Loraine Hardy - Director
Lorraine has been self-employed for over 20 years and has been involved with horses most of her life. She has been a volunteer for a pony club for underprivileged children, experienced working in a riding school and has worked for a horse rescue charity.
She has attained the following qualifications:
- Edexcel BTEC PDC Complementary Therapies
- Practitioner Certificate in Reflexology AOR
- The Further and Adult Education Teachers' Certificate - Micro Teaching stage one
- Shiatsu with horses (Pamela Hannay)
- Lincolnshire Enterprise Certificate in Book-Keeping and Accounts for the Small Business.
- Certificate in Stud and Stable Husbandry at Worcester College of agriculture
Lorraine worked at Bransby Home of Rest for Horses for seven years as Stable Manager, Welfare Officer and Events Organiser. For a number of years she ran a small business painting commissioned animal portraits. As a Complementary Therapist, Lorraine has worked in a safe, nurturing, environment, supporting a variety of different people and issues.She has always been interested in a natural approach to horse care and management and work as a complementary therapist has integrated with the health and care of her horses.
Lorraine is presently studying 'Mind Body Method' a coaching method which guides clients to become more “horse-like” in their presence and awareness. Lorraine has also attended a workshop in 'Animal Assisted Therapy' with Sarah Urwin AdvDip.Couns MBACP
She continues to pursue an eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable approach to natural horse care and is developing advanced skills in natural horsemanship.
Caroline Holterman - Director
Caroline has over thirty years of horsemanship experience. She began riding at the age of 3 years and has been involved with horses all her life.
She holds a BSc (Hons) Psychology and a MSc in Applied Psychology. During her first degree, she completed dissertation on examining whether self-repetition and imitation, facilitate social engagement in preschool children with autistic spectrum disorder. Following graduation, she was employed on a temporary basis as a Research Assistant working on a research project examining factors that facilitate social engagement in children with autistic spectrum disorders. During her Master’s degree, she completed a dissertation examining the effect of mental illness in parent on their children.
She has worked as a Support Worker in both adult mental health and learning disability settings and also as a Rehabilitation Assistant in a centre for young people with acquired brain injuries.
Following this Caroline worked extensively in the field of clinical governance and risk management within the National Health Service for eleven years. Throughout her career within the NHS, she continued to have a strong interest in psychology and worked closely with health and social care colleagues working in learning disability and mental health settings as well as the wider health and social care area. Whilst working within the NHS, she carried out a number of quality initiatives such as clinical audit, research, and service evaluation, as well as patient and the public experience initiatives.
In 2011, she opted to take voluntary redundancy to follow a lifelong dream of running her own business combining her two main interests; psychology and horses.
Caroline has worked in a variety of positions within the equestrian world including equestrian centres, riding schools and dressage yards, as well as being a volunteer for Riding for the Disabled Association and a Horse Rescue Centre. Since 2011, Caroline has worked on a freelance basis teaching and training horses using sympathetic training methods.
Caroline holds the following qualifications:
- MSc Applied Psychology.
- BSc (Hons) Psychology.
- Monty Roberts Preliminary Certificate in Horsemanship.
- BTEC Level 4. Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector.
- Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level 1 & 2 Graduate/ Level 3/4 student.
- Certificate of Vocational Qualification in Horse Care Level 2.
- British Horse Society Stages 1 and 2 Stable Management and Riding.
- Institute of Occupational Health & Safety: Managing Safety.
- Health & Safety Executive Compliant: First Aid at Work
- Certificate in Claims and Risk Management
Robert Hardy - Director
Rob's our maintenance person, and the responsible person for health and safety, and fire prevention at the project. He can turn his hand to most things, he's our "grandad" who fixes things.
Rob enjoys working with people of all ages. In his previous business he employed and worked with young people.
Sue West - Director
As well as being a Director at the project, I often help in the garden experimenting with various crops. It's very rewarding when seeds begin to sprout and the final result ends up on your tea plate. At times I help Rob when he's got his handyman hat on. The whole experience is very satisfying and interacting with the horses is just the icing on top of the cake.