1950 York Road, R.R. #1
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
As early as she can remember Dawn has been drawn to horses and their magic.
Living in the suburbs, she found herself escaping by bicycle out to the country. There she would find a field of horses and sit with them for hours while they grazed. On one occasion she was discovered by the owner. He offered her the opportunity to do chores in exchange for one-on-one horse time, saddle and bridle not included. Although Dawn found riding fun, it was never her passion. She longed to have a different kind of horse partnership.
Over the years, Dawn’s parents insisted that she would out grow this “horse phase”. Graduating from Laurentian University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1991 at the age of 22, Dawn made her first major purchase, a 15-year old Appaloosa gelding named Eclipse.
Horses came in and out of her life over the first few years. What she knew of horses came from the old Cowboy style – that horses must be “broken” and controlled at all times! This did not sit well with her. Dawn continued to seek the connection that came from a place of heart, not domination.
In 1999 Dawn purchased an 11-acre horse farm in NOTL and her herd continued to grow. She gave love and a haven for horses rescued from intolerable situations. Although those around her insisted that horses were for riding, Dawn spent her time in the fields with her herd.
Working in ER Trauma with a specialty in sexual assault/domestic violence, Dawn started seeing similarities between her rescued horses and the victims that came through the ER. A thought came to her – could victims of trauma be aided in recovery by horses?
This led Dawn to Wendy Golding of Horse Spirit Connections. There, through a program called FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning)® horses could indeed be healers. It was like a coming home for Dawn. This was what she had been preparing for her whole life! Rescuing horses and rehabilitating them so they could be empowered in helping humans heal and rediscover themselves.
Dawn and her herd can be found in Niagara-On-The-Lake along with her two sons, Brock and Joel. Her 11-acre farm is a haven for her horses as well a variety of other animals. Dawn has found the connection she sought with horses and herself. Together, Dawn and the horses help others reconnect with themselves in individual sessions and group workshops.
Dawn can be reached at Foxtrot Fields.
Call 289-213-1821 or email her at