I first learned about positive reinforcement training techniques in 2001 and quickly became obsessed with learning everything I could about the science and the art of applied behaviour analysis, operant conditioning and particularly the use of positive reinforcement (clicker training) with dogs and horses. I have been fortunate enough to learn in person from some of the world's best trainers, including Kay Laurence, Dr Susan Friedman, Shawna Karrasch, Mary Concannon, Steve White, Georgia Bruce and the incomparable Bob Bailey. I also read extensively and continuously on the topic, both published books as well as various online groups and sites. The learning never stops!
I originally trained as a vet nurse in my early twenties before going on to work with Guide Dogs and then Customs drug detector dogs. Ultimately I decided to keep my training as a hobby and passion rather than a full-time job so that I could have the freedom to explore different methods and non-traditional techniques. I have clicker trained all sorts of animals, from dogs and horses to cats, rats and pigs, but over the last decade I have focused primarily on horses. Although I have ridden all my life, as an adult I have spent most of my time raising and training youngsters and wild Kaimanawas. Recently I bought a young warmblood mare that I am carefully bringing on and plan to do dressage and showhunter with.
I have extensive experience in teaching adults from my professional career working in government and large corporates, as well as from delivering countless lessons, clinics and coaching sessions to dog and horse owners. I am white hot passionate about positive reinforcement training for all animals, but most especially for horses, and I absolutely love sharing my passion with horse people of all descriptions.
I live on a small block in Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealand with my animals and young family, and travel around both the North and South Islands to deliver clinics and lessons. Please contact me with any questions.