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 ~ Camille Nelson ~
Equine ConTact C.A.R.E Director


Camille has had several small opinion articles published in The Horse Magazine- Australia and Western Horseman-USA as well as local newspapers and horse publications in Australia, during the late 1990's. Her writing interest led to obtaining a Copy Editing and Proof-reading qualification in 2006. 

In 2008, Camille started a riding school called ‘Hooves In Motion’ in the Nelson & Bays region of New Zealand, her emphasis was on balanced riding and horsemanship to form a better understanding and communication with the horse, regardless of the equine discipline.

Camille has a passion for horses, which has given her over 30 years experience in the horse industry. Engaging in most horse related pursuits from Pony Club as a young girl, to competing in Eventing and Dressage as well as the Western disciplines of Reining, Western Pleasure and Cutting. 

Travelling and Competing internationally in England, Australia and the USA.

Camille obtained an E.A.- Level 1 coaching qualification and regularly taught horse riding to clients of the training facilities she worked at.

After getting tired of competition life, Camille decided to come to New Zealand as an Operations Manager for a multi-day horse trekking company in the South Island High Country. Discovering a new passion for trekking and travelling long distances with the horse. This led her to ride 600 km on her own horse trek from Cooktown to Gunnawarra in Australia’s Far North tropics.

Camille has completed a diploma of Equine Studies in Australia and a Equine Management diploma in New Zealand. With her studies and life with horses, Camille was able to extensively study the behaviour of horses. This gave her an excellent insight into the horse’s nature and herd dynamics, leading her to develop her own teachings of Balanced Riding and Natural Pathways to Collection.

   When one of the riding school horses started refusing to do the work, Camille looked to what was the cause and employed the services of Scott Baker, a ConTact C.A.R.E Flinchlock Release practitioner in the area. After the excellent results using ConTact C.A.R.E with her horses, Camille decided to do an Equine Foundation Course being held in the area.

The parallels between ConTact C.A.R.E and Camille's own research and pathways work was uncanny, and the ConTact C.A.R.E principles and techniques came very naturally for her. 

Having now been a qualified practitioner for over 10 years and a Senior Advanced Practitioner for 6 years, 2015 saw Camille take on the role of expanding the Equine side of ConTact C.A.R.E, to become the Equine Director for the Equine ConTact C.A.R.E Practitioner training program. 

Teaching both Human and Equine courses at Foundation and Practitioner level. Camille regularly travels to different parts of the country to teach, practice, and inspire students on their journey of ConTact C.A.R.E. Camille enjoys the challenge facilitating courses brings, she is passionately dedicated to ConTact C.A.R.E and its presence in the global community.

At the start of 2016, being familiar with the publishing world Camille approached good friend and Founder of ConTact C.A.R.E Dale Speedy, to offer her services as a copy editor of his first book ‘The Nature Of ConTact C.A.R.E’ released in March 2017. Camille has several experiences with clients interwoven throughout the book, and a special acknowledgement of her work in editing and producing it.


Camille enjoys working with a vast array of clients either at The 560 Studio or travelling around the local area for horses, as well as meeting students from all walks of life on her travels around the New Zealand.


Enjoying the outdoors, Camille has a closeness to all animals and nature. Her positive teaching approach is enjoyed by both her students, clients and their horses. Camille resides in the Nelson Bays area at Epona her picturesque property and training facility, practicing ConTact C.A.R.E, and is a mother to two bright and talented daughters. 

My motto is: 

Accept what is...NOW, see the good.

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