Equitan Equine Assisted Learning

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Your facilitators

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Owner / lead facilitator

Myscha Stafford

Myscha has been riding horses since the tender age of four. She has competed for over a decade at a provincial and national level in hunters, jumpers and equitation as well as providing side saddle educational demonstrations. She continues to be an avid rider, horse show judge and instructor. When not working with horses, Myscha is the Membership and Chapter Coordinator for Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association; Canada's largest horticultural organization.

Having spent several years in professional facilitation roles for various education programs, she delivers engaging programs to facilitate exercises for corporate and private groups, teams, families and couples to develop their team building, leadership and communication skills as they work with equine partners. Equitan has been her dream since the start of her university career and combines her passion and skill with horses with her desire to provide alternative strategies for those who have experiences trauma and mental health challenges, as well as individuals of all ages looking to develop skills necessary for personal and professional life. 

Certifications

• Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator
• Ontario Equestrian Federation, Bronze Level Judge

Education

Wilfrid Laurier University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), 2014

Memberships

• Equestrian Canada •Ontario Equestrian Federation •Ontario Hunter Jumper Association

Your equine partners

Bolero is a Hanoverian gelding. Sired by the legendary stallion Viva Voltaire, Bolero led a successful career as a competitive show horse for several years. The countless hours spent at horse shows have allowed Bo to tour the province and gain miles of life experience. Bolero, or more affectionately known as Bo, loves being the centre of attention. He is very patient and is committed to helping you reach the end goal of the exercises. 

 

 

 

 

Dora is a Percheron cross mare owned by Old Orchard Farm. Her nickname around the farm is Dora the Explorer and she holds true to her name through her inquisitive nature. She always aims to please but requires a strong leader who will give her clear directions and set boundaries for her. At only 6 years old she is still discovering the world around her and she can get a little distracted. She will teach you how to stay focused and to provide clear direction.

 

 

 

Mel is a Thoroughbred pony gelding. A former staple in Old Orchard Farm's riding lesson program, Mel has helped teach multiple riders about patience and clear communication. He requires a focused and confident leader to keep him on task. Mel will help to teach his partners about staying focused and will excel at teaching others to stay focused and communicate clearly.

Maggie is another Old Orchard farm resident. She shows her zest for life through her speed when being ridden but is more than happy to stand quietly for a cuddle. Maggie is a very sensitive lady and likes a quiet leader who will be patient with her. Her sensitivity and quietness make her an ideal partner for taking things slowly, communicating clearly and rewarding a job well done.