Who We Are :
Hello, I am Sally Heron, founder and director of Willow Farm CIC.
This is a little bit about me…
As I write this, I have 38 years of horse ownership experience. I currently mange my own riding establishment but have also, historically, have managed yards in both Europe and in the USA.
I have ridden myself since I got my first pony in 1983 and my riding has literally taken me all over the world. Germany, France, China and the USA on many occasions.
I originally trained in Equine Assisted Rehabilitation in 1997 in the USA, using horses as the medium to rehabilitate and re-educate “disaffected street kids” in California.
More recently (2021) I have continued my professional development with a certificate in Equine Facilitated Learning.
Since then, I have 23 years of operational business management experience both in the service industry sector and in the public/private sector. The majority of these years are in the management of education provision. Within education I specialised in education for disaffected teenagers and young adults and those with emotional behavioural and social difficulties and learning difficulties and disabilities.
I also served as a part time firefighter from 2001-2012 and witnessed first-hand, and as a third party, the impact of trauma on human mental health and wellbeing.
As an Equestrian Preliminary Teacher/ /Riding instructor along with BHS Knowledge and Horse care qualifications, counselling qualification and over 20 years of relevant experience in this field, all these elements combined together ensure that I can offer a various equine assisted programmes to meet the needs of the individuals who may benefit from this type of assistance and support.