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Elisabeth Crabtree MSc., GEP, MIAEB, AISRB  – A Stable Connection

In addition to a long career as a Business & Management consultant, Elisabeth also spent several years teaching at colleges & universities in the United Kingdom. More recently, Elisabeth has combined her horsemanship with her business experience in order to develop equine-assisted programs. She now offers various programs to individuals & groups, with an emphasis on professional & business development, communication skills and team building – and offers specific programs for veterinary professionals.

A lifelong equestrian, Elisabeth holds a certificate in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy (GEP) from the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies (GEIR), OK Corral Series certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) & Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), together with an MSc in Education & Training. Elisabeth is also certified with PATH International certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

Elisabeth is an official coach with the International Society of Rider Biomechanics and is always happy to provide demonstration workshops for groups and equestrian establishments. Elisabeth is also a certified Senior Equine First Aid Instructor and an affiliate of Equi-Health Canada, offering a range of courses for all ages and abilities and Equine First Aid instructor training to individuals who want to combine their passion for horses with a business opportunity.

Her credentials include:

Official Coach  – International Society of Rider Biomechanics
Founding Member – International Association of Equestrian Biomechanics
Senior Faculty Member – The HERD Institute
Certificate in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy – Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, USA
Certificate in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Equine Assisted Learning, OK Corral Series
Certification as a Senior Equine First Aid Instructor – Equi-Health Canada
Affiliate & Instructor-trainer – Equi-Health Canada
Certified Instructor – American Red Cross
Certified Instructor – American Heart Association
Certified Instructor – Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning – PATH International
Equine Science Certificate (2018) – University of Guelph, Canada
MSc in Education & Training (1996) – Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Certificate in Education (Further Education) (1993) – University of Huddersfield, UK


Dr. Veronica Lac, PhD, MSc, MA, LPC (DC), GEP – The HERD Institute, A True Image Consulting

Veronica Lac is a registered psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and an Accredited Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute, UK. Since moving to the USA, Veronica has also obtained Professional Membership of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. As the founder of A True Image Consulting, Veronica is passionate about working with clients to enable them to reach their full potential, at home and at work. With her background in Training & Development combined with intensive Gestalt Psychotherapy training, Veronica is experienced in one-to-one coaching and group work from both organizational and therapeutic perspectives. Clients range from large corporate businesses to individuals, couples and families. Veronica holds certification from the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies and is also a PATH International certified instructor. She is the Founder of the HERD (Human Equine Relational Development) Institute, currently based in Orlando, Florida. The HERD offers training for professionals wanting to certify in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy or Equine Facilitated Learning. Veronica’s book is available at Amazon.

Veronica is committed to her continuous professional development to ensure a high standard of service to her clients and students. She holds a PhD in Psychology, specializing in Existential, Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, and International Psychology. Her qualifications include:

PhD. in Psychology – Saybrook University, USA
Certificate in Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy – Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, USA
MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy (2008) – University of Birmingham, UK
NLP Practitioner Certificate (2005) – INLPTA Accredited
MSc in Training & Performance Management (2005) – University of Leicester, UK
Certificate in Training Practice (2001) – University of Leicester, UK
PATH International Certified Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Dr. Naomi Crabtree, DVM, MSc, BSc

Originally from the UK, Dr. Crabtree moved to Calgary, Canada at the age of 9, where she grew up with horses on the family acreage. She completed a BSc in Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Calgary, prior to completing her DVM at U of C’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). Ever in awe of the equine athlete, her professional interests include equine surgery, with a particular interest in soft tissue surgery, lameness and sports medicine. During her time at UCVM, she was an active member of the student governing group, earned numerous academic scholarships and was funded as a Merial Scholar for clinical research, investigating fitness in polo ponies and workload assessments in chuckwagon horses. Having completed a one-year internship at Idaho Equine Hospital, she is currently finishing up a large animal surgery residency at Mississippi State University, with the aim of becoming a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), before moving to the University of Georgia to undertake a Fellowship in Emergency & Critical Care. Naomi would like to one day return to academia to help train future generations of veterinarians and contribute to the body of knowledge with continued involvement in clinical research.

Professional Memberships and Networks
A Stable Connection personnel are members of the following organizations, among others:

International Association of Equestrian Biomechanics (Founding Member)
International Society of Rider Biomechanics
International Society for Equitation Science
PATH International
United States Equestrian Federation
Alberta Equestrian Federation
Equestrian Canada
American Association of Equine Practitioners
American Veterinary Medical Association
Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies (GEIR)
Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT)
American Psychological Association