Saturday, 12 May 2012

Sheer Joy!

Fantastic pictures from a 'play-dance-working-session' in the wild nature at liberty.

See the fantastic effects of Magic Lungeing, which Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling founded in this form and evolved into a true art and unique way. Here one of the most important bases in Klaus's work. A horse needs a very good preparation to carry a rider. Klaus has raised the Art of Lungeing to a new height!

The video features the horse therapist Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling's working with these powerful, dignified creatures in accordance with nature. The development of the rider's "presence" and an orientation to holistic principles is integral to this work

Friday, 11 May 2012

Claire Lomas - An Extraordinary Person

Paralysed Claire Lomas finishes London Marathon after 16 days!

Claire Lomas finished the London Marathon 16 days after the race began. The 32yr old said she was “over the moon” as she completed the 26.2 mile route, which she started on 22 April, 2012 with 36,000 other participants.

The former chiropractor was in tears as she became the first person to complete any marathon using a bionic ReWalk suit at 12.50pm on Tues 7 May.

Hundreds lined the streets as she made her final steps to complete the race. Three mounted members of the Household Cavalry gave her a guard of honour as she crossed the finishing line on the Mall.

Lomas paralysed from the chest down following a horse-riding accident in 2007, said:

“There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training. Once I started, I just took each day as it came and every step got me a step closer.”

A spokeswoman for the mounted regiment said the riders were there to give Lomas “extra support because she is passionate about horses”.

Lomas will not appear in the official results and did not receive a medal when she finished as competitors have to complete the course on the same day to qualify for a medal, organisers said. But a number of marathon runners decided to donate their own medals to Lomas. Jacqui Rose contributed her medal along with about 12 others, said:

“She has epitomised what I thought the London Marathon was all about. That medal, when you have completed it and gone through all the pain of it, symbolises that achievement of what you have gone out of your way to do for charity. For her not to have got one ridicules what the marathon was all about.”

Lomas, from Eye Kettleby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, raised more than £86,000 for Spinal Research, a charity which funds medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck:

“When I was in hospital I saw a lot of people with similar injuries to me and a lot worse. I have had tremendous support since my accident which I am so grateful for. Some don’t have that. Some people lose the use of their arms as well. A cure needs to be found.”

She walked about two miles a day, cheered on by her husband, Dan, her parents and her 13-month-old daughter, Maisie. Lomas said she was now going to write a book and “spend some good time with Maisie”.

Lomas broke her neck, back and ribs and punctured a lung when her horse Rolled Oats threw her off as she took part in the Osberton horse trials in Nottinghamshire in 2007.

The £43,000 ReWalk suit, designed by the Israeli entrepreneur Amit Goffer, enables people with lower-limb paralysis to stand, walk and climb stairs through motion sensors and an onboard computer system.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Sylvia Dimitrades Steen

Sylvia Dimitrades Steen

Sylvia Dimitrades Steen has a long-standing commitment to people with disabilities, as well as an unmatchable love of animals. From 1954-1958, Ms. Steen studied Child Psychology and teaching methodologies for students with special needs at the University of Geneva. Sylvia:
  • Started Theotokos in 1963, a non-profit organization for people with special needs. Theotokos is the largest educational centre for people with special needs in Greece, she serves on its board.
  • Worked at the Maraslio Academy, training teachers in special education.
  • Served as a board member of Melissa, an organization on Corfu for older children and adults with special needs.
  • Is a founding member of Ελληνική Φιλοζωηκή Εταιρία (Greek Animal Welfare) and Κοινολογικός ΌμιλοςΕλλάδος (Greek Canine Society) which represents FCI in Greece. Serves as president of the Ark, a group that rehomes stray dogs of Corfu, and collaborates with the "Αλκυόνη" bird center of Paros for the care and rehabilitation of wounded birds.
  • Established world’s most comprehensive Skyrian rare horse breeding program.
  • Founded and leads the SilvaProject. a non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the Skyrian Horse, rescuing abused animals and specialising in therapeutic horse riding. 

Friday, 4 May 2012

EAGALA 2012 Australia Conference

EAGALA 1st Annual Asia Pacific Conference Australia, 3-6 Dec 2012

EAGALA was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.  

EAGALA has over 3,500 members in 40 countries, with regional coordinators helping support members and networking groups in EAGALA Europe/Middle East, EAGALA Africa, EAGALA Latino America, EAGALA Pacific, and EAGALA U.S./Canada.

The Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association (EAGALA) is dedicated to improving the mental health of individuals, families, and groups around the world by setting the standard of excellence in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, also known as horse therapy or equine therapy. Learn more about EAGALA's Training and Certification Program.

 The 1st Annual Asia Pacific Conference will take place at Tocal College, Paterson, NSWThe EAGALA Annual Conference is a networking and educational event for professionals who are practicing or just newly interested in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. 

The conference is specific to the EAGALA Model approach of EAP and EAL. Click the links below for more information. Join professionals from around Australia, New Zealand and the world for learning, networking, inspiration and fun!

Conference Information -
Request for Conference Proposals - Deadline 30 June 2012

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