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Head Coach - Joann Bevens

Joann Bevens
We've been very lucky to find yet another excellent educator, trained in the USA. Joann has eleven years of experience teaching students with diverse learning profiles, and a strong knowledge of childhood development  

Joann is a certified Structured Language Teacher (SLT), and has Masters of Science, Special Education from Texas A&M University,  Joann is also a keen horse woman. 

Maria Cooper*

Maria Cooper Head Coach
Maria Cooper E4E Head Coach
Maria started with us in Sept 2016. She has a wealth of experience both with horses, and with supported riding.

Maria trained as an instructor with PATH Intl (the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), and worked as an Instructor, equine manager, and volunteer with Gallop NYC, a dedicated therapy organisation serving both children and adults with disabilities.

*2018 -  Maria is currently on maternity leave.

Hasanka Perera

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Rayna Toseva - Special Olympics Coach

Rayna has been an instructor at RDA, and has a bachelors in equestrian studies.

Brigid Newton

Brigid Newton
Brigid joined us at the end of 2017. She has been working with horses for most of her life, and her many qualifications and achievements include:
  • Helped train Police horses and riders during this time for Millennium celebrations
  • General Animal Science diploma from UNITEC
  • Centred RIding lvl 2
  • Positive Reinforcement 
  • BHSAI training & exam

Laura Judd

Laura JuddLaura Judd is another highly qualified equestrian and disabilities coach. Laura has a degree in psychology, has a long work history as a support worker in the health and therapeutic sector, and is training  to be EAGALA certified. 

Inge Rickards Coach, Volunteer

Inge Rickards
Inge Rickards is one of our most reliable and hard working volunteers.  Her positive attitude and boundless energy are a huge asset to the team and our clients.

Inge now also coaches on a casual basis for us.



Rebecca Wootten at the Special Olympics Nationals 2017
Rebecca, joined E4E shortly after we started, and has become one of our most trusted volunteers. 

She has Equine Knowledge level 3 cert., volunteered with North Shore RDA for 5 yrs, and worked for a trekking company. ​ 
Rebecca ​currently trains with Special Olympics Hibiscus Coast, where she is a very successful competitor at national level.


Yvonne Hook
Yvonne began volunteering with us at the beginning of 2017,  and has been a huge asset to our programmes with her calm, and cheery manner and great work ethic. 

Maddison "Maddy"

Maddy has been with E4E for 3 years.  She a
lso works with RDA once a week.  "I love working with the horses, and special needs clients."


Suzanne has been a wonderful volunteer, with a calm, caring way of working with our clients, and often helping out in sessions at short notice.  


RachelRachel has been volunteering with us for a couple of years now, and she is a valued member of our equestrian programs.  

Like many of our volunteers she fits her volunteer efforts around school and other activities.