Elaine Hughes

Elaine Hughes

I did not come from a horsey background but lived in rural area of UK and around 10 years old would cycle to local riding club and muck and tack up ponies in exchange for riding. Spent summers Pony Trekking in Brecon Beacons in Wales. After a break for University returned to riding and some competition (mainly dressage, Le Trec and some Show Jumping) but increasingly aware that the British Horse Society traditional methods did not really suit me or the horses I was involved with.

I sought out alternative/natural horsemanship trainers to try and develop a different form of communication and a better relationship with these horses. I did not actually own a horse until I was 35! Having done training with a variety of people including Parelli, Monty Roberts/Kelly Marx, Richard Maxwell, Gary Witheford, Ken Faulkner (and most recently James French) I eventually found Franklin Levinson and EFL (equine facilitated learning). This modality allowed me to combine my horse passion with a desire to give other people (especially children and those with disabilities) access to an activity that all (horse, me and partciipant) beneficial, empowering and FUN!

The horses did not have to be ridden so older, non-competitive horses found a new career, participants did not have to have all the "correct" riding gear and I could show them how much fun it was just to be around horses. I became Franklin's Co-ordinator in the UK and would tour with him a couple of times a year bringing EFL to variety of people whether for horsemanship or for it's therapeutic benefits. I moved to Australia in 2009 and stated co-ordinating his activities over here but it became increasingly difficult for Franklin to get here (mainly medical reasons). There was so much interest in EFL and the associated horsemanship that I decided to form AEFL Pty Ltd to promote EFL and put in place a structured training program for those looking to become Facilitators. I have been developing and promoting this every since

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Education Session

Equine Facilitated Learning

Discussing the different types of therapeutic interactions with horses that are around today, their increasing popularity and the differences between them. What is the difference between a therapy and a therapeutic interaction and what do they "look" like in action. What is Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) and who is it for. Who is AEFL Pty Ltd, mission statement and current activities -- who are our clients, why do they come, who can be an EFL facilitator and how you become one. How this can be a different avenue for non-competitive people and horses. A look at how the horses/ponies are involved and how we train them with demonstrations with our ponies.

Saturday 17 November 4.15pm - 5.00pm Horserail Arena, Epsom Pavilion

Therapy Horses

What kind of therapies involve horses - discussion of various types of therapy and how the horses are involved; occupational, physical, emotional, riding and ground-based activities. Why are so many people turning to horses for therapeutic reasons, what kind of benefits do people experience. What kind of horses are involved, how do they get trained for this work and how does it affect them. The increasing popularity of non-competitive interactions with horses and building different relationships and forms of communication with them

Sunday 18 November 9.45am - 10.30am Horserail Arena, Epsom Pavilion