moved from South Africa to England to pursue a degree in Computing and Animation, but once that was complete her yearning for a job in the equestrian industry had not subsided.
She then gained a Master's degree in Equine Science while obtaining her British Horse Society Stage Qualifications, and went on to lecture in both the equine and animal disciplines at Hartpury Equine College and and Warwickshire College at university level, with her specialist areas being both Equine Biomechanics and Applied Equine Management.
After some time, her passion for teaching riding outside of the classroom took over and she began to teach both freelance and as a regular instructor at the Warwick International School of Riding. During this time she published many equine articles and texts, the most notable of which being a chapter in the book Training for Equestrian Performance edited by Jane Williams and David Evans.
In January of 2016 Vicky moved to Calgary to be with her long distance husband of several years, and gained her EC Competition Coach qualification in early 2017.
In the spring of 2016 Nancy and Vicky joined forces and subsequently opened SugarTide Equestrian, named for each of their favorite horses, Sugarland and RC Riptide.
As instructors Nancy and Vicky both strive to infuse the perfect balance of horse management with riding skill, and aim to offer a well-rounded and versatile package that concentrates on the harmony between horse and rider both on the ground and in the saddle while providing a unique 'own horse' feel. Their students and horses currently show successfully in both the Hunter and Jumper disciplines at Novice and Intermediate levels at multiple venues across Calgary, and the wonderful barn family atmosphere experienced during lessons, camps and events is always second to none.