Jane realised a lifelong dream of working with horses when she moved to her property in Terrey Hills on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2011. Her passion for horses that had until then been a serious hobby became a full time job. Jane set up Willow Wood Stables as a performance horse agistment, training and coaching facility, and has qualified as a riding coach.
Since living with her horses and working them on a daily basis, Jane was blown away by the positive effect horses have on people, especially non-horsey people. Keen to share this special insight with a broader range of people, she qualified as an Equine Assisted Learning facilitator in March 2015 with equine Connection International and established her own EAL business, Leading Edge Life Skills. Jane works with three main client groups; youth and schools, women’s groups and corporate leadership and team development. In January 2017, Jane undertook further training in Canada with equine Connection to become their only certified instructor in the southern hemisphere.
Prior to opening Willow Wood Stables, Jane worked in corporate marketing and public relations both in Australia and internationally. Jane lived in Germany for six years and was a marketing communications manager for SAP Software at their headquarters in Waldorf, Germany. She was responsible for the Asia Pacific region and helped launch SAP in China over 20 years ago.
After returning to Australia, Jane has had various marketing and public relations roles in both corporate companies and consultancies and has worked with clients from various industries including banking and finance, engineering, consumer and retail as well as not-for-profit organisations.
Jane is married and has four children, three dogs, two cats and too many horses.