I was born in Switzerland and horses have been my passion since a very young age. I used to spend every second I had around horses and animals.
I started having riding lessons when I was seven.
I enjoyed my lessons but felt they were too repetitive and the horses did not enjoy their “job”.
All I ever wanted was to build a relationship with horses like Alec and his Black Stallion had.
People used to tell me that such things do not exists, and were just dreams, but I never stop believing.
I always tried to convince my parents to buy me a horse. It would not have mattered if the horse was big, small, old or young, brown or black or even a donkey. All I wanted was to have a best friend and spend all my time with this majestically animal. Even though I never got my “own” horse, I was very fortunate to have had the chance to ride many different horses and learn from them.
When I was 14 years old I past my Brevet, equivalent to the BHS stage 1.
I have always wanted to work in the horse industry but I was concerned that I would lose that passion I had for horses, due to horses becoming a “job” rather than just enjoying and having fun with the horses.
When I was 15years old I saw a Natural Horsemanship demonstration. I knew I had finally found what I had been looking for and felt I had found the way how I could be with and help horses- because Natural Horsemanship is a way of being not just doing.
In 2009, at the age of 16, I spent 9 months in the UK to learn English. This is when I met George, a 5 year old stunning horse who was very playful and naughty.
Prior to my time in the UK I had started to follow the Parelli program. Which enabled me to follow a pathway and help me become the person I had to be for George. Even though this may sound like a perfect story, the journey was not easy but it taught me much.
I followed the Parelli program intensively and decided to become a Professional.
In 2015 I spent 4 weeks in Switzerland attending the Foundation of Horsemanship course with Carmen Zulauf, which I passed with a very high mark. I passed my Level 4 in 2016 and then spent 10 weeks with Pat Parelli in Colorado, United States, taking part in his mastery program.
It wasn't perhaps the time with Pat, that made my experience unforgettable and valuable but the people I met during my time there. I had the chance to learn from great horsemen and to observe them whilst they were interacting with horses and students. They did not only teach me about horsemanship but also about professionalism, teaching, values and new perspectives.
Yet my path has led my away from the program.
I learnt an important lesson - to always listen to your instinct and heart. Just because a path is right at that this moment in time, it does not mean it will be so in a day, weeks or years.
This experience has shaped much of my horsemanship, personal development and it has helped me to be where I am now.
Since then I have also completed a HND in Equine Behaviour, Rehabilitation and Welfare.
Over the years I have had the chance to start young horses, develop their foundation, help horses that had difficulties understanding the human world e.g. trailer loading, and help humans understand their horses and continue developing their horsemanship skills. Every time I get to coach a horse, through something he believes to be impossible, it is truly inspiring and touching to see the horse gaining trust and confidence and achieving the impossible.
In 2017 I started to study in areas of Human Development, Psychology and Counselling. In 2018 I began my journey as an Equine Facilitated Human Development (EFHD) facilitator at IFEEL. Equine Facilitated work has been something that I have been passionate about for many years, as I personally know the positive impact horses can have on humans. It has been a dream come true to have qualified as a facilitator in this field.
I continue my journey of never-ending self improvement.
I look forward to all the horses and humans that I will get to meet on my journey.
Qualifications & Achievements:
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic), Chichester Counselling Services
Prevent COVID-19 (Virtual College)
Certificate in Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse Training Programme (NAPAC)
L2 Certificate In Understanding Autism
How to work effectively with troubled and troublesome Teenagers (CPD)
Level 5 Certificate in Equine Facilitated Human Development
L3 Child Behaviour (CPD)
L2 Certificate in Understanding Children & Young People's Mental Health
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Theory & Skills
HND in Equine Behaviour, Rehabilitation and Welfare
L2 First Aid at Work
L2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
L3 Award in Education and Training
L3 BTEC Diploma in Business
Award in Leadership and Team Skills
City and Guilds in Natural Horsemanship
Memberships of Professional Bodies:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Membership number 00954631