About ETAA

Equine Therapies Association of Australia Inc (ETAA) was founded in mid 2013 by Jessica Blackwell (www.equestricare.com.au) and Kirsty Swinton (www.equinedynamics.com.au) two equine sports therapists in Australia who saw a need for an independent equine therapies association to provide support to members, networking opportunities and educational opportunities for therapists in the industry, as well as improve the recognition of qualifications in the industry.

Together with the support of a group of bodyworkers Australia wide the ETAA was born.

Our Mission

ETAA’s mission is to improve recognition, education and standards of equine therapies in Australia, to ensure the client receives services from a fully trained and qualified therapist and to maintain a high standard of practice and code of conduct by all it’s members.

Our Goals

  • To make education & knowledge in equine therapies accessible to the general public.
  • To fund educational opportunities and research in the fields of equine therapies.
  • To provide a code of conduct for members of the Association, and to ensure that the required standards are maintained.
  • To increase recognition of qualified equine practitioners in all fields of equine therapies. To foster communication between all types of equine therapies.
  • To maintain a database of qualified and student therapists

Committee Members

Christine Thompson

Chair

Christine Thompson is the owner of Equine Muscle Matters, specialising in equine bodywork and movement assessments & coaching (biomechanics). Christine has 20 years’ experience working in the equine industry, with qualifications including:

* Bachelor’s degree (with honours) in Equine Science
* Post Graduate Certificate in Equine Science
* Equinology Equine Body Worker
* Equestricare Certificate in Photonic Therapy
* Equitape kinesiology taping practitioner
* The Australian College of Eastern Medicine Certificate in Animal Dry Needling
* The Science of Motion student

Christine is passionate about ensuring the horses long-term soundness and rideability, incorporating a range of different techniques to help each individual horse.

As a member of the ETAA Christine is dedicated to promoting the recognition of qualified equine therapists which ensures that horses and their owners receive services from fully trained & qualified therapists, and to help to develop training & education opportunities for therapists throughout Australia.

Rachel Hookham

Vice Chair

Rachel Hookham of Prestige Equine in WA is a practitioner with an holistic approach. Rachel first studied with the Aust College of Equine Podiatherapy where she reaslised that to truly help the horse she needed to do more than address their feet. Rachel is now studying Equine Sports Massage and Tissue Mobilisation.

Maggie Ashley

Secretary

Maggie is a sports massage therapist with a diverse background in the horse industry. Working extensively with liberty horses in film, circus and live performance piqued Maggie’s interest in the biomechanical function of horses and how compensation patterns are formed and overcome. Maggie’s main focus these days is working with horses and their owners to optimise function and performance. Maggie is also studying a Bachelor of Equine Science and rides under the tutelage of Belinda Bolsenbroek.

Jessica Blackwell

Treasurer

Jessica Blackwell hails from a scientific background, but has a greater love for horses and Equine therapy.

She has multiple qualifications in the Equine therapy field (Sports Massage, Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Red Light Therapy, Tissue Mobilisation, Biokinetics, Taping and Reiki) and has also done extensive study in Biomechanics, anatomy and exercise physiology.

Jessica has been a full time professional equine therapy practitioner since 2005 utilising not only her hands on techniques but also a range of other tools including ultrasound, infrasound, photonic therapy, microcurrent therapy, taping, laser therapy and more. She has been teaching since 2008 and has guest lectured at many events.

Her biggest passion is helping others learn how to be the best equine therapists they possibly can be.

Lauren Hazelwood

Membership Officer

Lauren is an Equine Sports Massage Therapist who lives in Tasmania. Lauren’s passionate about continued learning and development. As a keen horsewoman she is dedicated to promoting equine therapies to improve the relationship between horse and human.

Robyn Larson Shelton

General Committee

Robyn Larson-Shelton is an Equinology Equine Bodyworker and Myofascial Release Therapist. She has also studied under Sharon May- Davis, and Di Jenkins and attended numerous courses including: Joint Mobilisation, Equitaping, Photonic Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy and Bowen Therapy. Robyn has been mentored by eminent veterinarians: Dr Ian Neilsen and Dr Ian Bidstrup.

Robyn established her therapy and education business, Equine Miracle, in 2003. She teaches Myofascial Release Therapy, Vetkin Taping and offers many day courses for owners and professionals.

Robyn is particularly keen to see an overarching recognised education qualification for therapists.

Anna-Marie Brink Fimmel

General Committee

Anna-Marie Brink-Fimmel began her journey as a therapist when she signed up for her first massage course in 2013 with Equestricare. Since then Anna has explored a variety of modalities, attended many workshops with industry leaders, and is now about to embark on a Bachelor of Equine Science. She runs her own business, Run Free Equine Therapies, and uses a combination of sports massage, tissue mobilisation, red light therapy and Masterson Method. Anna believes that knowledge is the key to progress and has recently played a more active role in education through organising a dissection workshop and joining Equestricare’s team of instructors. Anna is passionate about promoting high standards and quality of work through the recognition of qualified equine therapists.

Chantelle Fielding

General Committee

Chantelle is a Registered and Insured practitioner specialising in Equine Acupuncture and Photonic Therapy whilst also utilising many other qualifications such as Sports Massage and Tissue mobilisation to name a few.
Chantelle is located in SE Qld and travels from St George to Toowoomba. She brings extensive experience in equine therapy to the table, practising a number of therapies across the darling downs and surrounds. Her passion and committment to the equine industry is paramount, not only in healing the horse but educating horse owners to help in a horses overall rehabilitation and recovery. She is driven, professional and a very kind and giving person who will offer a new level of leadership and experience to the ETAA community. Chantelle has two young horses, a WB and a QH and goes everywhere with her dog Tucker, she hopes to draft and event in the future and looks forward to seeing fellow ETAA members on the show circuits!