WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What would you like to share with us?
“The day will come for everybody, where they will get to chose what they wish to do with their knowledge and power. We have decided to share it.”
Born August 23rd, 1962, in the star sign of Leo with the helpful ascendant of Virgo in the heart of the Lüngeburger Heide, Germany
Founder and director of the project; head & heart of Alegría
Trained veterinarian, owner of NOAHS GARDEN, author of non-fiction and fiction on the subjects humans-life-health-spirituality
Mother of 4 grown-up sons and a fostered daughter
Apart from a baby and bringing up children break, Karen cannot live without horses since the first time she sat on one at the age of 5
Trained by Manolo Rodriguez in Arcos de la Frontera on how to ride the classical Iberian way
Trained in classical handwork by Jaques Pieterse and Karin Hess Müller
Education in Natural Horsemanship taught by Tanja Bever; Parelli Instructor from Mallorca and Kim Steutel – Equi Unity Holland
Inspired by meeting famous horsemen: Jean Claude and Kenzie Dysli, Frederic and Magali Pignon, Pat and Linda Parelli, Manuel Jorge de Oliveira and many friends who looked for new ways and found them
Shamanic teachings from medicine men and women from North America, Mexico and Peru
„I love what I do and I share what I love“
Born 07.09.1984 in Bremen, Germany
Trained veterinarian specializing in horses.
Natural horse & life trainer & instructor and equerry of Alegría.
- Worked 5 Years at a horse clinic in Germany
- 1 Year horse/donkey-driving practice in Ibiza
- Project and group leader of events during 6 years
- Vast experience in group coaching and teambuilding
How everything began with horses:
- Started riding and vaulting at the age of 6 (collecting tournament experience)
- First own horse at the age of 10 which is where the passion for working with ‘difficult’ horses comes from
- Annual lessons at different stables in dressage and jumping
- Further education in Western Riding specializing in Reining with Nico Hörmann
- Education in „Natural Horsemanship“ Tanja Bever-Parelli Instructor, Mallorca
- Inspired by Karen Sailer and the Alegria Project
Born November 9th, 1975 in Ireland.
My insatiable love affair with horses began when I had my first pony ride age 5. My professional career with horses started in 1993 and is still my greatest passion.
I trained with the BHS, and worked for top international show jumping and racing yards in Ireland, developing a reputation as a young horse trainer and “problem” horse rehabilitator, before going on to open my own stables due to high demand for my holistic approach.
For 8 years I taught and judged for 5 regions of the SE Irish Pony Club and was also Head Instructor & Yard Manager at Wallslough International Equestrian Centre, Kilkenny, where I collaborated with secondary schools, developing educational programs, lecturing and tutoring.
2002 – moved to Spain and studied Spanish High School Dressage while running a trekking yard, training horses for private clients and organizing equestrian events for the local community. 2012 – worked alongside Don Lavender BA MDiv, Programme Director of Camino Recovery, Marbella, pioneer of EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy) and author of “Equine Utilised Psychotherapy: Dance with those that run in laughter”. 2014-17 – High School Dressage Exhibition rider with a professional flamenco troupe “Pasion y Oro” I was the first female and the first non-national to be invited to ride in the historic arena in Mijas. 2016-17 – Started equine-assisted healing work with my PRE mare and was featured in several national magazines, which we offered alongside a BodyTalk therapist and psychologist, facilitating deep healing for families, couples, individuals and groups.
A truly serendipitous flow of events led me to Alegria in 2018…and the magic now continues to unfold in the EQuiReflect, EQuiConnect and EQuiLiberate programmes I facilitate here. Sharing the magic and wisdoms that horses can bring into our lives on so many empowering levels, is something I am very passionate about.
“Together we re-awaken the MAGIC!”
Inspirational visitor: TANJA BEVER
Born 30.11.1968 in Dortmund, Germany
Since 2011 licensed 1*-Parelli-Instructor in Europe
Trained high school teacher, powner and operator of a Natural Horsemanship centre with the aim of (re) unification of classical and natural horsemanship
- Classical equestrian training FN as a teenager in Germany
- After moving to Spain in 2009 experience with various Spanish riding styles
- 2007-2011 various internships in small animal and equestrian clinics with a German veterinarian in Mallorca
- Since 2004 member of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Programme
- Since 2010 member of the Parelli Instructors Programme
- Since 2011, ongoing education and training in Natural Horsemanship and Classical Dressage in Switzerland and the USA amongst other places
In my work and in my daily efforts to be a little bit better of a (horse) person, I was always and will continue to be inspired by outstanding people and horse personalities (Pat Parelli and Linda Parelli, Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, Nuno Oliveira , Uta Graf, Paralympics champion Lauren Barwick) and the horses themselves:
“There is nothing you can´t do when your horse becomes a part of you.”
Inspirational visitor: Suzanne Struben
Suzanne is one of the horsetrainers from Filmpferde.de and horse master. She started working on shows such as the „Zauberwald“. There she learned from well-known horsetrainers like Franz Althoff. She got to know lots of other very good stuntriders and horsetrainers, so that we have the honour to work with many talented people out of her network.
Suzanne comes once a year to Alegria to give a course. She teaches how to use bow and arrow from horseback, jump on a horse that is cantering and other basic skills of a trickrider. She can also give advice in making the horses used to fire, lay down on the ground and more, in a confident and loving way.