Meet the People and the Teachers
KARI FULMEK — Master Instructor & Senior Facilitator/Owner
Specialist in facilitating women's leadership development skills and instructor of equine-assisted learning
Certification: Certified Master EAL Instructor/Certified EAL Facilitator
Kari started the Equine Connection in 2009. Before that she was a Million Dollar Weekenders sales manager helping women to empower themselves to reach their dream/goals, a motivational speaker for maintaining a great attitude everyday and a manager at the Strathmore Stampede, third largest rodeo in Canada, with 40 Committee Heads and 700 volunteers. Her passion for horses and people has created this experiential program and she continues to create lasting change in people and the companies they work for. Since starting the business she has begun Liberty Training.
Currently Kari is one of the world's leading instructors in the Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) BuildingBlock™ Course, helping others become competent Equine Assisted Learning facilitators and run their own successful EAL businesses. Kari's philosophy for everyone who trains with her, is she is not successful until you are!
Kari lives in Strathmore, AB just outside the Calgary, AB area. Her better half is Sid Chadwick. She has three daughters whom she has always said has been her greatest accomplishment!
We create a safe place for our clients to learn and grow. We help them to build the essential skills they need for their careers, future goals and work environments. Through the power of this magnificent animal, the horse, and the facilitators at Equine Connection, we empower people to reach their full potential.
- Interpersonal Communication Skills Development
- Internationally and Nationally Recognized EAL Certification Program
- Objectively driven programs with guaranteed outcomes
- Training and Development for Skills in the workforce
- Learn the difference between facilitating vs teaching
- Problem Solving for Teams
- Executive Leadership Skill Development
CAROLYN CHARLES — Instructor & Facilitator/Director of Sales and Marketing
General Manager of the Spiritual Equine Connection Society, Leadership Development Facilitator, EAL Facilitator, Website Dabbler, and Social Media Master
Certification: Certified EAL Instructor/Certified EAL Facilitator
Carolyn's background lies in communications, but her true passion lies in people. Carolyn began her career with the Calgary Police Service in the Public Affairs and Media Relations Unit. Carolyn’s positive attitude and laughter allowed her to see the best in people in the worst of circumstances. After a brief stint in graphic design, she found a home at the Strathmore Heritage Days in 2009. Moving onto the Equine Connection where she has discovered the true power of the horse. Her passion for people continues. Carolyn’s passion for horses grows everyday as she sees the noticeable changes in the Equine Connection participants. Carolyn’s unique assortment of opportunities has provided her the ability to recognize and work with many different leadership styles. Enabling her to adapt to each client’s specific characteristics. After attending the Public Relations program at Mt. Royal College, Carolyn realized there are three key components necessary to cultivate successful employees. Knowledge, Skills and Experience. Leaders who recognize this and are willing to invest in their employees gain something few companies truly have. People who are truly engaged in their jobs/careers. Those people are more productive and will return a higher return on the employer’s investment. Carolyn knows that everyone wants to be productive and make a difference. Through her EC programs she is able to help other’s reach that potential.
She is also the General Manager of the Spiritual Equine Connection Society who also provides youth and woman's programs for people in need at the Equine Connection's arena.
Skills & Competencies
- Marketing/Public Relations
- Social Media
- Website management
- Communication techniques
- Analyzing behavioral styles
- A self professed computer geek
- Well developed interpersonal skills, working with employees to assemble effective teams and accomplish tasks within the organization
MONIQUE GERBER — INSTRUCTOR & SENIOR FACILITATOR/OWNER - Ontario campus
Specialist in Women”s Personal Development, Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator. Certification: Certified EAL Instructor/Certified EAL Facilitator
Monique has been an entrepreneur all her adult life. After trying her hand in the employee world, she quickly realized it wasn't for her and set out to create a life surrounded by horses. She spent many years as a farrier, or as some would know it, a blacksmith. She grew to understand what it takes to run a successful business and learned the most crucial component is the relationship with the clients.
Along with her farrier business, Monique started other service-based businesses which also experienced success.
Monique's experience with horses is quite extensive. She has spent time in the show ring, started young horses and also taught beginner riding lessons.
Horses have always been an integral part of her life and knowing this, Monique decided it was time to get back to her roots. Having experienced the special bond and incredible teachings horses have for humans, she soon realized her true dream of becoming an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator.
Because of her love for horses and true desire to help people overcome obstacles and reach for their own dreams, she opened Leading Edge Equine Academy.
Jane Hemingway-mohr — INSTRUCTOR & SENIOR FACILITATOR/OWNER - Sydney, AU. CAMPUS
Jane realised a lifelong dream of working with horses, when she moved to her property in Terrey Hills on Sydney’s Northern Beaches five years ago. Her passion for horses that had until then been a serious hobby became a full time job. Jane set up Willow Wood Stables as a performance horse agistment, training and coaching facility, and has qualified as a riding coach. She has been blown away by the positive effect horses have on people, especially “non-horsey” people. Keen to share this special insight with a broader range of people, Jane qualified as an Equine Assisted Learning facilitator and established Leading Edge Life Skills in 2015.
Prior to opening Willow Wood Stables, Jane worked in corporate marketing and public relations both in Australia and internationally. Jane lived in Germany for six years and was a marketing communications manager for SAP Software at their headquarters in Waldorf, Germany. She was responsible for the Asia Pacific region and helped launch SAP in China over 20 years ago. After returning to Australia, Jane has had various marketing and public relations roles in both corporate companies and consultancies, including Minter Ellison Lawyers, Growing Daily Public Relations and Kardan Consulting and has worked with clients from various industries including banking and finance, engineering, consumer and retail as well as some not-for-profit organisations.
Jane is married and has four children, three dogs, two cats and too many horses.
KARSYN FULMEK - Facilitator & Social Media Guru
Certification: Certified EAL Facilitator
Karsyn has had a passion for horses since a young age and appreciates the different personalities they possess and all that they teach. She works with the horses behind the scenes to make sure that they can contribute as much as they can, while still being respectful! Karsyn's love of horses also brought her to become a part of the Calgary Stampede Showriders!
After high school and spending some time working from behind a desk, Karsyn decided she needed to see the world and expand her horizons, taking a year to travel around Asia, Australia, and New Zealand - it is these travels that allowed her to see the cultural diversity throughout the world. Upon arriving back home she decided that the desk life was not for her and decided to go into the family business and become a certified EAL facilitator.
Karsyn’s amazing sense of humour, dedicated love for horses, and her creative skills in social media make her a key part of the Equine Connection team.
Skills & Competencies
• Social Media
• Western riding
• Horse training
• Riding coach
Meet The Teachers
Birthday: June 7/06
This is Buddy - THE MOVIE STAR! Buddy has spent most of his life doing stunts such as rearing, laying down, and even sitting like a dog! He was on the hit tv show Heartland acting as a double for Spartan, and he actually had to be dyed black! He has a sweet and kind disposition and loves to be with his person!
Buddy has a sweet and kind disposition and loves to be with his person!
Birthday: June 25/99
Kokanee is our friendly Canadian Warmblood gelding, with a super cheeky personality. He began his career as a hunter and competed in many horse shows, jumping up to 3 feet. Most recently, he was used for dressage. Due to some ongoing soundness issues, his former owner decided that it was time for him to retire as a performance horse and join the purposeful world of EAL. He loves his job, and definitely loves the people he gets to work with!
Birthday: July 15/06
Colour: Red Dun
Brandon is a very adventurous horse, with an extremely curious personality. He loves to be around people, and is always looking for things to chew on. Growing up, Brandon didn’t have the best time. From the wee age of 18 months, people were riding on his back which was abuse for a horse his age. He wasn’t treated great, and so he was a lost little boy. However, he ended up here and persevered through it all! His friendly personality makes him incredibly fun to be around, as there is never a dull moment. He has an enjoyable disposition, and if you are ever in need of a good laugh, Brandon’s the man knocking at the back door ready to get the job done!
Birthday: May 28/94
J.R. has a pleasant disposition and likes to be busy doing things. Her gentle eyes immediately tell you of her friendly nature. From the time she was young J.R. has seen and done some amazing things from being ridden bareback in the mountains to cutting, pleasure riding, and much more! She has been a broodmare as well; a mother to several offspring. This has given her the gentle kindness we love her for.
Birthday: May 30/06
Pass comes to us all the way from Craven, Saskatchewan. Since birth Pass has had some problems. His cleft never closed properly, meaning everything he eats comes out of his nose; it was thought he would not live very long because of this. However, he prevailed! Pass has a very calm and quiet nature and will stand for hours being groomed, just watch out for that gooey nose!
birthday: June 15/07
Faye is a rescue horse with an incredible story. When she was only 2 1/2 years old a horse shelter collapsed on Faye, leaving a large wound on her back. After months of recovery, Faye's back healed leaving a scar she will have for life. Faye's strong spirit and love of life helped her overcome her trauma and injury and has turned her into a wise old soul for her age.
Birthday: June 14/97
Comet is not only a good-looking, hunka-chunka horse; he is also the head honcho of the herd. He demands strong leadership, honesty, respect, and trust. In return he will teach you skills that you can carry all through your life. He’s a tough horse and will teach you like he teaches his herd in a swift and immediate way, but will always throw in his loving, father-like ways.
Birthday: April 28/98
Colour: Dark Brown
Jordy is a special addition to the Equine Connection as he is a Curly Horse. Curly horses are a rare breed with - you guessed it - curly hair! He is hypo-allergenic and in the winter will look like a big poodle! Curly horses love people and Jordan is no different! They are intelligent, quick to learn, willing partners. They have a quiet temperament and do not spook & run, but rather face their fear to get a good look at it!
Birthday: May 21/03
Disco is the newest member of our herd, and the most inquisitive. He comes from a background of working in the cowboy industry, which has given him a ton of crazy life experiences! His athleticism made him ideal to be a part of that world, but it was not his true passion. After changing homes a few times, he finally has found his forever home where his friendly, yet curious demeanour makes him a vital part of the team, always keeping us on our toes!
OUR HORSES WHO WE LOVED AND LOST