our mission

Equestrian Movement Began as a way to help horses and their riders achieve maximum development through sustainable training techniques. our mission is to strengthen the bond between riders and their horses by working holistically with the physical, mental and emotional components of development.

Meet the team at equestrian movement

Katie with King

Katie with King

Sarah with Custard

Sarah with Custard

Katie Boniface

Co-Founder & Instructor

I have been a horse rider for 25 years and a riding instructor for 12 finding my passion as a teacher in a riding school environment. From childhood through to my early 20’s I competed successfully at shows, dressage, show jumping and eventing at state level. Having gotten my trophy and ribbon riding out of me when I was young riding became a spiritual practice for me, developing my connection to my self and others on a deeper level. What occurred to me is that you can't have a meaningful relationship with someone that doesn't want to be with you so I set about looking for ways to get my horse to enjoy being around me. 

At the same time I was also working with a couple of horses with soundness issues. Having being told that a horse would work soundly if you work it correctly I dug into the physiology of horse movement and how we as riders and trainers can best work our horses not only for soundness but also for suppleness, maximum range of movement and dare I say to look like they actually enjoyed being ridden!!

And so triggered a profound reassessment of everything I had ever learnt to date about what it meant to be a horse rider, how I was riding and what my goal was from my training. I discovered the importance of the horses mental, emotional and physical health to not only its performance and success but also to its willingness as a participant in our partnership. And I learnt what it meant to have a true connection with the horse and an open 2 way conversation. 

It is my goal and mission in life to share these values with as many horse riders as I can so we can start to see our beautiful horses as equals, partners and part of our own life's journey to better understand ourselves through better understanding others.

Sarah Gallagher 

co-founder, vet nurse & tech services

My devotion for horses and all animals began at the age of 5 when I decided to work in the veterinary industry. Though my life has been spent working with animals in veterinary practice, it has only been recently that I have been able to explore my undying passion for horses and riding. 

My experience includes:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Animal Studies, including physiology, anatomy, and nutrition

  • 16 years of experience as a veterinary nurse

  • 4 years of committed training in equine development and dressage

I first met Katie in 2015 and instantly bonded with her holistic approach to horse and rider training.

Together we developed Equestrian Movement to help more riders reach their maximum potential with their horses, just as we have partnered to help me retrain Custard, my Percheron/Quarterhorse cross.

I’m also continuing to work with Katie to improve my riding skills, so you may see some information come out from the ‘student’ point of view - I hope you enjoy!