Connecting people and horses - empowering both to live their best lives through life-changing,
skill-development exercises that will move them forward to a life with purpose!
Meet Equine Connection's team of experts passionate about creating the best possible experience for you. As specialists in this industry and leaders in this well-established Certification est. 2009, we have made it our mission to "partner" with horses versus "using" them as tools. You will learn to hear the horses in their world. It's an unparalleled student experience.
Our model for Equine Assisted Learning is Partnering and Connecting With Horses to impact people's lives by working through objectively driven programs while keeping the horse's welfare at the base of all we do. We focus on ground activities rather than riding horses.
Our horses guarantee; when I teach you, I will never judge you! I will never lie to you!! I am a teller of truth as that is ONLY what I can do because of my brain! I will bring love and healing to your heart! I will offer you a way to smile, to giggle, and to have FUN!! This learning, I promise to you, doesn't just stay in the arena; this is learning you will transfer into your own life!
Master Instructor & Senior Facilitator/Founder
Master Instructor for Equine Assisted Learning with Business Training, Entrepreneur and Specialist in Facilitating Women's Development Skills to Move Forward and Published Author
Founder/Certified Master Equine Assisted Learning Instructor/Co-Creator of 'Outside of the Box Business Package'/Author
Equine Veterinary Bemer Distributor
Kari is the founder and one of the world's leading instructors in the Equine-Assisted Learning Certification Course. She helps others become competent as Equine Assisted Learning facilitators and to run their own successful horse businesses to make a living and, most importantly, to find their purpose on this precious earth.
Kari started the Equine Connection in January 2009 as a response to her passion for horses and people. She has always been interested in helping others reach their dreams and goals. As a Million Dollar Weekenders sales manager, she helped women empower themselves to find their voice and courage to create the life they wanted. As a motivational speaker, I encouraged people to maintain a great attitude every day! People forget that they have a short time on earth, so we have to live it now and not down the road. And as a manager at the Strathmore Stampede, the third-largest rodeo in Canada, she led and managed a team of over 700 volunteers!
Kari's love for horses and people has brought this certification to life, helps participants create lasting change in themselves and take the learning from the horse into their own lives. She is a horsewoman who believes in the connection between horses and humans and the power of these magnificent creatures to help us humans in this hard life. She started out her career working with horses in their language instead of the human language, which has changed how she interacts with them. Horses are prey animals, and they need to feel safe in order to trust humans. She understands this and seeks continuous learning and training to understand horses through this connection better. Kari believes in this investment to continue her journey and development of the horse world because she knows it is crucial for horses and people alike.
Kari’s philosophy for everyone who trains with her that she is not successful until you are! Her motto is "If It's Not Hard It's Not Your Dream."
She written a book called 'Two Weeks to Empowerment,' which features an intensive online course to help women to be empowered. She also has her book called 'If It's Not Hard It's Not Your Dream,' a biography of triumph over adversity and so much loss that she went through in her own journey of creating her dream career.
We are most proud of this astonishing certification as it is unique amongst equine-assisted learning certifications as the foundation of this certification is the 'WELFARE' of the horse first and foremost! We've created a certification with business training to help you every step of your journey to get you to your success. Take a peek at what comes with this certification.
Bottom line, do your homework to find the certification that works best for you and your life, and where you are wanting to be in one year, five years, and ten years down the road with the organization that certifies you. Happy investigating, and enjoy your journey in fulfilling your purpose.
Master Instructor & Facilitator/Director of Sales and Marketing
General Manager of the Spiritual Equine Connection Society, Leadership Development Facilitator, EAL Facilitator, Website Dabbler, and Social Media Master
Certified Equine Assisted Learning Instructor/Co-Creator of 'Outside of the Box Business Package'
Carolyn was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and although her background lies in communications, her true passion lies in people. After attending the Public Relations program at Mt. Royal College, I began my career with the Calgary Police Service in the Public Affairs and Media Relations Unit and it was her positive attitude and sense of humour that allowed her to see the best in people - even in the worst of circumstances.
After a brief stint in graphic design and at a law firm, I found a home at the Strathmore Heritage Days in 2007, where I met Kari. It was there she learned about the importance of community and how it can be strengthened by coming together to celebrate history, culture and traditions.
She then moved onto the Equine Connection, where she has discovered the true magic of the horse - and being a city kid, it was something I had never understood before.
Her passion for horses grows every day as she sees the noticeable changes in the Equine Connection participants. Carolyn’s unique assortment of opportunities has allowed her to recognize and work with many different leadership and communication styles, which has enabled her to adapt to each client's specific needs.
Through her experiences, she realized there are three key components necessary to cultivate successful people. Knowledge, Skills and Experience. Something that can be applied to corporate teams, youth, adults, and at-risk or addictions groups alike. She has been with the Equine Connection since the beginning and whole heartedly believes that although this is never where she thought she would end up - this is exactly where she is meant to be. Helping people through the power of the horse.
She is also the General Manager of the Spiritual Equine Connection Society which provides youth, men, and women at-risk programs for people in the Equine Connection's arena.
- Marketing/Public Relations
- Social Media
- Website management
- Communication techniques expert
- Analyzing behavioral styles
- A self professed computer geek
- Well developed interpersonal skills, working with employees to assemble effective teams and accomplish tasks within the organization
- Taking sarcasm to a new and lovable level
Instructor & Senior Facilitator/Entrepreneur
Instructor for Equine Assisted Learning with Business Training, Founder of Willow Wood Stables and Specialist in Facilitating Development Skills with People to Move Forward
Certified Equine Assisted Learning Instructor/Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator
Jane is an expert in authentic leadership development, combining her lifelong passion for, understanding of and extensive training in everything horses with her long history of corporate experience both in Australia and internationally. Over the past several years, Jane has immersed herself in the world of equine assisted learning and all that she can learn from horses about herself and others.
After establishing her own performance horse boarding, training and coaching facility in 2011, Jane soon realized that there was much more to being with her equine partners than riding and ribbons. Keen to share this special insight with a broader range of people, she qualified as an Equine Assisted Learning facilitator with Equine Connection Inc – The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning, and established Leading Edge Life Skills in March 2015. In January 2017, Jane undertook further training to become the only certified instructor in the southern hemisphere for Equine Connection. Together Jane and her team – both human and horse – have hosted personal and professional development programs and workshops for literally hundreds of individuals.
Jane believes that horses are the ultimate life coaches, as they provide honest, immediate and unbiased responses to individual and group energy, intention, actions and body language. She says, “Quite simply, horses help people become better humans.”
Jane is an accredited riding coach and competitive show jumping rider. She is married, has four children, three dogs, three cats and too many horses!
- National and International Marketing and Public Relations experience
- Strong Marketing Communication skills, especially in writing and brand development
- Establishing and running small businesses
- Social Media
- Website management
- Speaks German and French
- Riding Instructor
- Passionate about animals and being everyone’s mum – our home is always full of people and animals - no one goes hungry or feels lonely
Instructor, Facilitator & Social Media Guru
Certified Equine Assisting Learning Instructor/Certified Equine Assisted Facilitator
Karsyn has had a passion for horses since a young age and appreciates the different personalities they possess and all that they teach. She works with the horses behind the scenes to make sure that they can contribute as much as they can, while still being respectful! Karsyn's love of horses also brought her to become a part of the Calgary Stampede Showriders!
After high school and spending some time working from behind a desk, Karsyn decided she needed to see the world and expand her horizons, taking a year to travel around Asia, Australia, and New Zealand - it is these travels that allowed her to see the cultural diversity throughout the world. Upon arriving back home she decided that the desk life was not for her and decided to go into the family business and become a certified EAL facilitator.
She has taken on the role of the Social Media Guru at Equine Connection as she is always on top of the trends. Taking courses, researching and creating an ongoing following makes her an amazing addition to the team, not to mention an impactful mentor to our facilitators.
Karsyn’s amazing sense of humour, dedicated love for horses, and her creative skills in social media make her a key part of the Equine Connection team.
- Social Media
- Funnel Marketing
- Western riding
- Horse training
- Riding coach
- Giving voices to all animals in the near vicinity - at all times
Facilitator, Assistant Instructor Leading Edge
Certified Equine Assisted Learning - Assistant Instructor/Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator
Alice’s expertise lies in Corporate Human Resources with a focus on Learning & Development and Leadership. She completed the Equine Connection Inc Facilitator course in June 2017, enabling her to combine her past business experience with her lifelong passion for horses. Shortly after, Alice joined the Leading Edge team as the Director of Business Development. In 2018 she undertook further training to fulfill the role of Assistant Instructor with the Equine Connection Sydney campus.
Working across all our programs, Alice is passionate about ensuring our clients achieve genuine and sustainable growth opportunities through our experiential learning based curriculum. She brings a wealth of experience in skill development having supported clients through the design and facilitation of programs to build skills such as Leadership, Management, Communication Negotiation and Team Building.
Prior to joining the team, Alice was Vice President, Human Resources at the Macquarie Group in New York and Sydney. Through her career she has held a number of HR Business Partner and HR Specialist roles for leading Investment Banks including UBS and Barclays. She started her career in Australia, before spending over 10 years based in the US, UK and Middle East.
Alice is an accredited NCAS riding Coach and when not in the office she enjoys riding and spending time with the horses.
- National and International Human Resources experience
- Leadership and Management coaching
- Project management and organizational skills
- Performance Management
- Building team cohesion, communication and effectiveness
- Small business management
- Horse Riding / Horse Management Instructor
- The ability to look a minimum of ten years younger than she actually is.
Facilitator, Assistant Instructor and Tradeshow Co-ordinator
Certified Equine Assisted Learning - Assistant Instrutor/Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator
Brianne Hingley is a Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator with Equine Connection. Although she didn’t start out being a “horse girl”, she grew up in Calgary where this type of life was not readily available to her as a kid. But as a grown up she was introduced to the horse world and the irrefutable benefits the horses bring into our lives via the skills they remind us of every minute we are in their company. She is a people person to the highest degree and what we in the biz like to call a “mover and a shaker”! Brianne is the driver behind her business of Force Action In Development as well as a coach to other Equine Connection facilitators to help move their business’ forward.
- Does not feel the cold and runs programs in the winter
- Business Development
- Quoting Star Wars
Facilitator & Leadership “Guru”
Certified Equine Assisted Learning/Facilitator/Internationally Certified Trainer/Leadership Coach and Speaker/Masters Degree in Human Resource Management
Russell has a passion for developing Leaders particularly those transitioning into Management roles, by building their capability and confidence using a blend of simulations, dynamic experiential learning and workplace coaching.
He is an accomplished management education, learning & development professional with a proven track record of working with clients in the public, voluntary and private sectors to achieve lasting, measurable step changes in business performance.
Russell works internationally with a wide range of organizational cultures and with all levels from front line customer facing staff to executive management boards and is President and Leadership Champion at Bluegem Learning. Having worked as both a Personnel Manager and Operational Manager he works at both strategic and tactical levels.
- Leadership Development
- Personal Coaching
- MiRo Behavioural Profiles
- Experiential Learning
- Speaking in a “funny” British accent. Which is his actual voice as he is British.
This is Buddy - THE MOVIE STAR on the hit TV show, Heartland! But he isn’t all diva! His heart is huge and he truly wants to help all of his humans! He has a sweet and kind disposition but he also needs things to be super clear! Buddy wants his team to be strong and communicate with each other. He needs that piece to feel safe. When his whole team is on the same page, that’s when he will move forward with you as a part of his herd.
“I will show you that with clarity comes success!”
Kokanee is a loving teacher but will push you to step into your own! He was abandoned as a baby and he held onto that feeling of abandonment for a very long time. He was trained in dressage, but as a result of his trauma, he just wasn’t cut out for it. He is totally cut out to be an Equine Assisted Learning teacher though. Kokanee has been through hell and fought his way back to being the strong and independent teacher you'll see today. He won’t allow you to just sit back, he will demand you to step into the true and authentic leader that you are!
“I will show you how truly powerful you are. If you can work with me, you can do anything”
Birthday: July 15/06
Colour: Red Dun
Brandon is the herd leader - meaning that he has a big responsibility. But he also knows that with that responsibility role on his shoulders, he still has to be able to have a little bit of fun! To work with this leader, you must pull out your inner-leader, otherwise, he snaps right back into his position as head of the herd! When his team is going strong, he loves to be able to hang his head nice and low and take a break from his responsibilities, as he knows that he is in good hands. Brandon has had to overcome a lot, including people riding him far too early and being mistreated as a colt, but he persevered through it all! His friendly personality makes him incredibly fun to be around, as there is never a dull moment. If you are ever in need of a good laugh, Brandon's the man knocking at the back door ready to get the job done!
“I will show you that learning can be fun, all while discovering your true leadership!”
Birthday: May 30/06
Pass is a survivor! Since birth Pass has had a cleft pallet. Most of the time, this would lead to pneumonia, and usually death at a very early age. But not our Pass! Pass is a very sensitive horse and feels deeply with his team. He will leave his “gift” on you, just as he does with the other members of his herd. He is a horse that helps balance his herd as being balanced in life keeps one safe and he knows how to get to the root problems. He is proof that all of us can survive against all odds and live a purposeful and fulfilling life!
“I am a survivor and I will show you how you can overcome anything!”
Birthday: June 15/07
Faye came to us after beating the odds against death! When she was only 2 ½ years old a horse shelter collapsed on Faye, opened her back right up and left a large wound on her back. Her owners must have seen what a beautiful soul she is, and after months of recovery, Faye's back healed leaving a scar she will have for life. But you would never know she ever had gone through such an incident. Faye's strong spirit and love of life helped her overcome her trauma and injury and has turned her into teacher who develops boundaries and strength.
“I have survived trauma. We all have scars, but not all of us are victims.”
Birthday: June 14/97
Comet is not only a good looking, hunka-chunka horse; he is also the former head of the herd. And is treated as a wise elder by the other horses. He demands strong leadership, honesty, respect, and trust. In return, he will teach you skills that you can carry throughout your life. He is not without problems in life, but as a teacher, he is tough, yet fair. He will teach you, like he teaches his herd, swiftly and immediately, but will always throw in his loving, father-like ways.
“I know that you are a leader - and I want you to know it too.”
Birthday: May 21/02
Disco is such a strong teacher since he literally will not move until he knows it is right. He has been described as stubborn, but with the right leader, he will follow you to the ends of the earth. Disco is the man who will show you to go with your gut. To step into the person you are and believe in yourself. He is a chatty guy, and at times will flap his lips all over you to help you out. He wants you to believe in yourself, in your gut, and to have confidence in your direction.
“I will show you that when you know yourself and your capabilities, there is nothing that can stop you.”
Birthday: May 1/01
Roxy was rescued just days before she was due to be killed. She was 5 years old & had never been really loved by a human, until the day she was rescued from slaughter. She is beautiful & smart with a great work ethic. Like many people, Roxy can get a bit anxious at times, but with the right people, she will calm down and be putty in their hands. She will try her heart out for you every time and loves to connect with her human teammates. She is now in her forever home!
“I am a teacher helping people to calm down and work through anxiety!”
OUR HORSES WHO WE LOVED AND LOST
Jordy - October 5th, 2021
Today we had to say goodbye to the big man, the dude, the grounder, the heart… our Jordy. [😢] [💕]
Jords, we can’t never thank you enough for helping so many people. For being so grounding and being what so many humans needed, on so many days.
There are no words for how hard today was. Energy never dies, this we know, but for now our hearts break as we miss you so much already.
We love you Jordy. You will be with us always. [❤️]
Song credit: There You’ll Be - Faith Hill
JR - July 20, 2021
On July 20th, we lost our beloved JR. But something we realized about her after her spirit left us, is that JR wasn’t just our horse. This felt like such a profound loss because she became so many peoples horse during her time as a teacher. We can’t say we have “lost” JR, because of all that she left, not only with us, but everyone she every helped over the years. Being the “Mama horse” that she was, she created a safe space for people to learn, heal and release.
How does one go about thanking such a beautiful living being for such a giving service. JR came to Kari in 2009 as a donation horse. She taught Kari, Carolyn, Karsyn and hundreds of people over the course of her time with us. How blessed are each of us who are gifted to hear the horse as a horse and true teacher. We were blessed to be in her presence as she impacted so many lives. So many people over the course of these years said, “JR saved my life.”
One of the hardest things all of us have to do in owning these magnificent creatures is making the call for their next journey as we know in the wild, they would have been picked off and we never want our horses to have to suffer beyond what we can help them with. It was JR’s time, but we have not lost her. She will live on forever within our hearts and the hearts of 100’s of others.
Thank you, JR. From the bottom of our hearts, for all you have given.
Music Credit: Thank You© 2007 Johnny Reid