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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

Chelsea Meyers

President

Chelsea has worked in the industry as a therapist for several years now. Beginning her career with a certificate in equine sports therapy, and continuing her education through the years with practical training among mentors in the industry as well as further courses. On topics included, training practices, nervous system function and health as well as equine behaviour. Chelsea created Helios Horses in 2022 to combine her education and offer a wide array of services for her area in rural NSW. Key focuses of Chelsea's work include improving longevity of treatments as well as improving owner education standards for the equine industry.

Chelsea is known for having a key focus on assisting with behavioural issues due to pain. As well as adapting rehabilitation schedules to aid longevity to treatments. With a key interest in the equine nervous system and equine behaviour.

Jemma Moon

Vice Chair

Jemma Moon from Muscle Sense - Horse and Rider Fitness & Conditioning is our President for 2021.

Jemma is a qualified equine therapist and public health specialist. As a mum and rider that retuned to the sport after a break, she realised her passion was to incorporate rider fitness and wellbeing with horse conditioning. Patterns of tension in our horses can often relate to our riding or position and without working with both we don’t always seem the improvements we want for our riding.

Jemma is an advocate of therapist tools and is a keen supporter of Spectra Vet laser and red light therapy.

A keen adult rider who competes regularly eventing is most passionate about education and life long learning. The well-being of our horses is up to us to keep learning and improving our management of their care. Horses were not designed for sport or riding, so it is imperative we don’t forget that no matter the level of riding we pursue they are still athletes.

Kate Smailes

Secretary

Kate jumped in to a career of working with horses from a young age, becoming qualified as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist and starting her business at 19. She proceeded to work as an equine therapist while completing a double major in Animal Health & Animal Science, and has since completed further studies in Kinesiology Taping and Craniosacral Therapy.
She now runs her business, Complete Horse Care WA, in partnership with her husband who is a farrier. She enjoys the privilege of being able to share her passion and work so closely with another professional in the industry.
Kate has a particular interest in being able to assess patterns in the horse’s body and achieving functional improvements through a holistic approach.

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.

Tanya Hind

General Committee

Tanya Hind of From Head to Tail Equine Therapies and Rehabilitation in NSW is a practioner with over 15 years in equine holistic health modalities.

Studying Equine Craniosacral Therapy under Maureen Rogers (USA) and then with the Upledger Institute.

Tanya uses Craniosacral and a variety of modalities including Reiki, Accupressure and Massage to address performance and behavioural issues in the horse.

Tanya is now studying Iridology to incorporate into her practice to catch problems before they manifest in the horse.

Mykel O'Connor

General Committee

Hello, my name is Mykel OConnor and I've been an animal lover my entire life. I got the horse bug early and have been riding, training and rescuing horses for many moons.
I studied to become an equine body worker, as I was continually seeing horses that 'weren't quite right'.
Today I am trained in multiple modalities and know that a sound equine body contributes greatly to a peaceful equine mind.
I joined the ETAA as I believe strongly that any therapy should be regulated and all professionals should engage in continuous education.
I am the very proud owner and practitioner of Equine Elements Australia, operating from Morisset NSW.

Susan Hilbert

General Committee

Susan is an experienced and qualified Equine Therapist and Accredited, Independent Saddle Fitter trained by the Accredited Saddle Fitters of Australasia (ASFA).

Using a combination of The Emmett Technique and integrated equine therapies, Susan is known for her gentle approach to relieving pain, muscle tension and discomfort in horse and rider.

As a qualified Saddle Fitter and Human Therapist, Susan is able to assess both horse and rider and saddle fit as part of her offering as an equine therapist, providing a holistic approach.

Susan is also an Instructor for The Internationally acclaimed Emmett Technique (Horses) in WA, teaching all of the Practitioner Levels 1-5 as well as Advanced Level EHP1.

Emily Valentine

General Committee

Meet Emily Valentine, the heart and soul behind EV Equine Therapy, located in rural Western Downs, QLD. Here, Emily offers more than just a service – she is dedicated to fostering the optimal health, vitality, and performance of each equine partner through a holistic lens.

With a genuine passion for equine wellness, Emily brings a unique blend of expertise to her practice. Certified in ISBT Advanced Equine Bowen Therapy and a Diploma of Equine Myofunctional Therapy (EMT), she's always seeking new ways to deepen her understanding. From attending workshops like David Landreville Hoof Building to tuning into The Vet Rehab Summit 2023: Myofascial Chains Webinar.

But it's not just about qualifications for Emily; it's about building connections. She's on a journey to discover the deeper bonds between humans and horses, constantly learning and growing. At EV Equine Therapy, Emily isn't just a practitioner – she's a friend, here to support you and your equine companion every step of the way.

Leah Manning

General Committee

Lauren Scimone

General Committee