Skip to main content

Earlier this year we announced the following recipients, who each received $200 towards their chosen area of online study:

Cara Parnell

Vanessa Burton

Jacinda Moss

Amanda Stevens

Daneika Biffin

While things have been challenging for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, these grant recipients were able to commence further studies to assist them with their businesses. Here’s what some of the recipients had to say about receiving the grant:

“I would like to take a minute to Thank ETAA for the Grant I received, what an opportunity!

It is an amazing chance for myself to undertake a course I have wanted to add to my skill set for some time. I undertook Tissue Mobilisation Techniques with Equestricare  as I believed this would help benefit my technique and help with my pursuit of delving into Rehabilitation and Biomechanics.

I have benefited greatly in knowledge and skill set and of course none would be possible without ETAA and Equestricare, Jess and all her team are absolutely amazing to study with, no question is a silly question and 100% support you as a student, cannot imaging studying anywhere else.”

Cara Parnell


“I was very fortunate to receive a grant from the ETAA in April 2020 and chose to allocate my grant toward the photonic therapy course with Equestricare.

Photonic therapy is a modality I’m very interested in and I know my client’s horses within my Equine Sports Massage business will greatly benefit from it.  When Covid-19 sent Tasmania into lockdown I thought the massage side of business might quieten down allowing bonus study time to complete my theory component of the course, but my equine massage business took off as more people got to spend their time at home with their horses and unfortunately my practical component of the course was postponed.

Nether the less my photonic therapy course is still very active and I have gained enough information to promote this wonderful modality. I already have a number of my current equine sport massage therapy clients very intrigued and keen to try photonic therapy for their horses.

I’m extremely grateful to have received this grant, not only has it helped me financially to enrol in something I’m very passionate about,  it’s given me a whole new drive for learning.

Thankyou Equine Therapies Association Australia, I cannot wait to be able to complete my course and offer photonic therapy as part of my services, helping horses live a comfortable and happy life.”

Daneika Biffin


“I am a qualified equine sports massage therapist who graduated in 2016. Ever since I graduated it always crossed my mind to expand my knowledge to help my business and make it unique. This year I was fortunate enough to win one of the grants ETAA had to offer. I decided tissue mobilisation was the course I would like it to go towards, I wanted to do this course through equestricare for quite some time but never got around to pursing it. I believe tissue mobilisation will help me and my business by understanding more aspects of the equine body and being able to put it to practise to help them mentally and physically. I can’t wait to finish my course and be able to put it all in place.”

Amanda Stevens

Leave a Reply