Our Team Is Important and We Accomplish A Lot Together

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Each facilitator brings their own unique experiences and skills to their facility

  By working together and learning from each other, we enhance our programs worldwide

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Branch Offerings and Staff

Klipheuwel, ZA  

  • Holistic Client led Equine Assisted Learning Sessions

  • Mindfulness and Personal Development with horses

  • Horse Powered Learning equine facilitated outdoor flow education 

  • "Hit your Stride" 5 stage program to develop a Future Focused Mindset

  • "One Stride Ahead" 5 stage Life Skill Development Program

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Emma Weitzel (Founder)

Equitots is a reflection of my heart and soul to see individuals, as well as equines, prosper.

I have formally and informally studied and learned, and I have worked with hundreds... maybe thousands...of horses and humans in different parts of the world. Although I consider myself to be a forever student, I have in recent years also enjoyed sharing the skills and knowledge which I was privileged to collect. I believe that every living thing deserves to be nurtured and loved and my desire is to empower many to actualize themselves through Equitots successfully.


Julia Havard

  • Volunteer 
  • Psychology Student

Veronica Demmelhumer

  • Volunteer 
  • Gymnastics Coach

Julia Swanepoel

  • Horse Care Volunteer

Philadelphia, ZA 

  • Holistic Client led Equine Assisted Learning Sessions
  • Horse Powered Reading
  • Special Needs
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I have always loved horses, but my real passion is to see little ones thrive from the top of a saddle, or from just being with a horse. 

Seeing them overcome challenges and gain tools for life is so rewarding. I see shy children become warmly confident and children with low muscle tone grow their core strength exponentially. I see hyperactive children become calm and centred and I see happy children become even more so through riding and working with the ponies. What could bring more happiness than this?

Joostenbergvlakte, ZA 

  • Holistic Client led Equine Assisted Learning Sessions
  • Therapeutic Riding
  • Horse Powered Reading
  • Pony Parties
  • Holiday Camps
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Lene Carstens (Co-founder)

I started my adventure with horses as a little girl. From a very young age I knew  that I would one day work with children. I always had this passion in me especially for those who are different. Combining my passion for kids and horses came naturally after school, when I went to study horses, and became EQASA and SARDA qualified. Soon after my studies Emma and I became friends and from there Equitots grew. 

My dream is, that through Equitots we will be able to help children every day and everywhere in the world to be the best kind of special individual they are meant to be. 

Lanarkshire, SCT

  • One to one and group Equine Assisted Learning
  • Therapeutic horseback-riding
  • Forest School activities

Lee Valantine

Lee loves fun! Our visitors always leave smiling after a session with Lee and we love to see happy children leaving us at the end of a visit. When visiting Equitots Lanarkshire CIC, you are gauranteed a professional friendly service. 

Lee is a qualified British Horse Society Instructor (BHSAI) and is also a Certified Basic Horse Boy Practitioner and Equitots Facilitator.  In addition, she is a qualified Horse Powered Reading Instructor and has completed Equido Equine Therapy Course and Makaton Introductory Course to enable her to communicate with our visitors who may not yet wish to communicate verbally. Lee holds an NCFE Level 2 "Understanding Autism in Children" certificate and is experienced working with complex psychological trauma and PTSD. 


 Join Our Team

We would love to see Equitots expand to reach more children worldwide. 

If you would like to learn more about becoming part of our team or start your own branch, our Equitots Facilitator Training and Membership Support programs can help you do just that! Please view our Services page for more information. 

There is a form for you to fill out if you have further questions. We'd love to hear from you.   


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