MEET THE TEAM

Meet the experts of Equine Connection! They are unique in their field with a fiery passion to make a premium, quality experience for each and every customer, which has lead to the development of what the Equine Connection truly is.


KARI FULMEK — 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
Certification: Certified Master EAL Instructor/Certified EAL Facilitator

Kari started the Equine Connection in January 2009. Before that she was a Million Dollar Weekenders sales manager helping women to empower themselves to reach their dream/goals, a motivational speaker for maintaining a great attitude every day and a manager at the Strathmore Stampede, third largest rodeo in Canada, with 40 Committee Heads and 700 volunteers. Her passion for horses and people has created this experiential program and she continues to create lasting change in people and the companies they work for. Since starting the business she has begun Liberty Training.

Currently Kari is one of the world's leading instructors in the Equine-Assisted Learning Business Training (EABT™) Course, helping others become competent Equine Assisted Learning facilitators and run their own successful horse businesses. Kari's philosophy for everyone who trains with her is, she is not successful until you are!

Kari is the author of 'Two Weeks to Empowerment' book and workbook which features an intensive online course to help women to be empowered! She was also featured in the book 'If It's Not Hard It's Not Your Dream’, a biography of Kari’s triumph over adversity and loss.

Kari is so proud to have taken her company along with the help of her incredible and inspiring team to a global corporation with locations in Calgary, Alberta and Sydney Australia.

Kari lives in the Carseland, AB area just outside the Calgary, AB. Her better half is Sid Chadwick. She has three daughters whom she has always said has been her greatest accomplishment!

Mission Statement

Empowering people and horses to live their best lives with life-changing skills programs to move forward with purpose!

Specialties:

  • Entrepreneur and running successful businesses for over 33 years
  • Hearing and seeing how horses communicate to people
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills Development
  • Internationally and Nationally Recognized Equine Assisted Certification Program
  • Objectively driven programs with guaranteed outcomes
  • Training and Development for Skills in the workforce
  • Learn the difference between facilitating vs teaching
  • Problem Solving for Teams
  • Executive Leadership Skill Development
  • The ability to make up odd and endearing phrases

CAROLYN CHARLES — 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
Certification: Certified EAL Instructor/Certified EAL Facilitator

Carolyn's background lies in communications, but her true passion lies in people. Carolyn began her career with the Calgary Police Service in the Public Affairs and Media Relations Unit. Carolyn’s positive attitude and laughter allowed her to see the best in people in the worst of circumstances. After a brief stint in graphic design, she found a home at the Strathmore Heritage Days in 2009. Moving onto the Equine Connection where she has discovered the true power of the horse. Her passion for people continues. Carolyn’s passion for horses grows everyday as she sees the noticeable changes in the Equine Connection participants. Carolyn’s unique assortment of opportunities has provided her the ability to recognize and work with many different leadership styles. Enabling her to adapt to each client’s specific characteristics. After attending the Public Relations program at Mt. Royal College, Carolyn realized there are three key components necessary to cultivate successful employees. Knowledge, Skills and Experience. Leaders who recognize this and are willing to invest in their employees gain something few companies truly have. People who are truly engaged in their jobs/careers. Those people are more productive and will return a higher return on the employer’s investment. Carolyn knows that everyone wants to be productive and make a difference. Through her EC programs she is able to help other’s reach that potential.

She is also the General Manager of the Spiritual Equine Connection Society who also provides youth and woman's programs for people in need at the Equine Connection's arena. 

Skills & Competencies

  • Marketing/Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Website management
  • Communication techniques
  • 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

JANE HEMINGWAY-MOHR — Instructor & Senior Facilitator/Entrepreneur - Sydney, AU. CAMPUS

Instructor for Equine Assisted Learning with Business Training, Founder of Willow Wood Stables and Specialist in Facilitating Development Skills with People to Move Forward
Certification: Certified EAL Instructor/Certified EAL 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

KARSYN FULMEK - Instructor, Facilitator & Social Media Guru

Certification: Certified EAL Instructor/Certified EAL 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.

Skills & Competencies

  • Social Media
  • Western riding
  • Horse training
  • Riding coach
  • Giving voices to all animals in the near vicinity - at all times

BRIANNE HINGLEY - Facilitator, Assistant Instructor and Tradeshow Co-ordinator

Certification: Certified EAL Assistant Instructor/Certified EAL 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.

Skills & Competencies

  • Marketing
  • Business Development
  • Accounting
  • Quoting Star Wars

ALICE FIELD - Facilitator, Assistant Instructor


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.
Skills & Competencies
  • 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.
 

RUSSELL STRATTON - Facilitator & Leadership “Guru”

Certification: Certified EAL Facilitator

Russell is an Internationally Certified Trainer, Leadership Coach and Speaker with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. He 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.

Skills & Competencies

  • Leadership Development
  • Personal Coaching
  • MiRo Behavioural Profiles
  • Teambuilding
  • Experiential Learning
  • Speaking in a “funny” British accent. Which is his actual voice as he is British.


Meet The Teachers

equine connection meet the teamBuddy

Birthday: June 7/06
Colour: Chestnut
Gender: Male

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!” - Buddy

 

 

equine connection teachersKokanee

Birthday: June 25/99
Colour: Black
Gender: Male

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” - Kokanee

 

equine connection teachersBrandon

Birthday: July 15/06
Colour: Red Dun
Gender: Gelding

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!” - Brandon

 

equine connectionJ.R.

Birthday: May 28/94
Colour: Buckskin
Gender: Mare

J.R. is the matriarch of the herd. There is no pushing this gal around! Instead, she will push you to be the true leader that she knows that you are! J.R. is as sweet as they come, but quite simply, she doesn’t take crap from anyone. J.R. was a broodmare before she came here and she still has that mama feeling. With just a simple look she can show you that she knows that you can do more. There is no moving J.R. if you don’t step into your power! Her gentle eyes immediately tell you of her friendly nature - and yet, as a mom would, she knows when to put her foot down!

“I will teach you that you don’t have to go through life alone, and together we have the power to do anything!" - J.R.

 

equine connection teachersPass

Birthday: May 30/06
Colour: Palomino
Gender: Gelding

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!” - Pass

 

equine connection teacherFaye

birthday: June 15/07
Colour: Bay/Black
Gender: Mare

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.” - Faye

 

equine connection teachersComet

Birthday: June 14/97
Colour: Palamino
Gender: Male

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.” - Comet

 

equine connection teachersJordy

Birthday: April 28/98
Colour: Dark Brown
Gender: Male

When you work with Jordy, you are working with a horse that really “gets” you. Yes, he is fluffy and cute, and missing part of an ear, but more than anything, Jordy understands. He will show you how to stop and smell the flowers, to enjoy every moment, and that sometimes, we need to pump ourselves up a little bit to get the job done. Jordy will be the horse that will make you feel solid, grounded and will even make himself seem smaller by showing you how much he trusts you - and therefore - you can also trust him.

 “I will show you that life is not a race, but rather we must be present in every moment and choose to move forward with ambition!” - Jordy

 

Disco

Birthday: May 21/03
Colour: Sorrel
Gender: Gelding

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.” - Disco

 

Roxy

Birthday: May 1/01
Colour: Bay
Gender: Mare

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!” - Roxy

 

OUR HORSES WHO WE LOVED AND LOST

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