Above, the best staff on the planet! 🙂 From left to right, Bobby & me, Narel & Champs, Caroline & Star, Sue from the bush, & never forgetting all our empowered horse herds – each of us bringing a unique set of skills to help you unfold YOUR unique set of skills.
Before I talk about the ladies on staff, I want to talk about the other ” Us” – the extraordinarily diverse community that has built up around this way of being with horses. We have engineers and accountants, nurses and lawyers, computer programmers and teachers, business people of all sorts, stay at home mothers, people who are retired, we have people who work with alternative therapies, we have vets and feet trimmers and farriers – even a retired FBI profiler. We have people from 15 countries and just about every major religion, or no religion at all – and we work with all kinds of skill levels from World Champion to beginners who are learning to ride as older adults.
And every single one of us in this beautiful community contributes to the lovely energy around this way of being with horses and I am filled with gratitude for them.
I’ll give you ways to get in touch with each of these lovely ladies at the end of the page.
I’m smiling as I’m writing this. How to communicate about such a special team? I want to use words like “people who will teach you a horsemanship that satisfies your soul” and yet that makes me think of airy fairy ladies drifting around ineffectually and horses trampling all over them. And yet nothing could be further from the truth. We are SUCH a practical bunch with very effective results and we’ll still teach you a horsemanship that will satisfy your soul…
Caroline combines her qualifications and extensive training and skills as an Equine Behaviourist with the incredible gentleness that comes from a natural ability to see what is REALLY going on behind a problem or behavior, without blame or judgement and without making the horse or person wrong. The extraordinary gentleness of her Feel and the way she experiences her connection to others is something that I have particularly enjoyed watching in action.
She is a truly gifted, intuitive horsewoman who has come through her own personal crucible to bring that gentleness into incredible effectiveness for everyone that she works with.
Caroline lives in Portugal.
Narel is a down to earth mother of 4 who is an administrator for a chronic pain service – been around horses all her life. She combines a fabulous natural talent as an animal communicator, with shamanic healing and astrology. She adds these energetic gifts, talents, experiences and training to an incredibly clear intuition, a deep commitment to our approach to horsemanship and to empowering people and horses.
Because our time zones are the same, Narel is the one I’m most likely to work with myself, if I need support and OMGoodness she is talented!
Narel lives near the coast, not far from Nowra, in New South Wales in Australia.
Sue’s skill with a horse and ability to be deeply Present with them awes me. She has a dedicated focus on empowering horses, unleashing their exuberance and joy and “what’s in it for them”, with a sensitivity and ability to feel what your horse is feeling, even across long distances.
She’s a practical lady from the bush. In fact, we have about 6 Sue’s so we call this Sue, “Sue from the bush”. She worked cattle until a recent retirement to a small farm and even ended up doing the cattle work bridle-less, with her horse OZ shown here in the photo. I think he was about 28 years old then.
She’s ridden and camped out for weeks at a time with a group dedicated to keep the high country mountain trails open and is experienced in a wide range of horse skills, from packing a horse (including a chainsaw to take her turn to clear the tracks) working cattle and camping out with horses for long periods at a time.
Sue lives on a hill overlooking the coast in South Gippsland, which is in Victoria, Australia.
People are always surprised at my depth of Feel for them when I’m teaching, whether in person or from thousands of miles away, so that I know exactly how best to support them. It’s not complicated though – it’s the same “unique to each person” Feel that I teach people to get with their horses – the same Feel that turns ordinary people into world class horse people.
I can feel some people doubting that “world class” comment applies to them or even to some people they know and I’m smiling. That’s my talent. I’ve never met anyone I couldn’t teach Feel to – because I support people to discover their own natural talent. It’s trying to copy OTHER people that gets us into trouble and leads us to feel that we are not good enough.
I learned to ride as an adult and started out with so much stress and tension from my own fear and anxiety, that I had got to the stage where I needed to take two panadeine forte before I rode so that I could get out of the saddle afterwards. I shake my head now at what I was doing to myself and to my horse. Squashing that much fear down is sooo… damaging to our mind, body and spirit – and so incredibly unnecessary and it gets on the way of all that is so very beautiful with horses.
Breeding budgies was starting to look much safer than riding horses. (Budgies are a tiny Australian parrot.)
The story of my journey from that dark place is in my books and in a blog about “My Journey” here, so I won’t go through that again now.
I’m a grandmother now and taught natural horsemanship before discovering a different way of being with my VERY difficult horse, who at one time was bucking higher than my head. I’m a very widely trained alternative therapist (24 years of learning, about 20 different modalities and Master of 5) but I was taught this way of being and my two way communication skills, by a very special bunch of horses.
In my experience, horse training and health are intricately entwined – all good “training” does, in its essence, work on a level that improves the overall well-being and even the health of both horse and human.
I live in a tiny place called Rokeby, just outside of Warragul, which is in Victoria, Australia.
Our Team again
I’m having a chuckle here again as I summarize. I want to use words like “empowering people and horses to connect deeply” and “the wonderful opportunities for transformational change that open up from this kind of work with horses” and yet those words don’t describe the practicalities of being able to gently solve all kinds of problems and being a better rider, with a seriously brilliant riding seat and lovely hands and the Feel of a world class horse person – all of which happens at the same time.
I guess that sums us up – that’s our team AND our community – deep and meaningful and practical all at the same time…
Thinking of working with us? Check out the Training page for the online programs here.
Or if you’re looking for one on one private help, you can find out more about what each individual staff member can do for you here.