Alissa is the Co-Instructor of the EHS Professional Training Program, an International Clinician, and the Creator of A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™.
The sciences of Somatics (physiology) Classical Dressage (progressive athletic development) and Natural Horsemanship (behavior) have informed and influenced the way Alissa teaches riding, handles and trains horses. Her sessions foster a logical and holistic approach to developing sound horses and happy humans, in a partnership based on mutual trust, safety, healthy posture and movement, clear communication and building the ultimate connection.
2004 BS Equine Business Management from Johnson & Wales University
2005 Eventing Groom/Rider/Trainer at Il Quadrifoglio, Sciolse, Italy
2006-2012 Founded/Directed/Managed Equiloha Farm, Natural Boarding Facility and Horsemanship Program on Kaua’I, HI
2007-2014 Student of Classical Dressage trainer Saskia Martin, Belgium
2012 Certified as an Equine Hanna Somatics® Educator by Eleanor Criswell at the Novato Institute
2013-Present Student of Aimee Brimhall McCord, Inspirational Horsemanship
2015-Present Clinical Hanna Somatics® 3-year Professional Training Program at the Novato Institute
2016-Present Co-Instructor, EHSE Professional Training Program
A Lifetime Student of the Horse, I am endlessly grateful to my most esteemed colleagues and furry professors – the horses in my life – from Marco the Mini, to Toby (the formerly “evil" pony), to the larger equines in my daily life: Jedi my appendix thoroughbred and Master of Sensitivity, and of course Doc A’Nalu, my warmblood/quarter horse cross who waited so patiently for me to learn to offer him a more sophisticated conversation. And all the rest! Keep ’em coming. Much Love!
- Alissa Mayer
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