About Jo and Doug
I started to ride at 2 years of age, and that is when my passion for horses began. Over four decades later every day I realise how much more there is to learn. After spending my first 18 years living and breathing horses, I then had to leave horses behind and spent the next two decades building and running
businesses in London. Since moving to South Africa in 2008, I have been privileged to devote myself full time to horses.
Doug, to be honest, is not a massive fan of horses. He is more of a dog person. Despite this he has been incredibly supportive of everything I do and shares my ambitions of what we can achieve. He owns his own successful businesses and is an exceptional administrator and organizer. Doug is very involved in everything we do and are planning (because those are not my strengths) and we make a great team.
We bought the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Farm after over 2 years of searching for the perfect location. We had been looking for the ideal place to build a heavenly Equine Retreat, so the farm name is particularly fitting. We are continually developing our facilities, both for horses and for hosting workshops, clinics and retreats for equestrians.
Our aim with the farm is to develop a Centre of Excellence and Learning for those passionate about equine and canine health care and wellness modalities
We were determined to ensure that all horses on the Farm are cared for in line with the high standards she grew up with in England. Although I had no formal qualifications, on the farm I have always used natural training methods and wellness modalities, and are lucky enough to have a great team of Equine Professionals working with me.
I wanted more. Both to develop my own academic equine knowledge and health care abilities. After much research on the options available internationally, I found Equinology.
With the flexible, modular combination of online distance study, the intensive onsite course and the subsequent multi-faceted externship an incredibly rewarding journey, for myself and my horses. The Certification process was accessible for our farm in Hermanus, whilst I was still working, I could set my own study timetable, and the onsite course was just 9 days long.
I started studying with EquiworkSA and Equinology in 2014 and I qualified as a Certified Equinology® Equine Body Worker in 2015. I have subsequently added Equine Exercise Physiology to this knowledge, which was fascinating and very useful.
It allowed me to turn my passion into my profession.
I value my EEBW Certification highly and have been desperate for more SA based Equinology Courses to further my knowledge and qualifications as well. We also want to raise awareness of what we do and start to develop awareness of our work as a profession and career path.
So Doug and I decided to take control. By setting up EquiCanis Africa and becoming the exclusive facilitator of the Equinology® and Caninology® Inc courses and certifications in South Africa we do just that.