Kathy Taylor is the CEO of HerdWise, LLC and an Eagala Certified Equine Specialist. She is a lifelong lover of horses and will be the first to tell you that her most important life lessons involved these powerful creatures.Born with the heart and spirit of an entrepreneur, she recognizes the importance of good leadership and the ability for teams to work well together in order for businesses to succeed.Her role in the arena is to translate the body language of the horses into metaphors that we can apply to our lives, both professionally and personally. What gets her most excited is helping people discover their own natural talent for and style of leadership and how to put that information to work for better relationships and a more successful life.
In 2011, Kathy received the Innovator Spirit Award presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2012, she was awarded the Rising Star Award by Ignite on Purpose of Irving, TX. Watch her TEDx talk, Harness the Power of the Whisper, here.
Julie Mastin, MA, LPC understands the characteristics employers look for in their employees, and how to identify work related strengths. She is an experienced vocational counselor having worked for several years for a large international insurance company. She also has experience as an office manager and human resource manager for a small business.In the arena, Julie powerfully combines her knowledge of relationships with her business experience for the benefit of the client. She believes deeply in the power of the horse to provide simple, yet powerful messages for all who strive to be exceptional leaders and team players.
As a therapist in private practice in Fort Worth, Julie received the Humanitarian Award from the YWCA Fort Worth in 2008 for her dedication and expertise in counseling young women.
Lesli Figueiredo, MA, LPC has personally experienced the transforming power of relationships with horses. She grew up owning and competing horses and spending summers on her grandparents’ Windy Hill Ranch, a horse breeding and training facility.Lesli began working in the equine assisted learning and counseling field in 2008 while pursuing her masters in counseling. Besides working with students in the Keller School District to develop Trust, Respect, Assertiveness, Intrapersonal and Interpersonal change, and Life Skills, Lesli has also worked with at-risk youth and veterans & their family members.
Lesli earned a B.S. degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a M.A in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is licensed in the state of Texas. Lesli is certified by EAGALA and PATH as both Mental Health and Equine Specialist.
Prior to entering the equine assisted counseling field, Lesli coached the equestrian team at the University of Georgia where she assisted them in winning the 2008 National Championship. She currently works at Freedom Reigns Counseling (www.frcounseling.com ) where she provides Equine Assisted Counseling to adolescents, teens and adults.
Parker County Cutting Center is located in beautiful Aledo, Texas just west of Fort Worth. With two covered arenas, plentiful parking and easy access from I-20, PC3 is our most popular location.
Located in the Historic Stockyards, Billy Bob’s Texas is a unique facility providing a climate controlled arena for your program as well as the ability to cater meals and/or provide entertainment afterward.
Renowned as one of the finest equestrian facilities in the Southwest, Las Colinas Equestrian Center boasts the largest private covered riding arena in the area (with seating and climate controlled viewing areas), a smaller covered schooling arena attached, plus four additional outdoor arenas.
A first-class facility, Willow Draw is located in the quiet and seclusion of Weatherford, TX. You will feel worlds away at Willow Draw. Complete with large covered arena, they also have a small kitchen useful for catering or for small meetings before or after your HerdWise program.