Betty Ann Balcom
Betty Ann convinced her parents to get a pony when she was nine – with the sum of her strawberry and apple-picking wages, saved over three years! She learned a lot hacking out by herself on her green pony and she has been learning from the horse ever since. In 2004, she attended the Natural Horsemanship Summit in Guelph, Ontario, where she discovered the potential and depth of the horse/human relationship. As she practiced these principles of natural horsemanship, she gained insight into how our physiological and emotional essence affects our relationship with the horse. In 2012 and 2013, she participated in natural horsemanship clinics with Don Holiday and Devanee Cardinal at the Cardinal Ranch in Valmount, British Columbia. In 2014, she participated in Don’s clinic in Nova Scotia. In 2012, she attended the International Symposium on Healing with Horses/Equine Facilitation in Denver, Colorado – a cross-model workshop for equine facilitators who wish to partner with horse – to uplift the lives of humans around the globe. In 2013, at the Emotional Fitness Clinic for Horses and Humans, with psychiatrist Dr. Jenny and Linda Parelli, she learned more about how past experience and thoughts affect our sense of wellness and value, and how relationships with humans and horses are limited by these patterns and mirrored in the horse and other humans. In 2012, she became a member of Equine Experiential Learning Association, studied for two years with that organization and traveled to Pennsylvania in the fall of 2013 to complete her certification in Equine Assisted Learning. In 2013 she also attained certification in “Turning Crisis Situations into OK”, in Chester, NS, through the OK Corral organization, with Greg Kersten from Nebraska, and founder of E.A.G.A.L.A. She also took the module “Coming Home Again: Equine Assisted Applications for Veterans and their Families” from Greg in 2017. In the summer of 2016, she was in Pennsylvania taking a youth-centered internship with Gina Yarrish of Yarcorte Acres, in a program that focused on leadership, self-awareness and making good choices. Betty Ann continues to better understand how the horse responds to our energy and intentions. She has been an independent entrepreneur for the past 28 years, founding and building four businesses. She has learned much about people – assessing the needs of both workplace teams and clients. She is very familiar with the challenges faced by business owners and she is looking forward to bringing her resourcefulness, creativity and positive outlook to delivering equine-experiential benefits to the local community.