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Program Uses Horsepower to Teach Leadership

Tracey Evans

By Tracey Evans

Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre recently opened at 2800 10th Line in Bradford and is offering a new compelling approach to leadership training for corporate teams and local youth using horses as guides.

With many years of corporate leadership experience and a passion for horses, Tracey Evans, Owner/Program Director of Dreamwinds had a vision to use the wisdom of her horses to teach others effective leadership and life skills. As a rider, I have had to learn how to be an effective leader and trusted partner to my horse. These lessons resonated so clearly in my working life and helped me better understand peoples motivations, how they learn and ultimately how to bring the best out of them, says Evans. These principles formed the basis for her new facility founded with partner Dirk Tews to teach leadership using the sensitive instinctive nature of the horse.

The programs they deliver are very objective based and results driven. Unlike typical classroom based training programs, Dreamwinds offers a fun hands on experiential learning. Participants are grouped together with an equine partner to complete obstacles and tasks on the ground that help develop communication skills, problem solving, confidence, trust and respect to name a few. In this environment, it is the horses that do the teaching. Horses are used because they are highly sensitive creatures and can discern the difference between a calm, non-threatening approach and anxious or nervous energy. The horses provide instant, honest feedback without judgement and will tell us if there is an issue with someones approach or team dynamic. I have seen horses stop in their tracks until their leader or the team learns to work with them effectively, says Evans.

Corporate programs are fully customizable to fine-tune seasoned leaders, develop new leaders or provide a unique team building event. Youth programs focus on developing confidence and strong communication skills to help youth deal with the challenges they face today. There is a real opportunity to leverage EAL to address social issues like bullying in school. Our programs centre on self reflection and understanding how ones behaviour affects others. It is an interesting opportunity for youth who tend to bully and those who are being bullied as the horses level the playing field. They help participants develop more appropriate behaviours and responses to these circumstances, says Evans.

Still wondering what Equine Assisted Learning is all about? Dreamwinds is hosting a Fall Harvest Opening on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 11am to 3pm at their new facility at 2800 10th Line, Bradford. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Equine Assisted Learning first hand, tour the facility meet the team and the horses and have a chance to win a space in an upcoming program session.

About Dreamwinds
Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre is located at 2800 10th Line Bradford, Ontario and offers Corporate and Youth Leadership and Team Building Programs using Horses as Guides. Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) is an effective approach to human and leadership development through the eyes of the horse. It is a proactive approach to empowering the individual through group interactive exercises with a focus on everyone matters.

For more information please contact Tracey Evans at 2892316775

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