Say hello to the Equine Partners 'Human' Team!

We have an amazing team of people, both paid and volunteers, that enable us to do what we do.  


Our wonderful board of directors (all of whom are volunteers) bring a wide range of skills and regularly give up their time to assist with sessions and events. 

Equine Partners has a specialist team of trained facilitators that work alongside our horses to support you on your journey.  We also have two Qualified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioners who are available to guide you in overcoming things that might be preventing change (like phobia's or behavioural patterns).

Co-Founder, Director, Facilitator, NLP Master Practitioner &
Equine Specialist 


First and foremost I am a mum and a horse lover. Horses have always played a big part of my life and I love sharing my knowledge and passion with others.


Both Fran & I started Equine Partners back in 2010 as volunteers. It wasn't until 2014 that we became employed.  I have been fortunate to have had horses in my life in some way for more than 30 years. Both owning and working with them, including volunteer work with both the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), and local rescue centres.


I am one of the Facilitators of our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Therapeutic Horsemanship (TH) sessions. I love using a combination of my Horsemanship skills and my training as an INLPTA Certified NLP Master Practitioner to help support our clients in their journeys. I especially love working with our Schools, Bella's Buddies and Pony Share groups. One of my other area of work is in providing private 1-1 coaching (have a look at our Coaching Section to learn more)


My primary responsibilities are the planning and delivery of the EAL/TH/Pony Share & Bella Buddies sessions and the day-to-day care of the horses. I manage the horses' working hours assessing their physical fitness and mood to ensure safe participation for them and the beneficiaries of our sessions. I am also responsible for the horses' training, development, and mental and physical health.


In the Business part of my role i am responsible for Equine Partners Social Media profile, designing and writing the content of the website, managing our Facebook page, and other social media and newsletters, designing and coordinating all our publications and branding. I also have a wide range of experience in both Finance, HR and administration roles, from working for a local community project to the British Bobsleigh Team!, so I oversee these functions of the project too.

I am also the lead person for Volunteers, so if you are a volunteer or interested in becoming a volunteer, I am your 'go to' person! :)


  • INLPTA NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner

  • Foundation Certificate in Hypnosis 

  • National Diploma in Equine Studies

  • Parelli Natural Horsemanship Level L3 Online and liberty, Level 2 Freestyle

  • BHS Stage 1&2, BHS Riding and Road Safety

  • First Aid at Work

  • Hidden Sentence Training (Families of Prisoners)

  • Owned and worked with horses for over 30 years

  • Riding instructor

  • Finance, Administration and HR

  • Teaching Young Parenting Courses

  • Child Protection Training

  • Festival Co-ordinator

  • Full Driving Licence - allowing her to drive a small horsebox

  • Volunteer work with RDA, Rescue Centres, and Children & Youth Work

  • DBS Check


  • Horses! And studying horsemanship training

  • Writing Novels 

  • Photography

  • Cooking and Baking

  • Knitting/Sewing/Card Making

  • Painting

  • Gardening and Growing Vegetables 

  • Reading

  • Keeping fit/swimming

  • Spending time with my family 

  • Learning new things


“There isn’t anything you can’t do when your horse becomes a part of you.” -  Pat Parelli 

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain" Unknown

'A goal without a date is just a dream' - Milton Erickson

"Way to think outside the box. What box?' Lauren Barwick

Co-Founder, Director, Facilitator & NLP Master Practitioner  


I was married in 1974 and have two children, both adults now with their own great families. I have also had the privilege of fostering a young person and seeing her blossom into an adult with her own partner and family.


While my children were growing up I worked in accounts departments for a number of companies gaining experience of the business world. As my children got older and did not need my immediate presence and emotional energy to the same degree I was able to use my energy to work with other children.


Over the years I have child-minded, run play groups and youth clubs. I have worked with children with disability and as pastoral support in primary school. 


I also worked as a specialist worker with WSCC children’s services working with those families where there was a risk of a teenager having to leave the family home because of the break down in relationships.  


Having worked with children, young people and often their families throughout my adult life and enjoying the company of horses for relaxation I began to think about how I could combine the two.   Jo was having similar thoughts and so we created Equine Partners CIC together. 

I now also do 1-1 coaching (have a look at our Coaching Section to learn more) which I love.


  • Bsc health and social care (open) hons 

  • Equine assisted growth and learning (eagala) certified practitioner

  • INLPTA NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner

  • Foundation Certificate in Hypnosis 

  • Solutions-focused brief therapy 21 hours training and practice regularly

  • Ridden and then owned horses for most of her adult life

  • Background in accounts. Her last post in that field was as manager of an accounts department for a company with a £6 million annual turnover

  • I worked for West Sussex Childrens Services and is trained in child protection procedures

  • First aid at work qualification

  • Full Driving Licence which allows her to drive small horse boxes and trailers

  • DBS Check


  • gardening flowers and vegetables

  • painting - I love to try new things and am currently learning to use oil paints

  • knitting sewing and all things crafty

  • swimming,  I have recently discovered the joys of snorkelling



“One man cannot change the world and he can change the world for one Man”  George Hoffman founder of Tearfund


"I often tell people, it doesn’t make any difference to me where I start my day, it makes a difference to me where I finish my day. Did I leave things a little better off than how I started? It doesn’t have to be perfect, but if it’s just a little better off than how I started, I got along just fine." - Buck Brannaman.

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I am one of the equine assisted learning facilitators here at Equine Partners, I joined the team in September 2016 as a volunteer and was thrilled to become a facilitator in August 2017, I ♡ my job!


I am mum of two grown up children who make me very proud.


I love being outside in the fresh air; playing with the ponies whatever the weather.


  • Worked for West Sussex County Council, within children's services early help service, providing help and guidance to children of all ages and their families.


  • Worked in early years managing a full day care provision and wrap around childcare linked to a primary school.


  • A few seasons as a polo groom.

  • DBS Check​

  • Full Driving Licence which allows her to drive small horse boxes and trailers



So many hobbies....

  • Reading.

  • Spending time with my horses & riding.

  • Gardening.

  • Line dancing.

  • Walking.

  • Swimming.

  • Crochet, patchwork, sewing.

  • Drawing & colouring.

  • Travel.

  • I could go on.



"You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending." C.S . Lewis

Administratior & Director
Director & Administrator



I am the Administrator and a Director for Equine Partners and also provide horse expert cover for EAL session and Pony Share. Previously I worked as an Assistant Accountant for a large construction company.

I also actively fundraise for EP, raising the public awareness of the project and attend tack sales to promote what we do. We gain a lot of support from other horse owners at these events.

As I run a business making rosettes I also make all the rosettes that we give out for completing the courses and for the clear round and gymkhana events that we hold.


  • BHS Stage 3

  • BTEC National Diploma in Horse Care

  • 25 years of horse ownership, currently owning 2 competition horses.

  • Competed at National level in Showing, Dressage and Show Jumping

  • Specialises in Training of young horses having spent time learning at JFRS, a Parelli Foundation Training Centre.

  • DBS Check

  • Full Driving Licence - allowing her to drive a small horsebox


  • Backing and bringing on her own young horse

  • Competing her older horse

  • Painting

  • General Crafts


"When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, and when you look at him and feel a tingle down your know you are loved."

~ John Lyons

Emma Burt


I enjoy being in the countryside, preferably walking with my cocker spaniel Flo. Drinking tea (I love tea!) Weight training at the gym. Caring for my three tortoises, Alice, Margo and Hamish. The beach, unicorns, daydreaming, horses and attempting to keep my collection of pot plants alive…! Ultimately though I love helping people realise just how much they can actually achieve when they put their mind to it.

In 2014 I decided I wanted to make this my forever job, helping people discover their own power, then take the steps to create change in their lives.

I went and trained to be a clinical hypnotherapist in 2015. After experiencing hypnosis personally and being amazed at the power of my own mind when I just focused a bit and tapped into my imagination, in a positive way. I felt a strong calling to share this skill with others.

My private practice is run from Bognor Regis where I help people work though all sorts of limits. Using the gift that is our ability to create inside our minds; I teach clients coping skills and techniques to reprogram old ways of thinking.

I came to Equine Partners in 2015 as a volunteer. I wanted to work in an environment that was offering support to families and young people by helping them think in new and different ways. I also adore horses, so it was my dream place to come and be. In 2018 I joined the team as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator.


My training/learning at present (I’m always adding to it) is…

  • Diploma in clinical hypnotherapy

  • NLP Practitioner

  • Hypnotic Coaching

  • Self-Hypnosis one day training

  • First Aid Certificate

  • DBS check



  • Weight lifting

  • Walking with my dog

  • Play games with the ponies

  • Read anything about mindset

  • Sewing

  • Go on road trips with my family

  • Cooking


“A girl can be two things, who and what she wants” - Coco Chanel

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken” - Oscar Wilde

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Viktor E. Frankl

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start getting excited for what could go right” – Tony Robbins

“Today is a perfect day to just be happy” – Unknown

“No one is you, that’s your superpower” – Unknown

“Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost” – Unknown

Volunteer Director 


I have been a rider for over 40 years and a horse owner for nearly 30 years. I am a retired critical care nurse who retrained and qualified as an equine behaviourist in 2017 and is still learning something new every day. 

I have a Stage 1 Natural Animal Centre Equine Behaviourist with a BSc (Hons) from the Open University - comprising of various natural sciences, animal physiology and health and social care. I also passed my British Horse Society Stage 1 and 2 and have has attended many courses with behavioural scientists learning about how animals learn and communicate.


In 2015 I attended a seminar with Professor Jaak Panksepp - a neuroscientist with a vast knowledge of emotions in animals.


I work on the LIMA principles of the Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive in both training and behaviour modification.


  • British Horse Society Stage 1 and 2 (1976/77)

  • ​Stage 1 Natural Animal Centre Equine Behaviour qualification. (2017)

  • BSc (Hons) from the Open University - comprising of various natural sciences, animal physiology and health and social care. (2001)

  • DBS Check

  • Full Driving Licence which allows her to drive small horse boxes and trailers


  • Photography

  • Crafts


"Perseverance is a Great Element of Success” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Volunteer Director & Equine Support Team


Retired Primary School Teacher and Grandma.  Didn't get into horses until late in life.  They came into my life as a result of "empty nest syndrome" when my only son left home to go to university.  Now own my own very special Highland Pony and have started jumping in my early sixties. Recently joined the committee of the local riding club.



  • With horses - have attended (and still do) lots of courses with Parelli Professionals and have regular lessons with a "Ride With Your Mind" instructor focusing on healthy biomechanics.


  • With children - I taught ages 5 to 8.  The 8 year olds were my favourite age group and especially naughty 8 year old boys! I trained as a Reading Recovery teacher and also did a training course with Olive Hickmott who specialises in celebrating dyslexia and strategies for dyslexic learners.

  • DBS Check

  • Full Driving Licence which allows her to drive small horse boxes and trailers


  • Since I retired everything I do now is a hobby!  Horse riding, gardening - I've started growing my own food,  photography, piano playing and learning British Sign Language.


They change all the time, but my current favourite is

"Boldness comes from confidence, confidence comes from success, so it is the job of the trainer to create lots of situations which guarantee success" Jack Le Goff. 

He is talking about horse riding training but I think it applies to any training.

Volunteer Equine Support Team


I'm Xanny, I am a mum to 2 beautiful children. I've always been a horsey girl every since I was little and love spending time outside. I'm funny, outgoing and caring.


I was Equine Partners first ever pony sharer and Charlie was brought to be my share pony in 2012.


  • NLP Diploma

  • DBS Check

  • Level 2 Distinction in Horse Care 

  • Equine Podiatry Certificate 

  • Equine Nutrition Certificate 

  • Previously Equine Therapeutic Horsemanship Client 

  • Previously Pony Share Client 

  • Volunteer


  • Creative work 

  • Spending time with my family

  • Listening and dancing to music 

  • Relaxing with a word search 


"One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world" - Buddha

Volunteer Fundraiser


Vicki is a mum to 4 amazing girls and wife to Paul, who also kindly volunteers his time when we need some muscles! During her time as a volunteer for Equine Partners Vicki ran a marathon and fundraised to set up Bella's Buddies, a project that was her idea.  

Vicki also took over the role of our administration when  Liz went on maternity leave. During this time she help us steam-line our admin functions and helped us re-design the feedback forms that we use today. 

From a child Vicki has had a love of horses and can often be found cuddling a pony whenever she comes to see us - something they are all happy to receive. 


  • Mum of 4 girls

  • Horse lover

  • Nurse & Midwife

  • First Aid 

  • Admin experience


  • Horses

  • Spending time with her family

  • Running

  • Travelling


“Comparison is the thief of joy” - Theodore Roosevelt

Volunteer Equine Support Team


Aimee was one of our original Pony Sharers when we started the project in 2010.  After expressing an interest in horse development Aimee became one of our first Horse Rehabilitation Mentees. 


Over the years she has become a crutial part of the team in looking after and training the horses, assisting with sessions and training new volunteers.


  • 8 years with Equine Partners

  • Riding lessons

  • Studying at Brinsbury College

  • Lessons with Parelli Instructor 


  • Horses

  • Spending time with Friends


" Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone" - Unknown