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Last updated: 11/22/2017
Ms. Mary Trafford
Level III Instructor -- Instructor Groups: Level III Group
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916 Route 105
J9B 1P3  Canada
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819-827-2892 (Phone)
613-220-7915 (Mobile)
Sue Owen
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  Canadian Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI - lapsed)
  Dressage (Intro, Training), Hunt Seat (Flat and Low Fences), Recreational (Intermediate), Therapeutic (Advanced)
  Writing, Editing (Public Relations)
B.A. (Fine Art/English) - University of Guelph
B.Sc. (Art as Applied to Medicine) - University of Toronto
B.A. (Women's Studies) - University of Ottawa
Canadian Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI - lapsed)
Centered Ridiing Instructor since 1986 - Level III since 2004
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I serve on Centered Riding Inc. committees and edit the Centered Riding News.
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Hello and welcome to my profile on the Centered Riding website!

I first trained as a Centered Riding instructor in 1986, at an instructors’ clinic taught by Sally Swift, founder of Centered Riding. In 2004, I qualified as a Level III Centered Riding Instructor.

Since 1969, I have taught riding to both able-bodied riders and riders with disabilities. As a youngster, I was active in my local branch of the Canadian Pony Club. Over the years, I have coached riders at the most basic levels, as well as those actively showing and competing in the dressage and hunter disciplines.

Specializing in teaching nervous or beginner riders, persons with a disability and those recovering from injury/illness, I emphasize safety first! (wear your helmets, please!), and the comfort and happiness of horse and rider. I bring a strong background in correct riding theory, teaching and horse-training techniques. I believe in this simple formula: happy rider = happy horse!

I understand the challenge and complexity of riding and the horse/rider relationship. I love the simplicity and ease Centered Riding techniques bring to that relationship, and I live in eternal gratitude to Sally Swift for sharing her wise teachings with me. I try to emulate Sally in every moment of my teaching -- including her insistence that we should have fun while learning. After all, as Sally always said, a good laugh gives the abs a little workout, releases tension and lifts the spirits.

My hope is that after a dose of my empathy and good humour, my students leave their lessons feeling confident, positive and empowered -- and that includes the horse, too!

A visual artist and creative writer, I am also a qualified medical illustrator and published poet. In 2013, I retired from a career as a speechwriter in the Government of Canada. I continue to do freelance writing/editing and for my own enjoyment, artwork/illustration.

I am passionate about sharing and promoting the tremendous legacy of Sally Swift through Centered Riding. I consider Sally to be one of the great role models I have ever encountered -- a true inspiration, and a visionary teacher and friend.

I live in west Quebec, Canada, only 20 km from Ottawa, the nation's Capital. While I love teaching riding, right now, I am taking a break from that to dedicate myself to volunteer roles as editor of Centered Riding News, the quarterly newsletter of Centered Riding Inc., and the Communications Committee. Volunteering for Centered Riding is a lot of fun, very rewarding and just one more way of advancing Sally's legacy.

Remember to breathe -- and smile!
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