I have worked with children for the last twenty years, from pre-school to secondary schools. In 2005 I qualified as a primary school teacher. It was during this time that I began to see the familiar pattern of children moving up to secondary school without the necessary skills to thrive. Fortunately for me, the local secondary recognised this and created a teaching position for me, to teach the lower attaining students. However, it became apparent, that even continuing with primary teaching ways, that some of the children were unable to learn in the classroom environment. This led me to research different ways and I fell upon Equine Assisted Learning. Horses have always been a part of my life and I am now delighted to be able to use my teaching skills and horses to support learners in an alternative way of learning.
I am responsible for the administration and marketing for EAQ Manor Farm. My background has been in a variety of roles in industry; the latest of which was in a sales role for a global engineering company.
Since leaving industry some five years ago, I have held several different jobs; one of which was supporting children with special educational needs in a local junior school. It became clear to me very quickly that the children I worked with each had their own specific learning requirements – a lot of which simply could not be met whilst being in a full-time classroom.
The equine assisted learning and outdoor environment which we provide here at EAQ Manor Farm offers our learners (and their families) some respite from day-to-day life to allow them to process, consider and re-charge in a non-judgemental environment – either in a structured session with our horses or by simply exploring the many wonderful outdoor resources which we have available.
I have been around horses for most of my life, and growing up in the local area has given me knowledge of the farm, village and local area. I volunteered with another organisation in the same field of work, and from that, took a job in the role of session leader. I took great pride in working with the young people and horses. I have been working in this field for four and an half years, and am now looking forward to taking the next step in equine assisted learning at EAQ Manor Farm. I am undergoing my training with EAQ as a facilitator, and I hope to have this completed soon. As a farmer’s daughter, and having grown up on the farm, I have always had a keen interest in animals and farming. My keen interest in horses led me to complete my level 3 apprenticeship in horse care. Alongside this, I also have spent 3 years studying fine art, and hope to incorporate my other interests into my work at Manor Farm.