Sue’s passion for horses started at a young age. She was raised in a very loving home environment, on a farm where her father bought her her first pony. As a child, she competed in many horse shows.
Entering the next chapter of her life, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and a social work degree from Ryerson University. She then went on to start her career with the government as a probation and parole officer. Since then, she has helped many clients, both young offenders and adults.
She has had many successes in the past 26 years of her career and some of her professional achievements went well beyond her own expectations. For example, she obtained the prestigious “Best in the Business Award” for all of North America, and received a police commendation award from the chief of police for helping crack the largest pornographic seizure in Canadian history.
She continues to help her clients cope with their difficult life issues and provides counselling on a daily basis. Susan received her psychotherapy training from Dr. Harvey Armstrong and for over twenty years, has been facilitating group psychotherapy for parents with troubled youth.
Susan’s husband and best friend has been instrumental in supporting her return to her life with horses. She started out with one horse, Roobear, that she competed with for many years in cross-country and dressage resulting in four consecutive years of winning the ‘Year-End’ champion award in dressage.
Six years ago, Susan and her husband achieved their goal of owning their own horse farm and living in harmony with their herd of five horses. This has fulfilled Sue’s life-long dream of combining her passion, horses, with her career as a social worker. After having the privilege of living with these majestic creatures and experiencing the profound effect her horses have had on her life physically, emotionally, and spiritually, the horses have given her the inner wisdom, faith, and respect to allow her dreams to unfold and become a reality. In doing so, Susan completed the Equine-Assisted Personal Development (EAPD) training program through the Chris Irwin Institute in 2006.
Craving a deeper perspective into the work with horses, she went on to receive her certification from the Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning Program (F.E.E.L) taught by Andre Leclipteux and his wife Wendy Golding. She graduated from the program in 2011.
Susan brings many skills and talents to her work: her deep passion, love of life, and her compassionate personality. These attributes have attracted people from all walks of life and in all stages of development to come and experience the powerful learning that she and her horse partners provide.
Through this ever-powerful partnership she has created, and the safe haven her farm exudes, she invites you to come and experience for yourself the profound effect this exciting way of learning with horses can have on your life!