I have been around horses since I was three years old, and had my first official riding lesson at 6. Much to my parent’s dismay, I was pony-obsessed from then on.
When I was 16, I had dreams of working in a racing stable and becoming a jockey, so I applied and was accepted onto the British Racing School course in 1992. After which I was apprenticed to trainers in the UK, Germany and North America.
I took a break from racing in 2005 to gain further qualifications and after moving to Australia in 2009, I returned to the horse racing industry as a trackwork rider.
It was great to be around horses again, but I found myself wanting to do more than just ride, I wanted to find out more about how to help these amazing horses. So I began looking into various equine therapies, to find out what would resonate with me.
It was in 2010 that I attended Equitana in Melbourne (with a view to visiting some of the demonstrations of equine therapies on offer there) that I came across Equine CranioSacral Therapy and Maureen Rogers. I was immediately interested in this form of therapy and travelled to the UK to complete 3 courses under Maureen’s tutelage. Upon returning to Australia, I completed a fourth course in 2011. I was also fortunate enough to be able to assist on Maureen’s courses as well that were run during return visits to the UK in 2012, and then again in Australia in 2013.
A huge part of Equine CranioSacral therapy is having a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the horse. My continuing development has involved attending regular equine dissections in Australia (led by Sharon May Davis) and in the UK (led by Gillian Higgins) as well as studying with the highly reputed Equinology Inc founded and run by Debranne Pattillo.
In 2013 I was introduced to Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy (as a patient), which is quite widely practiced in Melbourne by Osteopaths (Biodynamic Osteopathy).
This type of Craniosacral therapy grabbed my interest, especially the study of embryology which is a huge part of this modality.
After much searching and enquiry, I found myself in London in 2015 , attending an introductory weekend workshop on Craniosacral Biodynamics hosted by Michael Kern head of the Craniosacral Trust. It completely resonated with me, and I was then determined to apply for the 2 year practitioner training commencing in October 2017. So this is my journey so far, I am in my final few months of the training, which has been such a fantastic experience!
The study and practice of Craniosacral work, as with anything, is ongoing, and I love the journey that I am on with this modality.
I feel as though I am always at the beginning, and time and again I am left in complete awe and reverence by the profound effects that this work can have, be it with human or Horse.