Trustee and Financial & Operations Manager
Fiona has a BSocSc degree from UCT and a BA Honours degree in Psychology from Stellenbosch, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E.) from the University of Cape Town. She is also a qualified Counsellor (S.A. College of Applied Psychology) and is registered as a Holistic Counsellor with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). Through her studies, she discovered a passion for helping both adults and children, and in 2006 she travelled to the United States of America to complete her certification in the Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning (E.A.T./E.A.L.) model offered by E.A.G.A.L.A (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). She then spent 6 months working in America gaining experience in the facilitation of equine therapy sessions as well as in the management of an equine therapy business. Fiona has since completed her Part 2 E.A.G.A.L.A. Certification and has extensive experience in equine therapy through her work in South Africa. She also has many years of administrative experience. She has been involved with horses since an early age, and has a strong belief in the ability of horses to heal people. She enjoys being able to work with people in conjunction with horses, enabling a powerful learning process.
Call: 083 278 7382 Email: [email protected]
Trustee and Public Relations & Programme Manager
Sarah has always had a passion for being with horses, they have been a part of her life since her early childhood and she has spent many years having the privilege of learning from and engaging with horses. Another passion that Sarah developed was that of helping people which came to fruition through her life experiences of volunteering at various organisations to help those disadvantaged in life. Sarah decided to further her passion for people and studied Social Work at the University of Cape Town and specialized in Clinical Social Work for her Honours year. Sarah then studied a P.G.C.E. (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) to learn more about working with children. While teaching, Sarah was exposed to a modality of therapy that engages both horses and people and immediately trained through E.A.G.A.L.A. (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) to become Part 2 E.A.G.A.L.A. certified in E.A.T. and E.A.L. (Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning). Sarah has extensive knowledge and experience in working in the equine therapy field and decided to further her knowledge and skills of working with people through completing her Masters in Clinical Social Work which included a dissertation on equine therapy and the psychosocial support it can offer to those that suffer secondary traumatic symptoms. Sarah is excited to share her passion and knowledge of horses helping people.
Call: 072 126 1096 Email: [email protected]
Trustee and Marketing & Noordhoek Programme Manager
Nicola’s deep connection with horses began in early childhood and she has worked with them extensively over the past 15 years, from stable yard management, teaching riding lessons, training horses to running horse trails. Through this experience she began to notice the great healing qualities that these animals have to offer. Her interest in an holistic approach to healing began at university where she engaged with subjects of Psychology and Philosophy (Quantum Physics especially). She studied to become a certified spiritual counsellor and Natural Healer and with a background in counseling (SACAP), she is currently studying towards a Diploma in Metaphyiscs. She has a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art from UCT and has also completed the Part 2 certification of the EAGALA model. She believes that horses are the best reflection of one’s inner world and combined with her passion of helping others to create more peaceful and harmonious lives for themselves, she feels horses are offering us the opportunity to learn and make changes to create a better life for ourselves.
Call: 072 176 4262 Email: [email protected]
“The Equinox Trust is based on the fundamentals of developing the emotional well-being of communities in need. The beneficiaries in the elected communities are often confined by limiting social positions or poor living conditions. The Trust extends a hand of opportunity to these underprivileged groups. Additionally, Equinox empowers its recipients by tapping into their emotional well-being, thereby creating a platform for fresh insight which subsequently develops new mind-sets. New mind-sets are key components for starting new conversations; new conversations create new world views and new world views surface new opportunities. I am grateful to be a part of this social and emotional transformation.”
“The reason I joined the Equinox Board is due to the very unique and special part they play in the lives of every day people who might not necessarily have had the confidence to make their opinions count towards a positive society. Horses changing lives is literally a tangible outcome to this Organisation through emotionally empowering individuals which allows them to make better decisions for both themselves and all around them.”