Anneke Gouws

There are constants throughout life.  Our faith, family and if we are lucky, friends.  One of my constants has been horses.  However, I never considered that I will be lucky enough to work with them on a daily basis, as well as helping others.

Although I started out after school with Equine Studies in Pretoria, I finished with a B-Tech degree in Office Management and Technology.  Thus I found myself working in a corporate environment, but slowly felt that I needed to do more.  In 2008 I did a course, “Leadership through gift of horses” and when I came home I thought I had missed my calling! I never knew that it was possible to combine counselling/psychology with horses.  However, two years later I decided to start doing a Counselling qualification and slowly worked towards making a career move.  Since then I finished my certification in EAGALA, EQASA Stable Management and continue education through SARDA and other reputable institutions.

To be able to work with children has changed my life on many levels.  I am privileged to share the love of the horses and teach skills that is transferrable to life.  I am thankful that I have these animals to reach families in need and to create a space where people can escape for a little while from their rushed lives.