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" Together we can do great things” Mother Theresa


Ann is passionate about the finer detail of making your experience with us at the Athena Herd Foundation second to none.


  • First Aid at work;
  • Mental Health First Aid;
  • Food hygiene.


  • Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy / Learning.
  • Athena Herd Foundation Level 4 Diploma: Equine Facilitated Learning


Ann is one of the Directors @ Athena, Ann has spent a lifetime with animals. She recognises the positive effect that the company of animals has on individuals, especially after challenging times.  In addition to owning horses for nearly 50 years, she is also an experienced dog owner, handler and trainer.  Ann excels in attention to detail.

More recently, Ann has regularly been supporting the Community funded project work at the Athena Herd Foundation.


Michelle is passionate about energy healing, health and well being. This means that she is committed to making sure that everyone, animals and humans, is looked after and generally fit and well here at the Athena Herd Foundation.


  • Athena Herd Foundation Diploma: Equine Facilitated Practitioner;
  • Certified Agent of Consciousness;
  • Certified Reiki Master;
  • Animal Reiki Practitioner;
  • Laughter Yoga Wellness.


  • MiMer Centre Equines in Therapy Training 1&2.


Also one of the Directors @ Athena, Michelle has a lifetime of healing work experience.  During a session with Michelle, Michelle will draw on different techniques such as dowsing, chakra healing, balancing and holistic Reiki as appropriate. Enabling clients to have the right healing, where your body needs it most.

Michelle, on completion of her Level 4 Athena Herd Foundation: Equine Facilitated Practitioner Diploma has regularly supported on the Athena Herd Foundation Community funded projects. accpt senior member


Tom has worked with horses all his life, from making youngsters to retraining problem horses. He played and coached polo internationally, and has seen how powerful the bond of horse to human can be throughout his working life.

Tom stopped Polo to re focus his passion for learning about horses and horsemanship and how they can positively effect humans wellbeing. During this time he started working with children with Special Educational Needs and Anxiety. This work along with assisting at Athena Herd has cemented his thoughts of how horses can support people, and ignited a fire to do help as much as possible to advance the work of Equine Facilitated learning.


HPA polo association
Senior Member of ACCPH


Tom has a lifetime of working with horses full time including 25yrs of professional sports coaching and horse training alongside managing stables with up too 100 horses on site. He also manages the grounds of the estate he is based at, including both arable and pasture.

Tom has 7 years experience in the Equine Facilitated Learning world, specialising in helping Children and families within the SEN sector.

Most recently Tom has been supporting sessions with RBLi veterans at Athena Herd Foundation and working as a mentor supporting our online Certificate in Equine Facilitated Learning programmes.


Level 4 diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning
Licensed Rickter Scale Practitioner
Trained first aider
HPA Qualified Coach
Mentor with Athena Herd Foundation


Joanne is continually amazed at the great bond between humans and horses and how this can positively impact on our mental health and emotional wellbeing. In a world where young people are under tremendous stress and often struggle with anxiety, Joanne is committed to giving them a means to view themselves differently and to develop relationships that previously seemed impossible.

Joanne seeks to share the great pleasure and rewards that can be derived from working with horses on all levels.


Joanne has taught young people with learning difficulties, ASD and emotional and behaviour difficulties for over 25 years and has been an Instructor with RDA for over 30 years.

Along with her family have spent a lifetime riding producing young horse and ponies and competing at all levels.

As part of the Athena Herd Foundation team, she is now hosting training programmes in Northern Ireland as well as delivering Equine Facilitated Learning.

Qualifications and memberships:

Masters degree in education (specializing in SEN)                             

Level 4 Equine Facilitated Practitioner Diploma

UKCC Level 2 Equestrian coach

RDA Coach and coach developer

accpt senior memberSenior Member of ACCPH


Elizabeth is committed to helping others discover new ways of thinking about themselves and of interacting and connecting with other people.


As a parent to twelve children, including those with both physical and emotional disabilities including PTSD, Elizabeth understands first hand the challenges come with such a role. As well as parenting experience, she has taught music for over twenty-five years in both private and group settings, has been involved with horses since the age of ten, and has volunteered with PATH riding programs. Elizabeth is also a parenting coach, mentoring parents for the past ten years.

Qualifications and Memberships:

Masters degree in Education
Level 4 diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning
Senior Member of ACCPH
Mentor with Athena Herd Foundation

accpt senior member

The Athena Herd Foundation team is made up of independent consultants. Each member brings a wealth of experience in their particular field of expertise. Please note that the members of the Athena Herd Foundation Team are not employed by the Athena Herd Foundation CIC.