Unhaltered Hope’s Affiliations

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" ~ Lao Tzu

I didn’t necessarily keep track of the miles between taking my certification in June of 2021 and connecting with Reverence Stables in December of 2022 but it really started with that one step.

That first step was taking the certification course, planting the seed that slowly but surely became a vision of offering Equine Assisted Learning to adults.

Working with the kids and youth at ROARR is extremely rewarding and not something I am willing to give up, but in my heart, I strongly believe there is a place for EAL with adult participation as well.

The initial connection with Linda and Susan at Reverence Stables, turned into horse assessments and a partnership to offer EAL on Sundays and/or Mondays.

I continue to be astonished by the fabulous work these horse teachers bring to the arena. I can’t say this had always been a dream of mine, but it became a dream and slowly but surely, my perseverance brought me to where I am, able to work at a wonderful facility with four extremely skilled horse teachers: Karma, LaCosta, Eden, and Slick.


Volunteering at Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding

In January, 2022, I expanded my equine experience by becoming a volunteer at Opening Gaits Therapeutic Riding, a charitable society that provides therapeutic riding for children and adults with disabilities. In this role, I became familiar with riding methods of equine related interactions, and experienced firsthand how horses can provide physical, social and emotional sustenance to children and adults with disabilities.

Learning The Ropes at ROARR

In October, 2021, I became a volunteer assistant EAL facilitator at ROARR, a local organization that ‘strives to relieve the conditions associated with youth and elderly in need, by providing Equine Assisted Learning and related therapies.’

In this role I applied the skills I learned in my course at Cartier Farms, and was fortunate to be mentored by a fellow Cartier alumni, Marilyn MacLean.

Volunteer and Work Experience

Since the Fall of 2021, as I have worked to carve out a new career path as an EAL facilitator, spending many preliminary hours in the ring as a volunteer was a perfect way to learn, grow and hone my craft. Indeed, I am now a practising EAL facilitator, and I am more passionate and committed than ever!

Finding My Stride

Since March of 2022, I have proudly found my own stride as an EAL facilitator. I currently offer my services on contract at ROARR, where I never fail to be astonished by the weekly progress kids make when horses show them the way. With lessons in horse handling, and with gentle guidance from these equine angels, kids learn to trust and communicate, while cultivating kindness and courage for their unfolding lives.

Unhaltered Hope
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Elizabeth FinzelElizabeth Finzel
20:58 12 Jan 24
Before I completed an EAL session, I was pretty uncomfortable around horses. However - Kristel does an amazing job facilitating these sessions. I felt completely safe. It was truly such a worthwhile experience - I gained a ton of confidence in just 1 session! Kristel has a deep love for horses, and it shows. I would highly recommend trying EAL!
Carol RoseCarol Rose
20:54 04 Oct 23
The EAL experience with Kristel was wonderful in a number of ways. It helped me emotionally and was a confidence boost ?. I am very grateful for this opportunity to connect with beautiful LaCosta -a memorable moment.
Heather AshkinHeather Ashkin
20:21 17 Aug 23
I had a fabulous time with Kristel during my own equine learning session, as well as watching her work with children. She is a calm and empathetic teacher who connects easily with her clients. Kristel sets her participants at ease and encourages them to take from the session what they need as individuals. I highly recommend her sessions.
Megan BeckerMegan Becker
15:41 26 Jul 23
I have been working with Kristel in EAL Programs at ROARR since March. She has a kind, and caring way about her that makes her such a wonderful facilitator. She is creative and always very well organized - working with, and learning from Kristel has been such a pleasure and I always look forward to it!
JA WebbJA Webb
15:49 04 Jul 23
Amazing experience!
Alana BurtonAlana Burton
14:34 30 Jun 23
I had the great fortune to meet Kristel and experience Equine Assisted Learning with her gentle guidance at Reverence Stables.Kristel is a caring facilitator who creates a safe environment to learn about connecting with self and others while interacting with the horse.As a person who has owned a horse for many years, she offered reminders that were so helpful in working with other horses - simple things that I've taken for granted with my own horse because I know him so well after working with him for so many years.Thank you for the lovely teachings that both you and Karma provided, Kristel.
Susan HallSusan Hall
21:52 27 Jun 23
Professional, very well organized, transformative session.
Tia BellTia Bell
16:26 21 Mar 23
I don't think words can truly describe the experience! This was my first experience attending an EAL session. I have ridden horses before but have never been super comfortable around them. Kristel did such a great job at creating conversation around the worries and helping us to build confidence as we worked with the horses. I was happy to know that we won't be riding the horses but rather guiding them through various obstacles. The obstacles themselves were simple in design, but it was more about my own ability to connect with the horse I had and have her go through them. By the third obstacle I could feel myself and my teammate (that I had only just met that day) fully relax. The time went too quickly because I had so much fun being fully present in the moment and feeling really proud of myself. I hope for, and look forward to, many more EAL sessions with Kristel. She knew exactly when to step in for support but allowed us time to sort through the challenges. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!
Janet RobinsonJanet Robinson
20:03 06 Feb 23
Kristel is a wonderful facilitator. She takes the time to genuinely get to know her program participants and adapts her program to help her students find success. She is knowledgeable, caring and kind. Kristel puts safety first - that of her participants and of the horses.It has been a pleasure working with her and learning from her over the last two years.