Specialist equine real estate now a reality Harcourts Canterbury’s top rural lifestyle sales duo have combined their horsemanship and acumen in an exciting new arena – Canterbury Equestrian Property. Richard and Sue Woerlee, who work, reside, and ride in North Canterbury, have been one of the top sales teams at Harcourts Four Seasons Realty for three successive years. And, they say they will continue to press forward with their busy lifestyle property sales. However, the launch of Canterbury Equestrian Property is a deliberate move to use their local knowledge and equestrian connections to bring a specialist focus to the escalating equine property market in the North Canterbury/ Waimakariri region. 'We know what it was like trying to find the right property for the horses as well as a family, because we faced it ourselves when we moved here in 2006,” Richard says. “And, while we have been working with equine customers for quite some time within our lifestyle business, we both felt it was time to formally address the demand,” Sue says. “Because we have been getting significant inquiry every week for properties with equine facilities, or properties which are ideal for adding equine facilities.” Dedicated equine website A dedicated website and Facebook page – Canterbury Equestrian Property – has been established, and its predominantly social media presence will be supported by print advertising. Sue, who is an accomplished dressage rider, said North Canterbury and the Waimakariri offers plenty of exceptional solutions for keen riders looking to settle. “I think a lot of other people are moving into the area, because many other areas have become unsuitable for riding as they’ve become so busy, or there are more and more developments,” Sue said. “We now have excellent and diverse equine facilities in North Canterbury. And, there has also been an increase of great coaches coming to the region, competitions, and plenty of places to ride and to train. “You can still ride on the beach in North Canterbury and there are plenty of trails that are more than horse-friendly – they are dedicated to horse riding.” Knowledge and lateral thinking Richard says their combined connections within the equine community means they often bring an understanding and fresh thinking to a property search or sale. “It’s worth noting that there are lifestyle properties that lend themselves to being equestrian, even if they’ve never had a horse on them,” Richard said. “Or, we may know that the next door neighbour may have an arena, or an area they can hack out on. So, we can use our knowledge to create a solution which is not always immediately obvious to our clients.” Riding on solutions And, there is nothing this couple likes more than finding solutions. They were notably the sales team trusted to sell Carolyn Todd’s historic homestead at Fernside. The 60-acre Hillcrest property was sold on behalf of the wife of the eight-time Olympian three-day event rider and two-time Gold Medallist, Sir Mark Todd. They are also equally motivated marketing properties at the entry level from around $500,000. “We have a number of clients who have bought properties with potential, and they’ve gone on to develop and add arenas, stables, and barns when they have been ready to do so,” Sue said. Riding the wave of exceptional results, Sue said they felt it was important that the equine industry finally had a “go-to” specialist property team to talk to. “Ultimately, we know there is a difference between having a pony in the paddock, or working and training competition or race horses. “And, we are always happy to share our knowledge about local clubs, great spots to ride, and the horse-related services in the area,' Sue said. Harcourts Four Seasons have offices in Hornby, Rolleston, Lincoln, Kaiapoi, Hanmer, Belfast, The Palms and Rangiora. Canterbury Equestrian Property will be developed throughout the year to also showcase equestrian properties from all of those offices. For Further Information: Contact us now if you have a property that you would like listed for sale on the “Canterbury Equestrian Property” website, and Facebook page. Sue Woerlee: 021 867 541.