MEET THE PEOPLE

LAURIE BRANDER

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING FACILITATOR & OWNER

Laurie's love and compassion for critters and love of animals is life-long. Laurie started Epona Experience in 2008, several years into her relationship with her "heart horse," Summer. Through her relationship with Summer, Laurie became fascinated with how Summer demanded an authentic relationship before she would cooperate. As a result, Laurie was forced to change her interactions and relationship with Summer. Based on this experience, when she first heard of Equine Assisted Learning, Laurie was hooked.  

 

This skills development program with horses is a natural progression of Laurie's fascination with the dynamic relationship between horses and humans. Laurie has been certified since 2008. However, immediately upon discovery of these groundbreaking programs offered by Equine Connection, Laurie traveled to Strathmore, AB, Canada to attend The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning's Course. Laurie became certified to facilitate the BuildingBlock™ Curriculum in 2016. Laurie is excited to be able to be the first to bring this research proven program with irrefutable results to the Southwestern United States.   

 

Laurie believes that as sensitive prey animals with extraordinary senses, horses can feel what you bring to the table, regardless of any façade you are presenting. At the same time, being with horses is simply a wonderful experience for most people. In a magical way, horses can teach one to be a better human - a better parent, a better leader, a better teammate.

 

Laurie has spent decades working in the legal profession and business world. When she is not working with clients and the teachers, she works freelance as a writer, paralegal, and trial technology specialist.

 

MICHAEL BAZZONI

MARKETING & PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Michael grew up in a small midwest town in Northern Indiana.  Upon his graduation from Butler University in 1997 with a business degree, Michael worked at various corporation in marketing and sales, including his family's small manufacturing company.  

 

In 2014, Michael relocated to Prescott, Arizona, and his love for horses and belief in their extraordinary healing power began to blossom.  When Michael isn't in the saddle or behind the manure rake, he enjoys spending time with Laurie, his daughter Eva, and the Epona herd (4 horses; 2 dogs; 1 cat and currently 6 hens). 

 

MEET THE HORSES

JUDGE

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING TEACHER

Birthday: Unknown - He's a 2000 Model  

Size: 15 Hands

Breed: Grade Quarterhorse

Color: Red Dun

Gender: Gelding (Male)

 

Judge has always been a teacher. From the beginning of his riding career, Judge has been a “husband horse.” He has patiently dealt with novice husbands and boyfriends for many years. A horse like Judge is worth his weight in gold. Judge is also our herd's fair and honest leader. You might say he's the Captain Picard of the Starship Epona. Judge continues to serve as weekend "trail boss" and boyfriend horse. His favorite thing is splashing in rivers and creeks. Judge has been a catalyst for significant personal growth for the people he works with. He is honored to continue his teaching career in the skill building profession.    

CHARM

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING TEACHER

Birthday: April 4, 2004 

Size: 15.3 Hands

Breed: Paint 

Color: Tri-Color Tobiano 

Gender: Mare (Female)

 

Before coming to Epona, Charm lived in the city. She had done some weekend horse shows. She may have been a little bored with the lifestyle because she had turned into a bit of a sour Nelly. Since her arrival in the country, Charm is thriving while learning new skills, exploring mountain trails, and teaching in our life skills programs! We think Charm is one of most beautiful horses we have ever seen! Charm is "all in" as an equine assisted learning teacher. She absolutely lights up on work days and even enjoys being consulted on arena setup.  

GYPSY

EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING TEACHER

Birthday: February 2, 2003 

Size: 14 Hands

Breed: Arabian

Color: Jet Black

Gender: Mare (Female)

 

Gypsy is a jet black full Arabian from famous Arabian bloodlines of Bask and Khemosabi who started her life in the show ring. Arabian horses are known to have a very high level of sensitivity. Gypsy came to Epona Experience when, through no fault of her own, she found herself in a rocky situation. She had a caring, but fearful, owner who didn’t have the funds or experience to care for her properly. Gypsy, the newest member of our Epona herd, has flourished since her arrival. She is shiny, beautiful, kind and sensitive and immediately wins the hearts of all who meet her.  

IN MEMORY OF ARTHUR

Birthday: 2006-2018

Size: 9.1 Hands

Breed: Miniature Horse 

Color:  Sorrell Overo Pinto

Gender: Gelding (Male)

 

Arthur, our dearly departed Epona mascot, is the smallest horse we have ever had. He was absolutely fearless, gregarious and fun, and he just loved children. RIP Arthur. May our memories of you remind us to always live life to the fullest and set no limitations! 

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