Louise Gillard-Owen


Louise has worked in the helping professions since the 1980’s, in health and social care, education, training and counselling roles. She has extensive general nursing experience and most recently held a specialist nursing role supporting families affected by dementia. She has taught in both further and higher education and has a Diploma H.E. in Person Centred Counselling from the University of Warwick and a Diploma H.E. in Addiction Studies from the University of Leeds. Louise re-discovered her interest in horses 20 years ago and has experienced their therapeutic qualities both personally and professionally. She trained with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, (EAGALA),  and presented at their international conference in Leuven, Belgium, on the opportunities to use the motivational interviewing approach within equine assisted learning and therapy. She has been working towards creating the Horse and People Project ever since and is very happy to be working with Co-Director, Kate Porretta and supported by their long-term colleague and advisor, Sue Lynch.
Louise feels privileged to share her time with her own horses and continues to learn from their relationships.


Kate Porretta

Kate has spent her life around horses and is extremely passionate about equine behaviour and how we as humans interact with them. She has spent the last two years working for a disabled riding and therapy centre where her belief in the amazing ability of horses to improve mental well-being was demonstrated. Kate has an FdA in Equine Management and is now focusing her studies towards mental health. She is very excited to be a part of The Horse And People Project as she knows how special horses are and what can be achieved if we stop and listen to what they are telling us.