Our People

KIM WREN

Kim and riderProprietor Kim Wren is a fully accredited instructor with Horse Safety Australia and has more than thirty years experience with horses. She is also a Level 2 instructor in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL).

Kim Wren recognised her love of horses at a very early age, and has always felt part of the wonderful and embracing world of nature.

Her first pony Tammy was her constant companion for a decade and a half. Together they attended pony clubs, competed in one to three day events, and state and zone game teams all over Victoria.

Kim has a background in horticulture and has been fortunate to have held positions in state forests and botanical gardens Australia wide. Her affinity with horses has been all enduring. She has been working for many years giving lessons to both children and adults as well as taking trail rides. Kim has completed an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy and  offers a new approach that brings together her vast experience with horses within a therapeutic and self-development environment.

LINDY SCHNEIDER
PB242880Lindy is an EFL practitioner, art therapist/counsellor and writer. She has developed a range of services around horses and creativity that you can read more about here including her Equine Facilitated Writing program.

She first knew how much she needed horses in her life at age five, but it has taken forty years for her to have her first horse (read about her rescue horse Honey) and find the solace and deep commitment of building an equine relationship every day.

On reflection,  life has long been preparing her for this grand passion in equine therapy and she draws on her background in Marketing and Human Resource Management and as a Counsellor and Art Therapist in clinical practice (and tutoring) and a post-graduate qualification in writing.

She is a published author and has a keen interest in weaving together experiences for people that connects them with equine partners in the natural world to facilitate health, healing and a deeper sense of self and human potential.

Her greatest lessons in life have come from her equine relationships. She is a Level 2 instructor in  Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) and enjoys supporting others to explore the same power and grace that she has come to know as essential to ‘being’  with horses.

ELAINE HUGHES

Elaine_Hughes_2210d7353dElaine developed an affinity with all animals, especially horses from a young age and enjoyed the usual riding school and pony trekking activities as a child.

She trained with many of the original Parelli instructors and other international experts from differing horsemanship disciplines to gain a wide cross section of skills and expertise  but avoided becoming a disciple of any particular brand. The skills and experience gained were practised and improved through a variety of horses and owners until she eventually got her own horse. Chad, whom she met the day he was born, was purchased at 9 months of age. Chad, an Anglo Arab (a rather large one!) became both student and teacher for all Elaine’s accumulated knowledge and what he is today is the product of many years practice and training (and mistakes and issues resolved). He continues to be an inspiration for further training (for Elaine as well as her clients) but is mainly a much loved family member. Elaine continues to train with a number of respected trainers as she believes that learning about, from and with horses never stops and there is always more to find out.

Elaine met Franklin Levinson when investigating ways of bringing horses and children together in a mutually beneficial way. The hope was to find a new and innovative way of teaching children that brought a deeper more rewarding approach to relationships with horses. Elaine also saw the benefits in the therapy side of interaction with horses that did not “use” the horse as a tool as part of the process but brought benefits to all parties involved. A chance discovery of the methods and techniques of Franklin Levinson and EFL seemed to offer all the desired outcomes and Elaine attended courses in both EFL and Training thru Trust.

Elaine became Franklin’s co-coordinator in the UK until the family (including Chad)  moved to Australia in 2009.

The formation of AEFL Pty Ltd was born out of Elaine and Cathy’s {her co-partner)  shared desire to promote and develop the methods and techniques of EFL in Australia in a way that can continue to develop and grow. Horses are not a pastime; they are a way of life that constantly provides new learning and relationship experiences.

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