Introducing our Conference Speakers – Emily Walters

Posted on 25th April 2023

Introducing our Speakers

Our speakers will cover a range of topics that impact riding schools, livery yards and equestrian centres. The knowledgeable panel of experts will share their experience, invite discussion and answer questions.

We all know that horses and riding have a positive impact on mental health, we are excited that Emily Walters of Hope Meadows Equine Assisted Therapy will be speaking about how businesses can develop their services to help support the mental health and well being of their clients.

Emily has worked with horses for many years, as an instructor, livery yard owner, and previously running a riding school. Alongside working in the equine industry, Emily has committed herself to the study of psychology. First gaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Emily also holds a Master’s in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University, and is now studying for her Doctorate as a Trainee Counselling Psychologist. Emily has also worked in the NHS for a number of years, supporting people’s mental health in both community and crisis settings.

Hope Meadows CIC was born out of a desire to combine these two passions – horses and psychology – in a way that helps local people. Emily believes the horse-human relationship has the potential to be life changing, and is driven to make this accessible and affordable for anyone who wants to experience it. Hope Meadows has grown quickly, and now supports over 100 people every month, winning awards and securing over £70,000 of funding so far. Emily finds her role as Founder & CEO hugely satisfying, and continues to work with adult clients as well as overseeing the day to day running of the organisation.”

With an incredible line up of speakers who bring with them a wealth of knowledge of our industry, the educational day is an ideal opportunity to gain new skills and a greater understanding of how you can futureproof your business in the changing equestrian landscape.

The Riding in the Community Conference will take place on Monday 15th May at Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre, Warwickshire, and is open to all equestrian businesses, yards, coaches, grooms, and riders who are interested in the health and sustainability of grassroots riding.

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