Horses teach us a lot. Very little of it actually has to do with horses.
- A. Lothian
Jess Keenan guides the experience of unforgettable life lessons where the horses are the teachers. She facilitates powerful and innovative programs with horses that allow teens, women, men, professionals and families to experience a heightened sense of self-awareness and self-empowerment, that also provide real-world transferrable skills and offer techniques to bring out strong natural leadership skills in each individual, so that they can step forward in their life and confidently lead change with a level of influence and resilience.
Jess Keenan is a certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, trained by The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning Inc, Canada. She facilitates life skill and leadership development programs with horses as the teachers and is extremely proud to be an advocate for these programs.
It is Jess’s personal mission to see as many young and mature people in our communities as possible, reach their true potential.
For everyone from any background, to be equipped with the resilience, the personal-leadership and self-empowerment skills to assist them moving forward & navigating through life’s challenges with confidence and certainty. It’s important that our young people learn how to harness life skills and relational skills and attributes that foster them creating a meaningful pathway forward for themselves.
As a young adult, Jess knew that her purpose was to be a part of the movement of people developing themselves both personally and professionally through working with horses. Jess continued on a journey of self-discovery with her horses through her 20’s, teaching some confidence building clinics in Tasmania and enjoying the continual journey of growth and development through working with different horses and people.
IJess feels very grateful to be able to share this meaningful experience with everyone who wishes to come and be a part of learning from the horse, those who are ready to move their lives forward and lead change in their own lives.
Around home, Jess has two daughters, Meg and Bonnie. Aside from horses, her other passions include human development, holistic healing, regenerative agriculture principles and conscious parenting. She loves hosting gatherings of women while creating the space for her Vision Board workshops , and just enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life.
Jess is a true “Trailblazer” when it comes to living authentically and consciously creating/pioneering a life led by purposeful experiences. She feels it's very important to keep developing and evolving herself to be the most authentic version of who she is, so that her daughters grow with a sense of confidence, emotional resilience, independence, self-empowerment and authenticity.
She co-runs "What's The Buzz Hills" programs in Mt Barker and Murray Bridge for children and teens on week nights. She has also authored an eBook “Think Your Way To Freedom”.
The same teachings from the horse programs and life principles that she guides and facilitates, have supported her through some tough personal circumstances. She has moved through personal challenges and adversity by using the very tools that are developed in the programs, Jess shares her story openly with those that come along to the programs.
She would love to introduce you to the other invaluable members of her family and who are the amazingly honest and insightful Teachers at Leading Change Experiences;
Cody is a powerful teacher of respecting personal boundaries, and building trust into relationships. Cody doesn't love to be brushed at the initial meeting with people. But after building some rapport with him, he will slowly learn to trust the people who work with him and sometimes allow people to brush him. He loves his food and has a lot to teach us.
Cody’s message is "Trust and Respecting Personal Boundaries"
Hippy is a 15 year old gelding. We bought Hippy in Darwin and as a one year old, he was so weak and unhealthy leaning against a shed wall with a stomach full of sand. He nearly didn’t make it through. We spent the time getting him well, and we went on to eventually start Hippy under saddle. Over the years he has moved interstate 6 times with me and we have been on many adventures together. Hippy never short changes us when it comes to testing where we are at in our own head and heart space when working with him. He has been one of my best teachers and keeps us accountable as to how well we control our emotions and how balanced we are internally.
Hippy’s message is "Accountability and Authenticity"
Dakota is our quarter horse mare (female horse) who is both a good mix of nurturing feminine energy with the strong determination of a mare.
Dakota’s message is "Show Up With Calm But Assertive Communication, and Stay Grounded"
We welcome our newest team member to the herd, “Roy”. Roy is an 10 year old gelding who has done a lot of mustering and worked in a feedlot. He is Jess’s riding horse and took to being a teacher in the programs like a duck does to water. Roy's specialness lies in providing a safe and calming energy that is felt as soon as you are near Roy. He is a bit lazy by nature, so does require some solid leadership skills, other wise he's inclined to just hang back and have a snooze! He does an amazing job at validating people at their core, at their authentic level. Don't be fooled though, while he is quiet, he will still demand that we "show up" as our true authentic selves when working with Roy and have strong but fair leadership.
Roy’s message is "Do The Work To Discover Who You Really Are"