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Joan Sladek

Joan has been around horses her entire life. She is a Certified Equine Trainer who has experience working with many different breeds and all types of riders. Joan became certified in 2009 at the Lyons Legacy school in Colorado. Once she returned she formed JS Horsemanship LLC and started her career at Hour Glass Farms in North East Ohio. Her work consisted of starting colts going to the track and training ones coming off to be used as riding horses. During this time she quickly developed into a proven and sought-after instructor. She continued to successfully educate equestrians from both English and Western backgrounds on how to form a better relationship with her horse and achieve success in there riding goals. Joan is passionate about helping horses, their owners, and others to communicate effectively and develop a good working relationship. She believes strongly in the diverse benefits, self-healing, and personal growth that is taught through Equine Assisted Learning. In 2017 Joan and Diane Wildman founded Silver Lining E.A.L. LLC. She continued her education by attending and successfully completing the O.K. Corral. series in 2019. Greg Kersten is the founder of Equine Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

Diane Wildman

Diane is a licensed professional counselor with over twenty years of experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults in diverse settings including agencies, schools, community settings, and private practice. She was introduced to Equine Assisted Learning in 2016 when she attended a comprehensive training and certification in the EAGALA model. Diane discovered the power of the horses to positively impact change and healing. She learned that horses are sensitive to nonverbal communication and respond in the moment. This gives clients valuable insight and feedback that can be applied in other areas of their lives. Diane is enthusiastic about horse’s abilities to heal and transform people’s lives. In 2017 Diane and Joan Sladek founded Silver Lining E.A.L LLC . Diane continued her education by attending and successfully completing the O.K. Corral. series in 2019. Greg Kersten is the founder of Equine Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.

Steve Hebrock

Steve, a Certified Master Hoof Care Professional, began his hoof care odyssey in 1993

after acquiring his first horse. He soon became frustrated by what he perceived to be illogical

ideas and practices that dominate traditional hoof care, and his engineering background

prompted him to begin an intense study of trimming, shoeing, and movement theory. Mr.

Hebrock spent many years as a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University Agricultural

Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio, where he taught hoof care and farriery; equine marketing

and facilities management; and a number of engineering and technical classes. Mr. Hebrock

now focuses his time and energy on his hoof care practice, ongoing hoof research, and his

educational outreach efforts via "Enlightened Equine,” a blog dedicated to bringing science to

horse management and hoof care. Mr. Hebrock is a certified hoof care professional and booting

specialist in the Association for the Advancement of Horse Care Practices (AANHCP) and in

Liberated Horsemanship He was also a certification exam instructor, workshop leader, and field

instructor for the AANHCP, and is currently an advanced trimming instructor and field instructor

for Liberated Horsemanship.

Dora Hebrock

Austrian-born Certified Straightness Training Instructor Dora Hebrock began her horse career as a teenager, tending horses and ponies on a farm in the Italian countryside. She later studied equine management at the Austrian Landwirtschaftliche Fachschule Tullnerbach while obtaining her licenses in dressage, jumping, and driving, as well as her instructor’s license in vaulting. During research for her graduation thesis on the natural asymmetry of the horse, Dora discovered Marijke de Jong’s Straightness Training program, and began her studies with Marijke in 2013 while simultaneously undertaking the pursuit of becoming a Certified Natural Hoof Care Professional through Liberated Horsemanship. In 2016, she married a fellow Hoof Care Professional, moved to the USA, and qualified for training to become a Straightness Training Instructor. In 2017, she completed her certifications as both a Certified Natural Hoof Care Professional and Straightness Training Instructor, and is now one of only 17 ST Instructors worldwide. Since 2018, Dora teaches Straightness Training throughout the USA, Canada, and Austria.