Our Team

Nancy Winton

HEART Equine-Assisted Facilitator and Coach

Nancy is a passionate and dedicated educator, who has had the opportunity to facilitate learning for diverse groups of individuals across various environments in Canada, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Her wish for all learners is for them is to take with them a growth mindset and an “I can do it!” attitude. With 7 years’ involvement in equine-assisted activities and therapy behind her, Nancy is one of our most experienced coaches.

  • 10 years as a classroom teacher working across varied academic/age levels (nursery-year 8/ages3-13) and diverse cultural backgrounds
  • 7 years’ involvement in equine assisted activities and therapy, as a therapeutic riding instructor, equine-assisted learning facilitator and other roles as a program volunteer and summer staff
  • 5 years working with young people with additional needs
  • 1 year as a weekend manager of a riding school and yard
  • 4 years as an administrative assistant in the medical and rehabilitation industry
  • 12 years in the retail industry (customer service and management)
  • Qualified/Certified teacher status in England and Canada
  • HEART Equine-Assisted Facilitator and Coach Diploma (2020)
  • CEIP-ED (Certified Equine Interaction Professional-Education) ~ Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (2018)
  • Equine Facilitated Learning Facilitator ~ graduate of the HEAL Equine Facilitated Learning Model™  and Cartier Farms Equine Assisted Learning Building Blockstraining programs (2017)
  • Master of Science in Childhood Education (2011)
  • Therapeutic Riding Instructor (registered level) ~ PATH Int (2003)
  • Autism and Behavioural Science Post-graduate (PG) certificate (2014)
  • Early Childhood Education Advanced Studies in Special Needs PG certificate (2005)
  • Equine Science Certificate (2008)
  • Forest School Leader qualification (Level 3) (2017)
  • Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner (2018)

Cynthia Platt

HEART Equine-Assisted Facilitator and Coach

Cynthia has had a varied and interesting career path from which she has gained a wealth of experience in both customer and educational support sectors.

She worked as a Samaritan for a number of years and is also CRUSE-trained.

The listening and empathic skills gained during these experiences are invaluable for Cynthia’s role here at The HEART Centre where she is able to indulge her love of horses and keeps her own horse, Brock, at the yard.

  • Assistant Manager in a hospital Catering Department
  • Cabin crew for major airline
  • PA to Head Teacher of Special Needs School in Richmond
  • Trained Samaritan
  • HEART Accredited Equine-Assisted Coach and Facilitator/Coach
  • ILM Accredited Wellbeing Coach
  • CRUSE Bereavement Support Volunteer
  • Reiki Levels I and II
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Riddhima Kowley

HEART Equine-Assisted Facilitator and Coach

Riddhima’s passion for her work, together with her skills and experience, enables her to create a deep confidence in vulnerable children and teenagers that helps them transition powerfully into adult life.

A student of natural horsemanship, Riddhima believes in the value of a true and authentic connection as an important means of gaining trust in both horses and humans.

  • 12 years in Learning & Development for various organisations
  • 10 years in Psychology working as Professional International Coach and Horse-Assisted Educator
  • Founder and Director of NIRSARA Ltd (Horse-Assisted Leadership and Team Development)
  • BA Social Sciences
  • Accredited coach – ICF ACC
  • Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming)
  • HEART Equine-Assisted Coach and Facilitator
  • Licensed Horsedream Practitioner for corporates and teams