Coaches 2017-09-16T21:31:24+00:00

Angela Lehwald - Langley, B.C. Canada

Mentor and Coach

Angela has had 'horse fever' for as long as she can remember. A native of Vancouver Island, B.C., her grade school years were spent riding, learning as much as she could about everything horse and attending 4H, Pony Club and local competitions where she participated in various disciplines, from Showmanship to Eventing. A circuitous route through University gave her a background in Animal Science and Dentistry and she's returned to her first love - horses! She says her real school started at 14, when she read and re-read Alois Podhajsky's Complete Training of the Horse and Rider. That gave her a foundation and appreciation of absolute respect for the horse and she has spent many years schooling with and studying clinicians that honour this. She was thrilled when she first saw the Masterson Method techniques at a two day seminar in the Yukon. She immediately saw the benefits to the horse, the softness of the techniques and how it so beautifully complements what she is achieving with her horses and students. The rest is history! Presently, she resides between Yukon and Salt Spring Island, where she rides, instructs and makes horses' lives better every day. Willing to travel to these areas: Whitehorse, Yukon; Fraser Valley, B.C. and Vancouver Island, B.C.

Anne Bailey - Fort Collins Colorado

Mentor and Coach

(Fort Collins, CO) Anne Bailey grew up in a suburb north of Chicago, showing Hunter/Jumpers competitively throughout the country. She loved horses from a very young age, and her Dad still refers to her first pony ride at the fair as "...the most expensive dime I ever spent...!" She had the opportunity to ride some amazing horses, clinic with some of the best including George Morris and Chris Kappler, and her summer spent as a working student under Rush and Carl Weeden of Brookwood Farm was both the best and the most exhausting summer she'd ever had. While Anne attended Colgate University in central New York, she studied "abroad" in Santa Fe New Mexico and Stockholm Sweden, and graduated with exactly no idea what to do with herself. After a brief stint as a secretary, she met a pediatric Occupational Therapist while she was the acting director of a therapeutic riding facility up in Sheridan Wyoming, and decided to pursue her Masters in O.T. at Colorado State University. For 10 years, she was inspired by the people she worked with, and loved the challenges to her problem-solving and activity-analysis skills. However, as she watched healthcare become less about helping people and more about the bottom line, she knew she needed a change. She was on a family vacation up at a northern Wyoming ranch when she realized she HAD to get back with horses - and found Jim's work. A divinely-inspired Google search for "Olympic Equine Massage" led to Jim's work. Anne knew after watching videos of Jim's work, and reading testimonials from his clients, that learning more about this Method was what she had to do! The journey to become a Certified Practitioner was challenging, with time and tears and trials, taking her to Kansas, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, and finally culminating in Iowa - but it was and continues to be totally worth it! Now that she is Certified, Anne loves how the Masterson Method helps horses release both physical and emotional tension - but that's just the beginning! She is continually amazed by how the relationship between horse and rider improves with each bodywork session. Teaching owners and riders about their horse's subtle communication, and seeing them learn to relate to their horses on an entirely deeper and more profound level is one of Anne's favorite parts of being on the wellness team.

Barbara Glass - Redmond Washington

Weekend Seminar Instructor and Coach

(Redmond, WA) Barbara has always enjoyed observing, connecting with, teaching and caring for animals since she was very young. She was able to have her own horse for the first time at five years of age and this was the beginning of a love and fascination with horses that continues today. After a few years of riding when she was a child, she had to give it up when her family moved. Despite what turned out to be a long time away, Barbara's love and connection was promptly felt when she walked into a barn in 2009 for what was intended to be only a "short" all came flooding back the moment she was near the horses. The smells and sounds of the barn reminded her of what she innately knew at the age of five: that the horses were so significant in her life. Barbara became a horse owner again in 2010 and now enjoys her interaction with the horses on many levels. Whether this interaction occurs through riding, training, grooming, hand walking or hanging out with a grazing horse in the field, she finds the collaboration between herself and the horses exciting and rewarding. Barbara first found The Masterson Method when her horse suffered a hind suspensory ligament injury. He underwent surgery and she wanted to provide support to promote healing as he attempted to come back to work. There were many months of hand walking and Barbara found that The Masterson Method supported relaxation, improvement in range of motion, overall mobility throughout the body and also, that it had a most positive effect on soundness of mind for her horse. The horse is reminded to "let down and release tension" which carries over to his work or performance, or in this case, the stress of not working as much and being able to handle more stall rest for healing. Barbara is an enthusiastic Masterson Method Practitioner for horses of all disciplines. She looks forward to sharing not only the physical benefits that are provided to the horse but also, the empathetic caring that can put the "light" back in a horse's eyes, especially when they have been dealing with a lot of discomfort. Barbara finds this work practical in terms of its ability to provide a visible physical outcome for the horse and equally as important that it imparts wisdom for horse and rider alike.

Barbara McCann - Belmont California

Mentor and Coach

(Belmont, CA) After a childhood of lessons and sharing a young thoroughbred with her sister, Barbara began working in the horse industry in the early 80's. She has worked at thoroughbred breeding farms, dressage and H/J show /sale barns and thoroughbred racetracks in Maryland and California. Exercising and grooming these hard working animals gave Barbara a strong desire to help these horses stay fit and feel good. Beginning in the early 90's she attended several Linda Tellington-Jones clinics and the quest was on to find modalities that would see the horse as a partner and include methods of improving their wellbeing. After attending a MastersonMethod weekend workshop several years ago she knew this was truly a method that filled those requirements. She is delighted to be certified as a MastersonMethod practioner and living in the San Francisco bay area that has almost as many horses as it does people.

Beata Filonowicz - Warsaw, Poland

Weekend Instructor and Coach

(Warsaw, Poland) Beata's passion for horses began at an early age. She rode as amateur show jumper until she acquired a horse whose challenges brought her to natural horsemanship. While studying natural horsemanship she became interested in horse behavior and horse psychology. She has been learning how to listen to what horses says, how to understand their behavior and how to read the smallest changes in their bodies ever since. When Beata started to look for a professional equine' bodywork course, she was immediately attracted by the Masterson Method because of its psychological approach and interactive form of communication with horses. Thanks to the method she believes she can better help horses and bring out their full athletic potential. She can see how the method has changed the behavior of horses she has worked with and has made their lives easier. In addition to being certified in the Masterson Method, Beata is trained in natural hoof trimming. She has also worked with Karen Rohlf (dressage, naturally method), Linda and Pat Parelli (Beata achieved level 3 of Parelli certification) and offers help with ground work for horses. Based in Warsaw, Beata is happy to travel to any location around Poland.

Beckie Haynes - Colton Oregon

Mentor and Coach

(Colton, OR) Beckie's love affair with horses was reignited in 2010, when she met Eve, a 6 year old, unstarted Cleveland Bay/Shire mare. It was love at first sight between them! Having shared a horse with her mom and siblings growing up in East Tennessee, having helped to start Thoroughbreds for the racetrack a couple of decades prior, and having an OTTB who had led her to natural horsemanship, she was ready to train a horse of her own. Through this relationship and sharing undemanding time with Eve, she learned more about the language of horses and found her way to the Masterson Method.Beckie has always loved and had an affinity for animals. However, her career paths have led her in many directions. Those paths have included working at her family's helicopter touring business, in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, being a bookstore manager, an exercise rider starting Thoroughbreds for the race track, a middle school teacher, and a dairy goat farmer ... to name a few. All of these paths have prepared her to come home to the healing work of putting hands on horses! She says, "This is the work I was born to do!!! To say I am grateful to have the opportunity work with horses, would be an understatement!" Beckie also loves to teach! Part of her work includes helping equestrians better understand how and where their horses are stuck as well as the biomechanics and anatomy of horses. She delights in her clients' expressions when they see and better understand those "stuck" places, and then see and feel their horse relax and respond with greater ease and range of motion ... sometimes for the first time! It changes the horse/human relationship, which is a delight to share!Presently, she is working with the Portland Mounted Police horses to help them move with ease in their demanding job, as well as with horses competing in OHSET, FFA, 4-H, Hunter/Jumpers, Dressage, Western disciplines, trail horses and retirees enjoying time in the field. She joyfully serves NW Oregon and SW Washington, and can be reached at, 541-660-7580. More information can be found at

Becky Tenges - Mequon Wisconsin

Advanced Instructor, Mentor and Coach

(Mequon, WI) Raised on a large Arabian horse breeding ranch in sunny Southern California and the daughter of a farrier, Becky Tenges grew up at the feet and on the backs of horses. From their over one hundred horses and the thousands more she held over the years while her dad did their feet, Becky learned the language of horses, the dialog of the herd and how to be safe with these amazing creatures. Becky earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis and then promptly jetted off to New York City where, deserting the passions of her youth for the promise of her future, she joined the world of finance and investment banking. After nearly twenty years in this industry in New York, Chicago and Milwaukee, Becky and her husband became the ecstatic parents of their two Russian-born daughters and Becky retired from that crazy world of finance. Thankfully, it was her two daughters who awoke in her the love and knowledge of horses that lay dormant for so many years. Initially brought back to horses for the therapeutic benefits they would provide to her eldest daughter, it has been the unrelenting drive and desire of her younger daughter which has fueled Becky's own return to active involvement with horses. Like many parents, Becky put the interests and desires of her kids above her own, so until 2011, Becky's participation in her daughter's horse activities was limited to Chauffeur, Paying Agent, Chief Safety Officer and Dispenser of Equine Wisdom to her appreciative (thankfully) daughter. In 2011, Becky's daughter 'ran out of horses' at their training barn that were suitable to her advancing abilities. Enter Prince Ivan, pictured above with Becky, into the Tenges family. After a successful first season on the Hunter A-Circuit, but in an aggravating turn of events, the Prince began to exhibit intermittent lameness not long after the end of his first show season. This caused the head trainer of their barn to bring in a new farrier to try to sort out the perplexing lameness issues. This new farrier helped to solve the issues and to bring Prince Ivan back to soundness. His skill, knowledge, wisdom and demeanor reminded Becky of her recently deceased dad and each time the farrier came to shoe, Becky spent time visiting and chatting with him. On one of his visits, the farrier declared that the horse he was working on was in such discomfort that it 'needed a good equine masseuse' which point he looked at Becky and asked: "Have you guys got a good one of those around here?" In that instant, Becky saw the path for how to use her wealth of horse experience and knowledge. An evening of internet research brought her to The Masterson Method and YouTube videos of Jim demonstrating his work. Drawn to the gentle nature of Jim's Method; the logic of his interactive approach to alleviating soreness, strain and tension; and that Jim's Method is something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse, Becky signed up for the next Certification Course...two weeks later and completed and equine anatomy course and the Masterson Method certification requirements over the course of the next 8 months. And the rest, as they say, is history. Website:

Carina Di Battista - Ringwood, UK


(Ringwood, Hampshire, UK) Carina has amalgamated over 35 years of experience, and training to provide an integrated healing system she calls R.E.S.H.A.P.E. Which is a system of integrating methods, that can facilitate a release of restrictive holding patterns in the body. Restoring the animals natural balance and flexibility, through touch and energetic alignment. It incorporates many different mediums such as Reiki/Healing, Acupressure/Shiatsu, Sports Massage Therapy/Body work, Photonic Therapy, Cranial Laser Reflex Technique, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Positional / myofascial release and Kinesiology. Working with both human and animals; she uses a non invasive gentle, light approach, where the patient dictates the pace. She is a fully Licensed member of the Association of Osteomyologists. She regularly works alongside Chiropractors (Human and Animal) Vets and GP's helping people with conditions such as stress, headaches, frozen shoulder, neck, back and knee problems and sciatic pain. Animals with stress, behavioral and mobility problems. Having spent a life of loving and caring for animals Carina began to use her healing skills in this area. Which lead to her joining Ingraham Academy of Zoopharmacognosy, ( Equine / small animal ) Advanced Photonic Therapy UK ( Equine/Canine/Human ) and The Healing Animal Organisation and achieving Diplomas in Equine and Small animal. She has since provided much comfort and relief to small animals and equines using her unique healing techniques. She continues to expand her skills in this area by attending ongoing training courses to enhance her technique and is delighted to have found Jim who brings it all together beautifully in his Masterson Method .Having completed the certification programme Carina is enjoying working with the team as a Phase II mentor.

Chantal Holder - Johannesburg, South Africa

Weekend Seminar Instructor and Coach

(Johannesburg. South Africa) Chantal is a qualified Physiotherapist currently residing in Johannesburg South Africa. She spent a few years travelling around studying in various places to further her qualification, including a stint at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, before finally finding her niche in animal therapy. She first became involved with animal body work in 2006, and studied advanced Canine Physiotherapy in 2007. By then she was already experimenting with body work on horses, and did an apprenticeship in Equine Physiotherapy with another physiotherapist in South Africa. Her first introduction to The Masterson Method was in 2009, when she was searching the website for methods of improving and developing her work with horses. Her next step was getting the dvd, and after studying the recording, she booked her trip to Palo Alto in 2010 to complete the advanced course held at the Red Barn at Stanford University. She was still slightly sceptical about the use of light touch, which is considerably different to some of the methods used in traditional physiotherapy, but following the huge jump in success she achieved with her sport horses back home by incorporating the MM techniques, she was soon using the Masterson Method as the predominant method in her work, and not just as an additional set of tools. Her equine practice grew rapidly and she was soon travelling all over the country, working at the top Showjumping events on the calendar. Her equine practice has continued to grow from strength to strength with each year, until Chantal was able to close her human practice in 2013 and now focuses solely on her passion, which is assisting top level sport horses to work, perform and achieve to their highest potential! Contact: Chantal Holder: Cellular phone: +27(0)82 883 9182 Email: /

Cheryl Fell - Bloomington Indiana


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Christina Pickard - Johnstown, Ontario, Canada

Mentor and Coach

(Johnstown, Ontario, Canada) Christina has been involved with horses for over 35 years. Having competed in AQHA All-Round events as a youth and young amateur, she put horses and showing on hold for a few years to focus on her career as a Registered Nurse. When the time came to get back into the horse world, Christina did so by purchasing a weanling. Enjoying the babies, another weanling was purchased two years later. It was then decided to lease a mare and breed her. This breeding resulted in a colt and one of Christina's current horses. A subsequent breeding resulted in a filly, and the reason that Christina found The Masterson Method. An intermittent, undetermined lameness began to plague this filly as a yearling. It was decided to turn her out and let her grow up. When it came time to start her training, the lameness came back. Having used an Equine Kinesiologist/bodyworker on her youth horse years before, and being intrigued with the positive changes it had made in this horse, Christina felt that this is what the filly needed. The practitioner had long since moved away, so Christina began to search for training programs to learn Equine massage/bodywork. It was at this time that she stumbled across the Masterson Method. At the time, it was a requirement that a student be certified in another modality, so Christina attended the Equissage Certification program in the fall of 2009. A Masterson Method weekend Seminar in Nov 2010 cemented her decision to obtain her Masterson Method certification. Christina attended a 5 day course in Wisconsin in May 2012 and completed the certification process in May 2013. Her business Upper Hand Equine Therapeutic Bodywork offers bodywork services to the equine residents of Eastern Ontario. Christina feels that The Masterson Method was the missing part of the puzzle for her. The results and benefits of this method are second to none. It is a method unlike any other, one you do "with the horse" rather than "to the horse". The filly is now sound and in training, a true testament to this method of bodywork.

Coralie Hughes - Coatesville Indiana

Advanced Instructor and Coach

(Resides in Coatesville, IN from April - December, and Wickenburg, AZ from Jan - Mar) Upon retiring from a challenging corporate career, Coralie sought to devote herself full-time to her lifelong love of horses. As is so often the case, she found her way to the Masterson Method in search of a way of helping her own horses. Certification quickly followed and then she began teaching the Masterson Method. She has taught the Advanced Class for over five years. She is the co-author with Jim of the Dressage Movements Revealed DVD and the Dressage Horse Optimized book.Coralie pursued a personal interest in the biomechanics of various disciplines to be a more astute bodyworker as well as deepening her effectiveness as trainer and rider. She has created a biomechanics course focusing on dressage, jumping and western events, either individually in a one day class or over multiple days covering several disciplines. In the course, the students paint the skeleton and muscles on the horse and watch it move after learning the basics of biomechanics. When the class is taught to bodyworkers, it includes bodywork practice on horses of the specific disciplines studied. The biomechanics class is also taught to students who are not bodyworkers. The biomechanics of the rider and how that affects the body of the horse are also included in the class.Coralie is a sought after speaker on numerous topics including: podcasts for the United States Dressage Federation on how bodywork can help a horse be at his best, a featured speaker at the 2016 United States Dressage Federation on horse and rider biomechanics and how the Masterson Method can help the performance horse be at his best, the work of Dr Kerry Ridgeway on ulcer points and the Masterson Method at the Pacific Hoofcare Conference.Coralie pursues the training of her dressage horses at her Indiana farm and hopes to finish the Silver performance medal soon. She cross-trains her horses in the skills of trail and obstacle negotiation to make them quieter and "useful". She has also developed a unique method of rehabbing horses that have had their backs ruined through incorrect riding. Coralie has translated six books on dressage and training from the original German by authors such as Gerhard Heuschmann, Anja Beran, Uta Graf, Ulrike Thiel and others. Coralie and her husband Robert winter in Wickenburg, Arizona, naturally with the horses! Equestrian Resume Coralie J HughesCoatesville, IN In brief... Lifelong equestrian across many disciplines (jumping, reining, competitive trail etc), devoted to dressage riding, teaching, training, equestrian book translation from the German, Masterson Method bodywork and running my own boarding facility after a long corporate career of significant responsibility. I lesson on several different horses every week from top area riders to continue to improve my riding and training knowledge. Equestrian Accomplishments USDF Bronze Medal recipient USDF L graduate with distinction, active schooling show judge Frequent winner of Indiana state awards (Indiana Dressage Society) Instructing experience In the 90's, taught jumping and English equitation to my daughters and their friends through ten years of County 4-H. Five years instructing boarders in dressage (without charge) after work Since 2010, post retirement from the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co, I have been teaching and training full time My program has been growing rapidly by word of mouth. There is a significant demand for dressage instruction in the area I live in and there are few opportunities. Instruct 15-20 students a week in dressage at Intro through Second level Twenty years experience teaching in the United States and internationally: foreign languages (German and Spanish) in corporations, university and in high school; competitive intelligence and market research in the US and internationally; reading and study skills at the middle school level. Training experience Putting in around 15 rides a week on customer horses Currently retraining several eventing horses whose teen-aged owners have been receiving low dressage scores Currently training my own Arab/Trakehner mare and Thoroughbred for dressage competition. Arab/Trakehner mare showing Second level, schooling upper level movements, Reserve Second Level Champion at recent sanctioned show. Thoroughbred currently showing First (just qualified for Regionals), schooling lateral work Multiple previous successful training experiences on my own horses across multiple disciplines Performance Horse Bodywork Certified practitioner of the Masterson Method, a multi-modality approach to relieve restriction and muscle tension in performance horses. Equestrian book translation Translated Gerhardt Heuschmann's new book for Trafalgar press. Currently working on a book by Ulrike Thiel Website:

Diane Howard - Troiry, France

Advanced Course Instructor, Mentor and Coach

(Troiry, France & Switzerland) Having worked to rehabilitate several "dangerous" horses, Diane is a firm believer that most equine behavioral problems stem from physical issues. She was delighted to discover the Masterson Method, with its emphasis on listening to what the horse has to say because horses really will let us know what they need. In the course of working with Jim Masterson and in her own practice, Diane has had experience with horses in most disciples, including dressage, show jumping, polo, reining, and trail riding. She is happy to design wellness programs to meet the individual needs of horse and rider. Her particular interests are horses with behavior problems and older horses. A life-long student, Diane has taken courses in equine anatomy and nutrition, as well as veterinarian-taught classes in arthritis and lameness, neuromuscular diseases, and care of the older horse. She is certified in Equissage equine massage and is currently training to become a TTouch Practitioner. Diane is the first person to certify as a Masterson Method Practitioner in Continental Europe. She works mainly in the greater Geneva area, but is willing to travel to other locations.

Dianne Adel - Marin County California


(Marin County, CA) Dianne has loved horses all her life. She has been doing bodywork with horses since 2010. Dianne has also been a Certified Massage Therapist for humans for more than 20 years and prior to that she had a successful career as a professional dancer in NYC. Dianne's passion of combining her love of healing, somatic awareness in the body, intuitive work and balanced embodied movement comes easily together in her work with horses. Her equine bodywork business, Equine Natural Feel focuses on the Masterson work . She also enjoys combining bodywork sessions for humans and horses to better optimize the positive effects of the horse's improvements with the Masterson work. Dianne is also passionate about teaching the Masterson Method as part of her practice and works with students and horse owners and with wellness programs for specific riding groups such as the Mounted Police and Equestrian organizations in the bay area. She enjoys helping owners come into a more harmonious relationship and attunement with their horses and loves the educational opportunities that naturally arise when owners see their horses respond so well to this work. Dianne loves trail riding with her horse in the beautiful landscapes of West Marin and she lives close by with her son and husband. She thoroughly enjoys working with inspirational trainers who value soft, balanced riding in a way that completely compliments the values of the Masterson work. For more information about Dianne's practice go to

Doris Bouchard - Sterling Connecticut


(Sterling, CT) Doris was certified as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist by Equissage of Virginia in April of 2005 and has been teaching the Equissage ESMT program in the northeast region along with her husband Ron, as Equissage New England / New York since May of 2008. She graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy as a Certified, Licensed Massage Therapist in 2006 with a focus on helping to balance the horse and rider team. Equissage NE-NY Website:

Erin Webber - Currumbin, Gold Coast


(Currumbin, Gold Coast, Australia) Erin Webber describes the horses she massages as athletes. Athletes whose high performance is regularly called on. Like any athlete, horses build a lot of tension in their muscles by pushing themselves to the limit. Common signs of tension like being lazy, stubborn, not wanting to move, not wanting to perform that is where the skilled horse masseuse can make all the difference. "The result of releasing the tension is better performance, more extension. The result is freedom and mobility," Erin Webber says. It saves the horse from problems later, Erin says. "Basically its pre-maintenance treatment." The treatment that the Currumbin-based horse masseuse does is called the Masterson Method developed in the US by horse bodyworker, Jim Masterson. Erin is the first to bring that technique to Australia after travelling to California to study under Masterson this year. Erin's experience in massage began in 1989 with humans. Her tension releasing skills have been praised by famous athletes like World champion surfers, Kelly Slater and Layne Beachley, and top singers like Grace Jones and Kate Cebrano. But in 2003, when she was living in Lennox Head, she shifted her passion away from humans to massage horses. It started with her own horse Xian, a little purebred Arab. Xian had a hairline fracture on the left humerus and the vet said he had a very good chance to recover, which he did. Looking back Erin says she applied the same principles as human massage to Xian's leg, "placing hands here and there." "I didn't know how to read a horse then. I could have done a lot more. It took 18 months to heal and I realized I wanted to study it [horse massage] and did with a lady called Sharon May Davis. She's amazing, the Queen of equine anatomy, known worldwide. Erin learned a lot from Davis and has applied it to hundreds of horses with good results, but she knew that she wanted the horses she treated to release even more. Through her personal studies and professional development she came across a horse masseur in the US, Jim Masterson. His gentle method created an interaction between the horse and practitioner in which the horse participated in the process of the release. Masterson's expertise can't be argued with. He was the bodyworker for the 2006 FEI World Endurance Championships in Terrenganu Malaysia , in England 2012 and used his method in the World Cup show jumping events and World Equestrian Games 2010 in Kentucky. Erin was blown out by the results that Masterson was getting. "Seeing what this guy did in America, I wanted it. The way they [the horses] responded just blew my mind." The signs that the horses are totally releasing are when they yawn, lick and chew. Since learning the technique from Masterson in California in January, Erin achieves this level of release with horses nearly every treatment. "I didn't think I would ever get a horse to yawn. I'm tapping into their behaviour and they certainly didn't do that before... He [Masterson] taught me that. They are a prey animal, they can feel a fly on them, so they can feel the most sensitive things. It's really about working in with that. Some of the best responses are from the lightest touch." The feedback from clients has been positive all round. "People want to know why they should see me. The technique makes the horse release 75 percent. It's complimentary to the chiropractic treatment, because the muscles are released. It's about releasing the horse's tension in a relaxed state." Erin Webber's home is in Currumbin, Gold Coast. Her equine massage practice. 'Release the potential" is mobile.

Fran Cilella - Holland Michigan

Mentor and Coach

(Holland, MI) When Fran retired from a corporate career in 2011, she knew that the next phase of her life needed to involve helping animals, and specifically horses. When she started looking for ideas on how she could best help horses and their riders, she came across the tangible benefits of equine massage therapy. Within months of 'retirement' she became a certified equine sports massage therapist. But it wasn't enough. She took another course, and then found The Masterson Method. After only the weekend course, she and her human customers took note of the huge difference the MM was making in their horses. Fran never looked back, and worked her way towards MM certification and building a growing business along the way. She serves a wide variety of equine breeds and disciplines. An avid dressage rider, Fran also volunteers with a local therapeutic riding program, with The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition and with various small animal rescues.

Janice Kennedy-Davison - Norwalk Iowa


(Norwalk, IA) I have loved horses since before I was born. Raised in Primrose, Iowa, I spent my youth riding horses through farm fields, down dusty gravel roads, and wandering for hours through Shimek State Forest in Southeast Iowa. College and city life in Des Moines, Iowa, kept me away from horses until the day I discovered a hunter/jumper barn near my home. I took a lesson and was promptly hooked. Several years later, my Dad bought an exceptional little black Quarter Horse with whom I fell in love. I took over the care of both of them when my father was laid up from double knee surgery. Knowing how much I loved the horse and grateful for my help, Dad gave me Shadow before returning home. I continue to be forever grateful for that; this horse changed my life. After 10 years and many adventures together, Shadow suffered a career ending injury out in the pasture. During the following year, I sought the help of vets, chiropractors, and equine bodyworkers to keep him happy and comfortable. It was during this time Shadow taught me that horses experiencing pain and discomfort will seek help from those they trust. And, if we listen very quietly, they will often show us where to look. I paid close attention and learned much from Shadow and all the other horses in my life during that time. After both my father and Shadow passed on, I decided to pursue formal training in equine bodywork. I knew first-hand the difference it can make. I traveled to California to train as an equine body worker through Equinology. After an intense externship, I received high marks and was certified as an Equinology Equine Body Worker. About that time, a good friend of mine happened to see Jim Masterson working on horses at her barn. She called to tell me about it and mentioned that it reminded her of the way she'd seen me working with horses; I should check into it. So I looked through the website, immediately contacted Jim, and was soon fortunate enough to be able to tag along one day to watch Jim working on horses. That was it. That's what I was looking for. It was the final piece of a puzzle I'd been trying to put together for years. Getting certified in the Masterson Method has been a truly rewarding and eventful journey for me. As a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and Coach, I work on a variety of horses; competitive hunter/jumpers, dressage athletes, trail horses, and all-around horses of 'leisure'; those without regular jobs but with owners who love them. The responses I receive from trainers, owners, and horses alike are enthusiastic! I now reside Norwalk, Iowa, near Des Moines, Iowa. You can reach me via email, phone, or text.

Jill Trueblood - Tonasket Washington

Mentor and Coach

(Tonasket, WA) Jill began her journey with horses at the age of 4 when her father bought her and her brother their first ponies. A series of unfortunate events took her away from the farm and moved the family to the city, but she always vowed to return to the country. Her mother found a way to get her to riding lessons once a week and she soon joined the local pony club. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to lease a horse in high school and learned a great deal more than what her riding lessons and pony club had taught her in a very short amount of time. Once off to college, she was away from horses for a period, but took Horse Training and Management as an elective for her last 2 semesters and worked at another college stable on the weekends. She continually felt there was something missing for her in the horse world and hoped that one day she would own her own horse. After many years of city life and touring the country with bands, she found the opportunity to move to a remote area in Washington with property bordering National Forest land. Several years prior to moving she had become licensed as a massage practitioner with the hopes of one day applying it to horses. Just after the move she attended the Northwest School of Animal Massage for certification as a large animal massage practitioner. However, at that time, it seemed that a large percentage of people in her area were incredulous that massage to horses would even be considered, so this aspect of her massage career seemed to be on-hold. About a year after moving, she began riding a horse for a neighbor and the neighbor asked her to keep two horses for winter. Jill played with them daily, all the while preparing for her dream of her own horse. While horse-sitting over the winter Jill came across Beyond Horse Massage at the local library and began practicing on her boarders. After winter was over and the owner collected her horses, Jill received a phone call from the owner asking, "What did you do to my horse?" After riding her older Arab, the neighbor said she found him to be substantially more relaxed through the poll than he had been in years and possibly through his entire life. Shortly after this, Jill got her first horse (Donnie D - a Rocky Mountain/Akhal Teke/Appaloosa). He was a very sensitive, unfinished horse and so the journey began. The spring after acquiring Donnie, she attended the Masterson Method weekend seminar and began seeing profound changes in their relationship. Enough so that she decided to follow through with the certification to complement her large animal massage certification. Jill is happy to say that the people in her immediate area have become increasingly interested in the effects of equine bodywork. In addition, she has been able to spread her client base outside of her immediate area. She is also pleased to report that her relationships with Donnie, her Kiger mustang, Nugget, and her partner's Quarter Horse, Leo, have all flourished as a result of her practice of The Masterson Method. She is passionate about the changes it has made in the horses she handles and enjoys hearing from those near her how positive the changes are for all of them (not to mention for her personally as well). She welcomes the growth of her equine practice as a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner. Jill is an avid reader and researcher, so she looks forward to adding several other modalities to her toolbox to complement this integrative technique.

Kathy Adams - Cape Town, South Africa


(Cape Town, Western Cape) Kathy has loved being around horses since she began riding lessons at around 10yrs of age. Fast forward many years, and she accidentally fell into a career with horses, as a natural hoofcare practitioner. It began when she picked up a book about keeping and trimming horses from a more natural perspective. She began studying foot function and attending clinics, so as to learn how to trim her own Thb gelding. She found it so fascinating and rewarding that next thing it turned into a full time career. A few years later, she decided she needed to expand her horizons and think about a secondary career, one that wouldn't be so taxing on her back. She attended a Myofascial release course, and a saddle fitting clinic with Dr Kerry Ridgeway, which were both very interesting but didn't really feel like the right direction on their own. Then she came across the Masterson Method, really liked what she saw and heard after doing some investigating, and took the plunge to sign up for the certification process. She has found the therapy incredibly rewarding, seeing how responsive the horses are to an approach that can be subtle yet so powerful, with undeniable results. But horses are subtle creatures, and this 'less is more' therapy fits in perfectly with her 'less is more' trimming method. Because of her trimming career, she is aware of how much movement and the horses' way of going can influence the feet, and how they grow and distort according to impact and weight distribution. So if a horse is sore, restricted, stiff or short striding, the feet will adapt and grow accordingly. It is also apparent that the horses which are often challenging to trim, are just sore, or they have tension or restrictions in their body, which makes it difficult for them to balance and tolerate the farrier position for example. And of course foot sensitivity, unbalanced feet and weak, underdeveloped foot structures which are not doing their job properly, can create problems in the body, because of the compensations and bracing in response to discomfort. So the bodywork goes hand in hand wonderfully with the hoof care. It's all connected, the one influences the other. To receive such encouraging feedback from clients, and to see the visible responses from the horses and the changes in their bodies during the session, has been a wonderfully motivating experience, and keeps her looking forward to the next one.

Kelly Jefferson - Austin Texas


(Austin, Tx) I got my first horse in the 6th grade; he came with a hackamore and no saddle. So began my love affair with horses. I rode every trail that existed near our small farm in Colorado, we trailered for camping in the mountains, did everything a kid should do on their horse. We were an adventurous pair. In my 20's life took a different turn, and unfortunately there was no room for a horse. I did not recognize how much I missed them until 20 years later. I began volunteering at a therapy barn so that I could reconnect somehow. Nothing has been the same since. From the moment I touched a horse again there was no stopping the new trajectory I had set in motion. I knew I wanted my work to somehow include horses. I thought I would try being a Therapeutic Riding Instructor, but there was always a voice in my head saying it was not the right job, keep searching. I had just started taking riding lessons again, and one day my horse came up lame. As I walked him back to his stall I passed someone doing "something" with a horse I had never seen before. I stopped dead in my tracks and asked, "What are you doing?" She explained she was doing Masterson Method Equine Bodywork and I could not believe my ears. I'd never heard of this, but bells were going off in my head. When she went on to explain that it was something that you and the horse did together, that they were an active participant in the process, my heart sang. I remember saying in that moment, "I'm going to do that. I am never so happy as when I'm with a horse. Time stops, everything is quiet, we are in the moment. I believe in this work and the positive impact it has on all equines.

Kim Dabolt - Sanford North Carolina


(Sanford, NC) Kim Dabolt has been certified in Equine Sports Massage Therapy since 2010 and a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and Phase ll Certification Mentor since 2012. Kim has a lifetime of being involved with horses in disciplines ranging from barrels to eventing to western pleasure to dressage to trails. These endeavors were met with varying degrees of success but always enjoyed. She has also been active in 4H as both a youth and adult leader. Kim loves sharing her passion for all things equine. With a career in research Microbiology Kim feels that there is always something new to learn. This extends to her horses. When her horse had an unresolved lameness and her daughter's horse was having trouble performing she wanted to know why and how to fix it. This led her to an insatiable interest in equine biomechanics and behavior. She feels that the Masterson Method combines these two interests beautifully. Kim is constantly learning more in her continuing conversation with the horse. Kim's equine bodywork practice serves a wide range of clients, from eventers to dressage, western pleasure to barrels, rescue to retired. Using the Masterson Method she is able to make the horse more relaxed and comfortable so that he is able to respond to training without stiffness or pain. Her bodywork sessions are done with the horse instead of to the horse. This in turn improves performance in the show ring or on the trail.

Laura Faber-Morris - Whitefish Montana


(Whitefish, MT) When I was introduced to Jim by a Ttouch practitioner years ago, I knew that Jim's work was exactly the missing piece for me as a horse professional. I trusted and went to a three day followed by a five day with Jim at Stanford. I walked away with the realization that in addition to what I was already doing, Masterson Method empowered me with more skills to relax and release tension and holding patterns from our 13 co-teaching lesson horses as well as a steadily growing number of client's horses. My business partner and I own and operate Wholistic Equine Center LLC, a school that teaches Connected Riding, TTEAM and body work to children and adults. They learn to ride with synchronicity in movement without tension in their bodies. I have incorporated The Masterson Method into our program as a complementary method to enhance the functioning and longevity of horses. At Wholistic Equine Center people from all disciplines learn how to better understand the connection between restrictions and tension in their body, the horse's body and how it influences movement. Aside from Wholistic Equine Center, I travel to different ranches throughout our valley where I provide Masterson Method body work to everything from dressage, hunter jumpers, cutting, reining, pleasure and packing horses. Now that The Masterson Method is in my cells, I can't imagine life without it, and neither can my horses. Wholistic Equine Center LLC, 1150 E. Edgewood Dr., Whitefish, Montana 59937, Certified Connected Riding Practitioner, Certified TTEAM Prac2.

Leigh Jackson - Cornwall, UK


(Cornwall, UK) Leigh Jackson comes from a farming background from West Cornwall in the UK. She and her husband currently have 5 horses at home, 5 Jack Russell terriers and a flock of Black Hebridean Sheep! Always keen on horses, she took her BHSAI in 1976, going on to work with HIS (Hunter Improvement Society) young stock near Ascot and whipping in for the Windsor Forest Bloodhounds (who hunted people, cross country runners). Traveling to Australia she worked on a small thoroughbred stud in the Hunter Valley, and after returning to the UK, worked in a number of yards including five years with polo ponies for Major Ronald Ferguson, polo ponies in the USA and then with hunters, eventers and in riding schools and private yards in the UK, and freelancing. When a friend asked for help with her 'difficult' mare it introduced them both to behaviourist and equine rehab specialist, Richard Maxwell and his wife Sam, and started her on a journey into helping horses with pain related issues. This has led and is leading her along an exciting path of self discovery too, as she is constantly looking to improve her own knowledge and understanding, not only of the psychology, but also the anatomy and physiology of the horse. She says, 'Every horse I meet has something to teach me, and the more I know, the more I know I have to learn'. In 2001 she qualified as a Human and Equine Bowen Therapist, and started to look into equine Anatomy and Physiology in more detail, attending a course entitled 'Equine Biomechanics, Gait Abnormalities & Applied Anatomy' with Dr.Hilary Clayton DVM, MRCVS at Writtle College, Essex. Leigh has also examined dissected human cadavers on the human Bowen course at St.Georges Hospital in London, and through that, also developed a fascination for learning through equine dissection. All this has led to her attending other courses as rider or auditor with people such as Dr.Deb Bennett, Kate Fenner at Kanadoo Equine, Dr Gerd Heuschmann, Gillian Higgins and her painted horse lectures, Marijke de Jong and Straightness Training (through classical principles), Ingela Larsson Smith and True Connection, and many more. Four years ago she discovered The Masterson Method when Jim did a 3 day seminar in Bristol in the UK, and attended 3 more weekend visits until Jim started to run professional training courses in the UK, and as they say, the rest is now history. As an MMCP, her advice to anyone starting on this method whether for their own horses or to become a practitioner, is to remember, It's ok to get things wrong, that's how we learn, and so do horses, so just remember when working on the horse 'Slow Down Lighten Up' and enjoy the journey. Leigh covers from Lands End to Exeter area and all others in between. If people get a small group together, she would consider Dorset. She lives near Launceston in Cornwall. Covering Cornwall, Devon and will go into Somerset.

Lisa Haldane - Tucson Arizona

Coach and Equine Musculo-Skeletal Performance Anatomy Instructor, Coach

(Tucson, AZ: October - May) and (Portland OR: June - September) A civil engineer working in the field of water resource management, Lisa was born in Bellflower, California, and has been around horses all her life. From tagging along as a kid wherever riding opportunities would arise to the past 10 years where she has developed a love of the ranch style events of cutting and working cowhorses. The lessons learned from being an owner of horses in these very challenging sports were what led Lisa to pursue training in equine bodywork, originally with the goal of helping her own horses and to better understand what might be warning signs that there could be soundness issues arising. The training in the Masterson Method has opened wide the door to an understanding of the level of feel possible between horse and human, both on the ground and in the saddle. Forever the student, Lisa plans to pursue ongoing education in the field of equine physiology and sports conditioning as well as find opportunities to teach others the same.

Lise Lunde - Brainerd Minnesota

Weekend Instructor, Mentor and Coach, and MM Equine Specialist Instructor

(Brainerd, MN) Since childhood Lise has had an interest in horses, taking advantage of any chance to take lessons or spend time with horse related activities. It wasn't until adulthood that the opportunity for owning horses became possible. Over the past 20 years she has participated in a variety of equine activities including distance riding competitions, dressage and trail riding. She has also been involved with Mounted Eagles, a therapeutic riding program for the last 5 years. Horses have been a constant in her adult life as personal and career changes as a nurse practitioner presented. Horses have provided her with the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. Her own horses have been an important part of creating a sense of balance in life over the years. An injury to her endurance horse several years ago, led to an interest in equine massage and certification in equine sports massage therapy. She has also been interested in complementary therapies for horses including acupressure and Reikki. More recently, challenges with performance and behavior with her own horses led her to find the Masterson Method. After attending the weekend seminar, she was sure that she had found a unique and effective way of working with horses. The journey to becoming a certified practitioner in the Masterson Method has reinforced this. The interaction and response of the horse using the Masterson Method has been rewarding as she has seen improvement in physical and behavior issues and more importantly improvement in her interactions and relationship with horses. Practicing the Masterson Method has increased her awareness of how "less is more" in many aspects of life with both horses and people. Lise is available in the Minnesota area.

Loni Langdon - Squaw Valley California

Weekend Instructor, Mentor and Coach

(Squaw Valley, CA) Loni's first experience with the Masterson Method was in 2013 when her show mule, Feather was injured. Loni sought help from a friend who was a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner. One session changed how Loni viewed her relationship with equines forever. Feather's body not only relaxed and released tension, but her personality shifted. Loni says "when Feather started to emulate some of the Masterson Method techniques on her own, I had to learn more!" Thus, Loni began the path to certification shortly thereafter. "My belief in the method was further confirmed when I began practicing the techniques on mules at the pack station. The mules actually started lining up for their turn, which to me is a real equine testimonial to the Masterson Method. She says "mules are very smart, inquisitive, kind and patient, yet quirky, and sometimes tricky which makes you dig a little deeper to understand their nature. Currently she enjoys being a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner and Coach with a special interest in mules. She positively loves helping equine and human realize the power of and communication possible with intentional touch. Loni's bodywork practice includes a variety of equines competing in high-level disciplines as well as working pack stock. She has recently expanded her practice to coaching owners and Masterson Method students (with Jim's encouragement), to help others experience how powerful the techniques are. She says "I find great joy when people experience the sensation of a horse relaxing under their fingertips". Loni believes it is very empowering when an owner can use their hands, energy and awareness to address discomfort or behavioral issues with their own horse, mule or donkey. Loni feels very grateful to have found the global community involved with Masterson Equine Services. It is an honor for her to be a contributing member of a dynamic team of equine professionals. She has lived in the Eastern Sierra where she apprenticed with a natural horsemanship trainer who specialized in helping clients understand equine behavior and worked in Yosemite National Park as a packer and back-country guide. It is in Bishop (home of the annual Mule Days Celebration) and Yosemite that she fell in love with mules. She now lives in the foothill community of Squaw Valley, California with her partner Zack. She enjoys showing her mule Fanny Mae in a variety of disciplines, raising Corriente cattle, gardening and working on her 38-acre ranch. The adventurous spirit and traveler in Loni enjoys taking her practice, All Equines Bodywork, to barns and ranches throughout Central California. (760) 920-5159

Lori Hoppe - Lake Country, BC and Calgary

Weekend Seminar Instructor and Coach

(Calgary, Alberta and Kelowna) Lori's natural attraction to equine bodywork started very soon after she began riding at her local hunter/jumper barns in 2003. As a human bodyworker/massage therapist her curiosity guided her to learning everything she could about horses with a strong focus on the horse's body language. During certification as an Equine Massage Therapist, Lori was given The Beyond Horse Massage Book by a friend and continued her studies becoming a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, Coach and Instructor. Her daily practice has developed into Horse and Rider Bodywork with the 'less is more' techniques easing into her human bodywork practice. "As an equine bodyworker I have a unique opportunity to cultivate relationships through the subtlest connection and communication in the extraordinary moment of touch." Lori's recent move to Kelowna, BC has given her the opportunity to continue sharing her passion for The Masterson Method in another community along with traveling to Calgary every other month to work with her equine clients, riders and coaching upcoming Masterson Method students. Lori has worked with a wide range of horses: dressage, trail, endurance, eventers, hunter/jumper, as well as lesson horses and aging equines

Lucie Klaassen - Gelderland, NL

Weekend Seminar Instructor and Coach

Like most people, Lucie found The Masterson Method because one of her horses was not sound. When 2 veterinarians told her 'nothing could be done anymore' she decided to learn everything she could to keep her horse as fit and healthy as possible. Lucie Klaassen is a certified instructor in Straightness Training, Centered Riding and Freestyle and a Squire in the Academic Art of Riding. She includes The Masterson Method into her work as she believes in the combination of training and bodywork, it brings the same relaxation and power to the horse in another form. If the spine can not move freely during the training, the energy can not flow and the movement will be restricted. By finding the body parts and junctions where the horse holds accumulated stress we can help to release tension and the horse will find more freedom of movement in the training. It is her passion to guide both horse and rider towards more balance, true connection, mutual trust and playful togetherness. Her specialty is horse behavior, communication, body awareness and physical and mental balance of both rider and horse. Teaching what you know, is the best way to learn and grow! Lucie is based in the Netherlands but she is traveling internationally giving Balanced Rider & Horse clinics and Body Awareness for Riders.Watch this 2 minute video of her journey with her horse: Youtube: Don't give up on your horse

Mark Fletcher - Lac la Hache, BC, Canada

Weekend Seminar Instructor and Coach

(British Columbia, Canada and Alaska) Mark presently resides in BC and Alaska. Retired after 42 wildfire seasons as a firefighter, smoke jumper, trainer and manager he is now committed full time to working with horses. He'll entertain you with horse stories from the mountains to fox hunting in New York, to television appearances. Mark's interest in equine body work began in 2000 when he studied to become a horseshoer. His teacher and others were experimenting with techniques which piqued his interest enough to seek training and certification in equine sports massage. At the time, Mark owned a trail riding business and needed to find a way to help his hard working equine partners stay sound. As time evolved Mark studied and practiced equine myo-fascia release and physical therapy techniques learned from successful therapists and practitioners in America and Canada. When Mark found The Masterson Method in 2015 he found the methodology, principles and techniques completely revolutionized his understanding of the equine and transformed his equine body work approach going forward. With a "mindful" horsemanship background Mark finds The Masterson Method compliments his goal of helping horses be healthy horses. He finds the Masterson Method results amazing and strives to continue his education and understanding in bio-mechanics and anatomy to perfect his practice. Mark finds The Masterson Method family and environment a positive and progressive way to learn while collaborating and networking with other practitioners and students. He says "peer review and assistance is a great way to stay current and augment my ability to help the clients I serve." Mark reflects, "any equine performing any discipline at any level from grand prix dressage to mountain packers, therapy and rodeo horses, hunter/jumpers to pleasure can all benefit from this results based, interactive method of alleviating soreness, strain and tension and enhancing performance." Mark is keen to meet and serve present and new clients, both western and english, all across Canada and Alaska and is willing to travel to do so. He's available to teach Weekend Seminars in Canada from coast to coast.

Mary Last - Wellington Florida

Weekend Seminar Instructor, Mentor and Coach

(Wellington, FL) Mary grew up in the Ohio countryside loving horses. A trait passed down from her "Tennessee farm boy" father. Yearly summer trips to Tennessee and West Virginia always included fun rides and adventures with the family horses (especially at the Tennessee Walking Horse Farm). She finally got her first Pinto pony, Princess, at age 8 then had a Paint horse. Mary enjoyed pleasure riding and "playing" until she moved to Florida shortly after HS graduation. Life intervened and she moved away from horses until her young daughter became obsessed at the age of 3. That's all it took to refuel her desire as well. After a bout of driving her daughter around to lesson horses, came the purchase of her horse (Appendix), a horse trailer, then a second horse (QH), and hauling her daughter to lessons, shows, trail riding together and with friends. It was Mary's purchase of her three and a half year old "wanna be stallion" Appendix in July, 2000 that led her to natural horsemanship to seek and find the partnership she had remembered from her youth. That process of reading the horse, speaking their language and "less is more" approach sparked a desire to further learn more about helping the horse in a non-invasive way. Mary became a Certified Sports Massage Therapist in 2004, and started attending a multitude of related courses. Life again intervened when Mary entered the corporate world. She was soon spending more time inside than out and one day realized the need to feed her passion when she rediscovered The Masterson Method near the end of 2012 and immediately signed up for the next 2-day course offered in Florida which was February, 2013. Jim's technique was a great fit, the perfect marriage and natural progression to her horsemanship principals. She formed her company, "Hands On" Equine Services, Inc., in January, 2013, took the 2-day seminar in February, signed up for the next Florida 5-day advanced course offered in December and vowed to be certified within the following year. She met that goal and hasn't looked back since. Mary wholeheartedly believes in her motto, "It's all about the horse!", and continues to educate herself to better serve them. Mary currently has clients ranging from backyard, rehab and the multi-disciplined. She also gives back to some very special horses by donating her services to the Healing Horse Therapy Center which provides equine assisted therapy and psychotherapeutic programs to Veterans and special needs individuals.

Mary Kate Henry - Hartland Wisconsin


(Hartland, WI) As a lifelong rider, owner, professional groom, Veterinary Assistant, etc., Mary Kate attended a 4H county project meeting where an Equine Massage Therapist gave a demonstration in the year 2000. She learned quite a bit more about alternative therapies for horses at various State 4H leaders conferences and equine related events through the years. In March 2010, after retiring from her first 25-year career, she jumped full tilt into an equine sports massage program for certification. After consultation with a respected local equine chiropractor, MK also decided to pursue education as a human massage therapist, acquiring her Wisconsin state license in March 2011. With a passion for working with horse and rider teams as part of their support network, the Masterson Method provides an effective tool for maintaining the competitive horse. She would love for all of her clients to become Masterson Method students, along with everyone handling their horses, because she believes everyone can use these techniques to effect positive change in the horse. Understanding that this is not a path all will follow, if you are interested to see what she can do for your equine partner contact her at (262) 844-6024, on Facebook as Mary Kate Henry.

Mary Kay Burkart - Berryville Virginia

Mentor and Coach

(Berryville, VA) A familiar theme to many of us, the inner "Call of the Horse" from the time we can remember, and an enchantment with their very nature, athleticism and beauty, was likewise a lifelong passion for Mary Kay that led to many meaningful, treasured relationships and favorite places, a clear path to living a healthful, balanced life, and more recently, fulfilled a long-held heart's desire. As a youngster, she was fortunate to spend summers working on a friend's horse and dairy farm in the mountains of western Maryland. Their annual herds of 30+ horses and ponies carried large groups of vacationers along picturesque trails overlooking Deep Creek Lake. This talented family used teams of Belgians, Percherons, even Mammoth Mules for farm chores, harvesting hay/oats, and weekly hayrides. At the Horse Pulls during Fair Week, those proud Belgians consistently out-lasted the heavyweight teams! Everyday, she and her friends guided trail rides up and down the scenic Appalachian hills while the horses diligently made their way. As was usually the case for all involved in the farm's subsistence, the horse's backs and feet were often tired and sore. In spite of giving them extra feed, hay, rest, and baths, Mary Kay longed to give those horses something more, something extra special in order to help them revive and recover...something...something, she says, "I just couldn't put my finger on!!!" Later, while raising a family in the suburbs, Mary Kay found strength and fitness training to be the most efficient, effective way to regain the natural well-being and athleticism she had known from her years on the farm. She Certified under a former Olympic Bobsled and NFL Strength Coach as a Personal Trainer/Conditioning Specialist, with a focus on training new moms. The practice and study of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, recovery, and nutrition were integral. With the help of another generous and competent mentor, she competed in and won her Middleweight class at the '93 Northeast Natural Bodybuilding Competition when her second child was 18 months old. Moving to a small farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 2000 enabled her to return to a rural lifestyle, share it with family and friends, and happily focus on personal training several Quarter Horses! This new perspective included the Classic philosophies of such modern Masters as Tom Dorrance, Mark Rashid, Karen Rolf, and Manolo Mendez, and Certifications in Rider Biomechanics and Equissage Equine Sports Massage. When Mary Kay discovered the Masterson Method and observed the remarkable changes and improvements in her horses' movement, range of motion, performance, recovery and well-being, she immediately undertook the Advanced Fieldwork Certification Course. Amazingly, the once elusive, "Missing Piece" she had longed to provide those hard-working horses of her youth, "literally and figuratively," she says, "fell into my hands!!!"Completing the Masterson Case Studies opened another door into the diverse, thriving world of horses in Therapeutic settings. Volunteer work on, with, and for the horses in numerous community programs offered at Loudoun Therapeutic Riding was enriching and inspiring. As one of the oldest and largest facilities in Virginia, Mary Kay describes LTR as "a prime example of another dedicated group of talented professionals fully committed to meeting the needs of their community, and serving the greater good." To that end, she participated in the first Masterson Method Pilot Course developed and given by senior Masterson Method Instructors in 2015 who explored and refined a future, additional Certification of Masterson Method Equine Specialist (MMES), specifically designed for use in Therapeutic settings, and emphasizing the importance and significance of 'giving back' to the horse. Upon the excellent advice of her First-Block Coach, Mary Kay participated in a Whole-Horse Dissection given by Equine Osteopath Dr. Anne-Marie Hancock, DVM and her well-known and respected colleague, Master Farrier Paige Poss. Their astounding, dignified expertise provided the large group (which included several other Veterinarians, Cranial-Sacral students, and a NYC Sculptor) an amazing and illuminating experience, and one that most certainly enhanced her understanding and practice of the Masterson Method. In addition, Mary Kay attended a Workshop developed by Natural Horsemen (and MMCPs!) Mark and Chrissy Rashid, designed especially for MMCPs and Students interested in bringing the many benefits of Aikido Martial Arts to the practice of Equine Bodywork and Horsemanship as well. The extent and value of their incredible ideas, exercises, and expertise could not be contained in just three marvelous days! Mary Kay wishes to express her appreciation and admiration to each and everyone in the Masterson Method organization for their outstanding professional Programs, Seminars, and Mentorships, and the dedication, inspiration, generosity and integrity they instill in service to horses and the people who care for them.

Nadine Vollmerg - Napier, New Zealand


(Napier, New Zealand) Born and raised in Germany, Nadine's love of horses was first sparked, when she spent one of her school holidays at a stable where she learned the basics around horse care and riding. She started training under Hubertus Schmidt, who went on to become an accomplished Olympian Dressage rider. When the opportunity arose for her father to rescue an abandoned Pony Nadine and her sister had their dream come true to own their first Pony. Dressage and Showjumping were the main areas of focus during that time and the special connection with the horses of course. A few years after moving to New Zealand, her mother's home country, Nadine immersed herself in studying Animal Homeopathy for 4 years, then on to Equine Craniosacral and from there diverged slightly to qualify as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist for Humans. Fast forward a few years to the day when one of her human clients happened to be a riding instructor who asked her to work with one of the Grand Prix Showjumping Ponies she was supporting. Somehow this experience rekindled the desire and motivation to help horses in a more profound way, leading to further studies specifically in the Equine field (Neuro-Myofascial Release, Kinesio Taping). During this time she also stumbled across one of The Masterson Method, YouTube videos. Being absolutely fascinated by the whole concept and way of working with the horse, she tried it straight away and found it matched exactly what she had been looking for all these years. Becoming the first Certified MM Practitioner in New Zealand is certainly an accomplishment she is proud of. One of her goals is to spread awareness about The Masterson Method around New Zealand. She is available for Demos and Bodywork by arrangement, to inspire others to use and study this amazing modality for the benefit of our horses. FB:

Nikki Kagan - Elyachin, Isreal

Weekend Seminar Instructor and Coach

Nikki Kagan, Founder, HorseSense International and Principal of Kagan Management Resources, an Israeli-based consulting firm, has a long and successful track record when it comes to helping individuals and teams develop their personal and professional interpersonal and leadership skills. And now she has extended her skills to help horses become more comfortable, supple, and more fluid in movement. In addition to becoming a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, she is also certified in Equine Acupressure and Reike 1 & 2. To complement her varied and extensive equine studies, Nikki is also a licensed, certified trainer and partner of HorseDream International. She has now devoted nearly 10 years to her work in the field of Equine Assisted Development, and brings 25+ years of experience as a corporate facilitator, coach and consultant. She has traveled worldwide assisting senior and mid-level management teams and individuals develop their ability to lead, motivate, resolve conflicts and gain traction around challenging and complex issues.

Samantha Walker - Deerfield New Hampshire

Weekend Seminar Instructor, Mentor and Coach

(Deerfield, NH) Samantha's intuitive gifts and four decades of equine knowledge blend perfectly with the Masterson Method's unique form of bodywork. Initially drawn to the modality after observing its healing effects on a friend's mare, Samantha resolved to immerse herself in study and complete the certification process. An accomplished Masterson Method Certified Practitioner, (MMCP) her experience with a wide variety of disciplines (including racing, polo, driving, eventing, endurance, and hippotherapy) provides added insight and context to each session. A dedicated ambassador of the method, she coaches fieldwork students, assists in seminars and workshops, and encourages owners to develop their own skills. Her favorite teaching tool is Slim-Z, a zebra skeleton which travels with her whenever possible. An active volunteer, she supports dog rescue, equine therapy, living history, and multiple neighborhood causes. She and her family (two and four-legged) recently purchased a historic Colonial property and are excited to become its latest stewards. Samantha offers reasonable travel rates for visits to clients and students who live beyond her immediate service area.

Sandy Vreeburg - Aptos California

Advanced Instructor, Mentor and Coach

(Aptos, CA) After nearly 4 decades in the saddle, Sandy Vreeburg's passion for riding is continually revitalized every time she has the opportunity to work with a new horse. Her goal is and has always been to ride with a great "feel" and a light touch, despite the challenges that come with learning the idiosyncrasies of each individual horse. Sandy started out by riding the "orphan "horse in the barn, as she didn't own her own horse until her late twenties. Rides were always unpredictable and often did not go as planned, but she gathered a great equine education along the way. Sandy began competing in her early thirties and became fascinated with "form to function" conformation. She studied bloodlines, conformation, and dispositions of proven producers and performers. Saving her money and her travel miles, Sandy set up trips with other interested buyers and their trainers and shopped in Texas, Nebraska and Oklahoma where the Quarter Horse prospects were plentiful. She loved selecting her gawky yet promising long yearling and bringing him or her home to begin a thorough training process to ultimately find the event for which the horse was best suited. Sandy successfully competed in various disciplines with each of her horses in the AQHA shows. Once she reached the point where the horse was confident, balanced and ready to go, Sandy would find the right buyer, say a very difficult goodbye, and start the routine all over again. While it never got any easier to move on from a beloved four legged friend - especially after his or her capabilities had been refined - Sandy continued to seek the challenge of developing new horses, as her love for the process is always greater than the end result. After her two children reached their high school and college graduations, Sandy knew that she wanted to find a way to earn money by putting her unique equine skill set to use. She has always given her horse the care necessary to keep it at its best, which sometimes meant hiring specialists in equine chiropractic, acupressure or myofascial massage work. So, naturally, she thought, "why not pursue a career in one of these modalities?" Soon after considering this, Sandy saw an article on the Masterson Method in a well-known horse publication. She read the article and practiced the Bladder Meridian Technique the following day on her horse. After she had gone over her horse's body, Sandy waited patiently while she placed her fingers over the horse's Ting Points at the back of her left front hoof. Suddenly, the horse lowered her head, turned toward Sandy and licked her face as though she was her newborn foal. She was sold! This method has reopened Sandy's eyes to the extreme sensitivity and responsiveness of our equine partners. Sandy's relationship with her own horse and how she approaches others has improved immensely since she began to practice this technique. While she has always thrived on being productive, the Masterson Method has taught Sandy to slow down, be in the moment and truly wait to see what the horse has to say. The responses of the horses that Sandy has worked on, and that of their owners, have been delightfully overwhelming. She is thrilled to be a proud member of the Masterson Method Certified Practitioners. Sandy currently lives in the Santa Cruz area and has four legged clients in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Portola Valley and Woodside. She can be reached at Website:

Sara Hein - Milwaukee Wisconsin

Mentor and Coach

(Milwaukee, WI) Sara grew up loving horses, riding and taking lessons as often as possible. She came back to the sport as an adult, taking lessons in hunt seat at a local stable, and leasing and owning a number of horses; she eventually taught, and then managed, the large riding school at that stable. Sara was introduced to the Masterson Method by a practitioner who spotted the very anxious rescue pony with which she was working. With one simple technique, the practitioner brought that pony its first moment of relaxation. Sara went to the weekend course and practiced those basic techniques on the rescue pony, who clearly benefited. She started working on other horses in the stable, and saw positive results. Wanting to know more, she attended the next level course, and fell in love with the Masterson Method system and what it could do for a horse. Now a Certified Practitioner, Sara loves working on horses and seeing the positive results.

Vanessa Helvey - Tucson Arizona

Advanced Instructor and Coach

(Tucson, AZ) Vanessa grew up with a mother who loved cutting horses and a father who enjoyed roping, but it was not until later in life that the real love affair with horses began. After graduating from college with a Liberal Arts Degree, Vanessa landed a position with the Denton Convention and Visitor Bureau where she became active with their famed North Texas Horse Country Tours. Living and working in one of the most densely populated areas for horses in the US, she began a journey to learn as much as possible about horses and their care. A particularly bad riding experience led her on a path to explore equine behavior in relation to structural imbalance and discomfort. She began to study conformation, biomechanics and equine fitness, and that is how she found the Masterson Method. The techniques worked beautifully on a variety of horses Vanessa had access to and it became a way to interact with them on the most intimate of levels. She noticed that the "old guys" became easier to catch in the pasture, easier to handle due to a more accepting and willing attitude, and there was a measurable improvement in the horses' range of motion and flexibility. Vanessa has cultivated a kind of sensitivity to our equine companions that could not have been accomplished any other way than through the Masterson Method. Now that she has found the perfect mount in a retired cow horse, she looks forward to becoming a better rider in such diverse disciplines as cutting and classical dressage. Vanessa has found her calling in serving the equine community, whether it be a high-performance reiner or a backyard pony.

Vicky Devlin - West Yorkshire, UK

Weekend Seminar Instructor, Mentor, Coach, and Overseas Manager

(West Yorkshire, UK) Vicky Devlin has spent her whole life enjoying the company of horses. She rides for pleasure enjoying long distance treks on her horses. She has studied with Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling in Denmark, where she learned the importance of body language around horses. It was on this course Vicky realized how much horses are trying to speak to us through their own body language. She has also studied horse psychology with Kelly Marks and is currently studying the impact we have on the horses physical ability through ridden work. She met Jim Masterson by accident when she offered to help a friend with a weekend seminar. It was a true revelation to her when she saw the way Jim was working with the horses, he was listening to them in the same way as Klaus Hempfling did but instead of using this information for training he was using it to help them relax and release tension in their bodies. Horses hide pain. It is natural to them so our job is to help them release the tension that could turn into discomfort later. What better way to do this than ask them and let them guide us through the process. Not only do they benefit but they enjoy it too!! Vicky is delighted to have completed the certification program. She is based in West Yorkshire and is happy to travel to any location in the UK. She can be reached by phone: 07968 550758 or email: or through her website: Or on Facebook at:!/HorseRelaxation

Walter Saxe - Egestorf, Germany

Weekend Seminar Instructor, Mentor and Coach

(Egestorf, Germany) Walter found his love for horses when he was just 5 years old. Although his parents were no horse people, he has been dreaming during his whole childhood to have a horse for himself. At 18 years of age he bought his first gelding and since then he has never stopped to let those loveable beings be part of his life. The awareness to be responsible for their well-being has been growing from year to year. The harmony between rider and horse became one of his primary goals. The principals of classical riding and the positive influence and devotion of sensitive coaches taught him the right balance between ambition and partnership with his horses. As an eventing rider and coach he appreciates the tight relationship and high commitment to his horses. By chance he read about the Masterson Method and was immediately thrilled. He bought the book and DVD and started his awesome journey into horses' body and soul. The weekend seminar, the advanced course, fieldwork-studies and certification lasted 19 month. The gratefulness and deep connection that where built up to all treated horses keeps on fascinating him. His key experience was the "mysterious lameness" of Alonso, a 7 years old eventing gelding. All thinkable therapies and examinations could not help him. Walter was his last chance. The icing in the cake to believe in the effectiveness of Jim's method was Alonso's rescue, as he walked clearly after 3 sessions. A lot of beautiful sporthorses have been enjoying in the meantime the Masterson Method and have increased visibly their performance. Walter's biggest aim is that many horsepeople in Germany experience the Masterson Method for their horses and start to learn it for themselves. Phone +49 171 3771997 Mail: walter.saxe@mastersonmethod.deFB: Walter Saxe - Masterson Method

Yvonne Ohlensehlen - Hereford Arizona

Weekend Seminar Instructor and Coach

(Hereford, AZ) Born into a lifelong passion for horses, working, riding and owning horses of her own for 30+ years, she was looking for something she could do for our equine companions after retiring from 27 years in law enforcement as an Iowa State Trooper. Realizing regardless of the performance and job required of a horse, they too have discomforts and soreness as any athlete would have, there had to be more than just covering up a horse's problem with pain medication and that Chiropractic adjustments weren't always the answer, her quest began researching the many different modalities available that would suit her and the needs of our equine partners, she finally chose the Masterson Method The unique integrations of this bodywork, the gentle approach and working with the horse and not on the horse, creates an intuitive interaction between the horse and practitioner that increases trust, bonding and understanding.