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
I serve on Centered Riding Inc., committees and edit the Centered Riding News.
Hello and welcome to my profile on the Centered Riding website!
Please let me share a little about myself. 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 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 welcome invitations to teach clinics and individual lessons, and am available to travel, as well as to teach close to home, in west Quebec and eastern Ontario, Canada. I hope to meet you sometime, to share the company of a good horse, the Four Basics and a great big smile!
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