Rosie Edwards - Charity Founder & Programme Leader
Rosie is an experienced horse professional, currently working as a horse trainer and freelance riding instructor in North London in addition to running equine assisted learning courses for Learning Through Horses. See www.rosieedwardsequine.com for more information.
Rosie's core interest in horse training is in solving problem behaviour in horses. What she found is that in the majority of cases, undesirable behaviour in horses is a response to the behaviour of the horse's owner. In practice, this means that her work actually focuses more on changing the behaviour patterns of the horse's owner than the horse. Once the owner is able to effectively control their emotions and consistently train the horse in a logical, unemotional manner, the horse's behavioural problem is very quickly resolved.
This realisation was the trigger for Rosie's interest in using horse training as a means of facilitating the development of key life skills and the inspiration for setting up Learning Through Horses.
As a qualified associate of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), Rosie works for the charity Strength In Horses running equine assisted therapy programmes for schools as well as private clients alongside a clinical psychologist (for more info see here). This is extremely powerful work and has demonstrated the power that horses have to help young people struggling with mental health and behavioural problems. Working with the Strength in Horses team of psychologists Rosie has developed the Learning Through Horses programmes which focus on helping young people to develop tangible life and horsemanship skills and qualifications.
Georgia Wolfson - Programme Co-ordinator
Georgia has worked for Learning Through Horses since 2014 and is an indispensable member of the team. Georgia assists with the running of our autism specific groups as well as our Employability focused groups. Georgia's successful career history working in film production and working as an artist places her perfectly to offer CV and careers advice to learners on our programmes.
Sophie Anderson - Programme Co-ordinator
Sophie has over 7 years’ experience working with disadvantage and disabled youths in a variety of capacities, from respite foster care to behavioural management. She is an experienced horse person with over 20 years’ experience riding and working with horses, supported by a BSc Equine Studies and an MSc Developmental Psychology. Her MSc research focused on the “effects of equine assisted therapy for children and adolescents with autism”.
Jemma Hockley - Clinical Psychologist
Jemma is both a practicing Clinical Psychologist and experienced horsewoman. Jemma has been researching the use of horses in promoting mental wellbeing since 1998, with the aim of developing understanding and awareness of Equine Therapy amongst the mental health profession. Jemma is the founder of Strength In Horses which is based at the same centre as Learning Through Horses and offers equine assisted therapy. Jemma supports the LTH team with advice and support for dealing with clients with mental health problems. Often Learning Through Horses refers clients to SIH for more intensive therapeutic support when needed.
Billy - Jack Russell & Self Appointed Yard Manager
Billy oversees the yard, makes sure all rodents are kept in check, the horses behave themselves and lets us know when clients have arrived. For clients who are not afraid of dogs Billy likes to supervise groups although watch out when grooming horses, he tends to run off with the grooming brushes!
Emma Robinson - Voluntary PR Advisor
Emma volunteers as LTH’s PR Adviser in her free time. In her day job Emma is Director of Policy and Campaigns for a membership organisation in Westminster, and her professional life revolves around politics and communications. Emma grew up around horses, and loves to ride whenever she can. As a horse-lover, former School Governor and AimHigher Mentor, Emma is well-placed to help LTH raise its profile in the press and public arenas.
Alan Jenner - Chair of Trustees
Alan joined Learning Through Horses as a Trustee in 2014 and became Chair in 2015. Previously he worked for over 40 years in the state education system, initially as a teacher and for the last 18 years as a Head teacher, eventually supporting schools who found themselves in challenging circumstances. One of his schools had a dedicated Provision for Autism which was considered to be a centre of excellence.
He has also served on the Board of Directors of a local Education Business Partnership which aimed to improve the relationships between education and business through work related activities, developing young people’s understanding of the world of work whilst enhancing their employability skills.
His family own a horse, and he has witnessed the benefits that working with horses brings, particularly to children and young adults.
Sophie Leedham - Trustee
Sophie brings to Learning Through Horses her communications and fundraising experience as well as her experience in supporting vulnerable young people and adults in policy, research and frontline educational roles.
She began her career in the charity sector, leading the youth education and outreach wing of human rights charity, Aegis Trust and supporting its partner organisation, the Holocaust Centre. There she led fundraising initiatives and workshops with young people in schools, colleges and young offenders’ institutions across the UK to engage them with human rights issues and the global citizenship agenda. She then moved into a research role within the London Borough of Hackney’s Youth Offending Team where she helped to develop an information sharing and support plan review process between Children and Young People’s Services and education, police and not-for-profit partners and acted as the named Youth Offending Team researcher for the London Borough of Hackney’s Partnership Triage Unit, cited in the Monroe Review of Child Protection.
After working as a consultant for a policy and communications research agency’s not-for-profit sector clients she moved on to her current policy and communications role within the UK National Commission for UNESCO where she helps develop the UK’s contribution to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and bring the benefits of the Organisation to the UK.