Maria OlarteMaria Olarte joined us in 2016 and she is the onsite herd manager, facilitator and staff support on workshops and training and assists with office admin and marketing. She has a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, gained a certificate in hypnotherapy and counselling and has qualified as an IFEAL EFHD Facilitator. Maria will be undertaking year two of the training here at IFEAL in 2017 whilst taking on her own clients and working towards more in depth faculty role.

Her diverse human life has involved running several businesses from a livery yard, community shop and cafe, to a busy London bar. These were invaluable experiences but her heart always returned to horses. In between the years spent with her own species Maria has spent her horse life, from the age of 12 in her first and only Saturday job to assistant manager on leaving university, working at an Arabian stud. It was here she was able to nurture her horsemanship skills; learning from the horses, and constantly refining her handling methods with stallions, mares and youngsters. This was especially prevalent in her innovative foal training methods; using calm relational techniques to give her charges the best possible start in their life with humans. These skills she brings to the IFEAL herd’s human experience. She brings more than 30 years of horsemanship experience to the faculty group and she continues to explore ever softer and more relational horsemanship skills to enhance both the horse and the human’s experience of each other and indeed life.