Annika O’Kane

IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND


Contact details:

Newry and Mourne Northern Ireland

Telephone: 00353 87 400 0083
Email: equimind@mail.com

Qualifications

EBA Accredited Behaviourist, SEBC PTC, BEd and DipHE

Bio

Born in Sweden, Annika has a strong background in Education. She holds a BEd (Hons) from Umea University, Sweden, a DipHE (Hons) from Trinity College, Dublin, has extensive experience in the Swedish and Irish Education systems, and was employed by the Irish State Examinations Commission as an assistant examiner. Holding a SEBC (Society of Equine
Behavioural Consultants) PTC (Professional Training Certificate), Annika is a qualified Equine Behaviour Consultant.

As a young girl, Annika worked at an Arabian stud farm in Sweden, training and competing horses in showing, dressage and show jumping. From this grew a passion for the concept of training, which she has developed over the past thirty years. At the
age of sixteen she was sent for tuition in showing Arabs, to Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

Upon returning to Sweden she worked as a professional within the Arab horse showing circuit. Having produced horses up to Third level dressage in the Classical tradition, she focuses her work on training and freelance riding instruction with the belief that for successful horse-human relationship and performance, it is essential to create a solid
foundation consisting of emotional calm and balance within a equine-centric holistic approach.

With her keen interest in education, training and interspecies relationships, Annika has combined these passions by working as an Equine behaviour consultant, a freelance riding coach, and offering clinics promoting Equine mental health.

Residing in the beautiful Irish countryside, she is currently furthering her coaching qualifications to complement her consultancy business. In her spare time you are likely to find her with her nose in a book standing by the principle of “The day you stop
learning is the day you die”, or out in the fields, together with her husband and children chanting: “There is no bad weather, only bad clothes”