Ariana (a lifelong horsewoman) is an internationally known pioneer and spokeswoman in the field of equine therapies in which therapists and coaches incorporate horses into human education, healing arts, and leadership development. She founded Leadership, & Horses™ and Intuitive Horsemanship™ in 1989.
She grew up training horses and winning champion awards in dressage, jumping, cross country eventing, gymkhana, reining, and working cow horse. She learned through her diverse experience that horses primary source of communication is intuitive and deeply sensitive to the energetic essence of their environment. Ariana’s Intuitive Horsemanship™ is the next evolution in treating horses respectfully and encouraging the horse’s spirit to be our guide.
Training horse and rider evolved into her Leadership & Horses™ method in which the horse becomes the teacher (guide) of the self development process and the human becomes the student. In 1999, she coined the term ‘Equine Guided Education (EGE)’ as the emerging field of horse as healer gained recognition because, to her, horses do more than ‘assist’ or ‘facilitate’, they ‘are the healers’ that guide the process of transformation and respectful relations with self/other and the world.
She is the author of several books, “Horse Sense for the Leader Within; Are You Leading Your Life Or Is It Leading You,” Equine Guided Education; Horses Healing Humans Healing Earth,” and Planning Your Business in the Horse as Healer/Teacher Professions,” and the DVD “Intuitive Horsemanship.
Her unique and profound method is known as SkyHorse EGE™. Over six thousand professionals from diverse backgrounds have come to her programs to learn and be transformed by horses. Her graduates offer SkyHorse EGE™ around the world.
Ariana is adjunct faculty at Institute for Women’s Leadership, Generative Leadership and Meridian University.
In addition to her contribution to the horse world, Ariana is a Master Somatic Coach and Zoologist. She co-founded Strozzi Institute (The Center for Leadership & Mastery and Somatic Coaching) in 1994. From 1996 to 2012 she presented over sixteen international conferences with the intention to expand human consciousness and create new paradigms for healing, social connection and a respect for Mother Earth.