From a very young age Joanne has always had a love of horses. This joy of horses flourished when she started riding at a young age and then again in her twenties after a long break from being in the saddle. When Joanne emigrated to Australia in 2006 and settled in Mudgeeraba, her wish came true and she purchased her very own horse. This horse was Spike, a handsome but cheeky thoroughbred who turned out to have many lessons to teach Joanne.
Thanks to Spike’s testing nature Joanne discovered natural horsemanship and has never looked back. This new approach to horses brought Joanne even closer to them and she discovered a true connection that she never thought possible. Spike took Joanne on a remarkable journey of self discovery and learning and was part of her family for 10 years until through health issues, he had to be euthanized.
Around this same time, Joanne started a course with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute (EPI) and in August 2019 became an accredited Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) practitioner. Many changes have now been completed at Joanne’s place so that her dream of helping others and being with horses can come to fruition.
Prior to her emigration, Joanne completed a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree and once settled in Australia, she then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching, where she has been teaching students with disabilities for the last ten years, working with a wide range of disabilities and individual student needs. Joanne is also a trained practitioner of the Peaceful Kids program, facilitating the sessions within her school environment.
Joanne’s commitment and enthusiasm, as well as her passion for horses, teaching and helping others will ensure that you can also start out on your very own venture of self discovery.