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MARYKE BEVERIDGE "I believe it is never too late to start! Celebrate life for its a journey, enjoy the ride"
Maryke; a wife, mother of three, grandmother of five with the addition of five horses, and two dogs. Family is what Maryke believes in. Her favorite hobby is horse trekking and trail riding, which involves long and relaxing (and sometimes thrilling) horse rides over a variety of terrains.
After spending time as a fitness leader Maryke decided to expand her career by participating in an intensive Life Coach training program. In order to become a Life Coach it was a requirment to participate in the coaching process, which meant Maryke set her first goal, to 'harness her sense of adventure in her career'. Through the coaching questioning process, Maryke discovered she would like to learn to ride a horse. Coaching is action orientated so immediately she began taking riding lessons. At the riding center as she was having lessons, Maryke was offered the opportunity to expand her knowledge by completing a Horsemastership course and become a trail ride guide. She felt as though she was in heaven doing what she loved it.
Next the riding centre offered her 'Zeus', her first horse, and when the centre closed it doors, a new door opened to another exciting prospect. Life often brings to us what we seek and need and this is precisely what began to unfold with Maryke. Together with her wonderful husband they proceeded to find a property to house Zeus and his new friend Pixie. Along the way several new additions made themselves known and soon Maryke had her very own herd of horses. From here, she was lucky enough to attended Catholic Agricultural College with her niece Tanita. This is where they both met Stacy, the Equine Manager extraordinaire! Under Stacy's guidance the pair completed their Certificate II in Equine Industries.
Upon completion of these studies Maryke received employment at the college as a residential carer and equine training assistant. She received on the job training and completed Certificate III in Agricultural Horse Breeding, Horse Safe Australia Instructor and Trail Ride Guide courses, as well as Certificate IV in Training and Assessment allowing her to become an Equine Trainer and Assessor. Having achieved all this later in life Maryke decided to qualify as a Life Coach to help others reach their full potential.
After attaining a Diploma in Life Coaching she created her own life coaching business www.healinghartz.com and not long after, www.Equi-LifeCoaching.com was born whereby horses became an important part of the coaching process. Horses are a symbol of Beauty, Grace, Majesty, Power and Freedom and they often become a mirror for you. Now adding the services of counselling, Maryke is allowing the process to unfold. The business started with Stacy and Tanita being a part of the group, now both these beautiful ladies have gone to greener pastures and for their help and input Maryke will be eternally grateful.
"What makes my heart sing with joy is watching other people grow, believe in themselves and achieve their dreams."
Some of Maryke's qualifications include: I -Diploma in Counselling -Diploma in Life Coaching -Cert. IV in Training and Assessment -Horse Safe Australia Instructor and Trail Guide -Cert. III in Agricultural Horse Breeding -Cert. II in Equine Industries -Cert. in Residential Care -Advanced Aura Soma Consultant -Reiki Master -Diploma of Fitness Leadership (Gym) -Personal Training Certificate -Aerobics Instructor -Senior First Aid -Working with Children and Crimcheck clearance
A serendipitous journey with horses by Maryke Beveridge How did this happen you might ask? Well this is a story in itself. So be prepared to be inspired, bored, gain insight, be judgmental, feel empathy, maybe even compassion, or even find yourself; the list could goes on, however this is my truth and my journey, my interpretation in a very condensed form.
At the age of 47 I decided to train as a life coach, to do this I needed to undergo my own experience of coaching so I said yes, shaking in my boots I set a goal to ‘harness my sense of adventure in my career’, and no it was not a smart goal, it is what I now call a serendipitous goal. I wanted a goal to be adventurous and fun. I was actually going through an internally mentally depressive time, something which most people around me would never have known. I had forgotten the ‘in my career’ part until I found the paper work years later. I am rambling as I am feeling anxious, in case someone may read this and not like it, understand it and judge what I write, however I know it will all be done because we are human and I do it myself, so breathe let go, and believe it will be what it is; a therapeutic letter to my soul, and if anybody ever sees it then that too is was fine.
As lie coaching is action orientated, like me, oh what a reflection, and I quite was fit at the time, I decided I wanted to learn how to ride a horse, why I have no idea, my soul told me so. Don’t you just love that you are one of the crazy ones in life. Off I went; I picked a local riding school and booked a lesson. Well, I fell in love with the horse, their smell, their look of beauty and majesty, their gracefulness, and the powerful presence yet gentle nature and who allow us to ride them, why, good question? I was told I was obsessed, lovely; I didn’t really need to hear that, yet its fine. Being stubborn, another thing I was told, in fact, I thought I was determined to do what I internally felt drawn towards, so onward and upward.
I continued to learn to ride and later was offered a learning experience, working as a stable hand and taking out trail rides, I was in heaven and I was given my first horse, a magnificent pacer I named Zeus, my first mirror, however being a slow learner I didn’t get that till years later. Yes, there was a deep sadness I felt for him and I wanted to give him a home for life. We had many adventurous trail rides together in the pine forest, getting lost and trusting him to find his way home, having him bolt on me and feeling fear and exhilaration at the same time, coming off while in the pines and people coming out to look for me, seeing others cared, wow they were special people. At 50 and as life goes on and so does the learning, however for me horses were becoming a significant learning and healing pathway. I had accessed empowered feelings of being ok, I was only a grain of sand in the scheme of things and happiness was not about the big things, but the little things. The times going for grass walks with my horse, sitting in the paddock enveloped with a sense of joy and grooming in stillness and peace. What I harnessed with them in these times made a hectic life feel ok to manage and making life feel more like magic.
Free to be me Yet things are in a constant state of change, illness had struck the owner of the premises so the riding school needs changed and it was time to look for a home in the country to take Zeus. During my time here I had taken my granddaughter with me on many occasions where she was so loved, so when I left I was offered her favourite mare, Pixie, who due for retirement became a companion to Zeus, and riding pony for my granddaughter, so together they came to live at our new property for more trail riding adventures, how blessed was I. Life was really looking up, an extra job here and there and as serendipity would have it an opportunity to do my certificate II in equine at a local college with my niece. Becoming the oldest teenager there.
Many more opportunities came along the way I was offered work at the college, as a boarding supervisor for teenagers and later in equine, yes once again in heaven, as an equine assistance and moving on to becoming an equine trainer and assessor. Here I fell in love with a foal named Kracker, who I was told I could not purchase as he was destined to be the college stallion. So I allowed serendipity to give me new challenges and with these came achievements I never thought I would be able to do. A new horse came into my life, Shakirah, to add to my herd and her name meant grateful in Arabic. Together we started some social endurance and ended up trekking in some of W.A’s most beautiful country enjoying the beauty of nature, the adventure with friends, the challenge, buying a car, a float and of teaching a horse how to float and when frustrations came along so did the next teacher who would help me through these moment of learning, healing and believing in myself, something I was just not good at and for these souls I will be eternally gratitude.
Nothing is by accident says serendipity My arena in life was expanding and now also my property needed to expand so a new place it became. Turbo who ran away from home ending up at our house just as we were about to leave, was offered to us and thanks to my husband who said yes, not too keen on all these horses, money you know, it’s a bit of a problem, however Turbo wanted to be with his best friend from over the fence, so here he was.
At this stage I believe it is worth a mention that I have a wonderful husband, children, grandchildren, extended family and other smaller animals, all individual, unique, wild, explorative, and experiencing life, not quite like your average family. We are different however together we banded as a family and never the less have made our way in our world, where much love and gratitude which reins between us all, don’t you just love that.
Sadness entered as we lost Pixie my granddaughters beautiful pony, much love and wisdom was shared by her. Many months later as serendipity would have it we heard that an old herd member from the riding school was playing up in his new school so to the rescue I came and bought him home. Oops there seems to be a recurring theme here, still in denial, oh well let’s continues to just plod on. Used to call my husband the denial King, wow the Queen is also in denial, how funny that is. Life will get us where it wants us, all in good time, no hurry. Spot was the man, wise, showing his emotions about how he felt and what he needed us to let him do and that was it his way. He then became the best trail riding boy ever, my granddaughter and Spot were made for each other. As long as he was ridden his way he was as safe as a horse could be. Look at that for learning. Two more horses came our way, Grace and Poppy, now we were going into overload, what is happening here? All was well; I had a good job and loved it.
Life goes on My plans to continue to work at equine, retire at 60 or later and use my superannuation to feed the ‘Royal Family’ named by my husband had; taken a turn. With redundancy came Kracker, so he was meant to be mine all along, interesting, and during my time at the college was taught how to look after and handle a stallion, trust the process of serendipity with the start of a new horse related business. Redundancy, the new horse healing business, then loosing Spot bought to light feelings surrounding the oscillation between anxiety and the inaction of depression. Not much fun or adventure, however making my relationship and time with Kracker unique; I needed no restraints, he was able to be guided and played with at liberty, his loyalty and gentleness so special and our communication on another level of understanding. The business took on a new direction, one of healing.
Everything happens for a reason This became an new awakening process, bringing in a different awareness that something new was starting to emerge and it was taking its time to slowly rebuild new strengths or should I say personally unrecognized ones. I say you may just have got it! I started seeking help, with that help came my own realization that I needed to participate in my own program. Clients were asking for paddock healing sessions and were getting wonderful results so I decided to do my own self-healing process, wow it was amazing. My horses gave me healing in new unique ways and I am feeling more free, clear, joyful, inspired and grateful and with hope continue to allow my journey to unfold. Poppy actually healed my foot of which I had been unable to do any form of excercise on for a number of years. My horses are amazing, doing what they know best as I trust what they have to show me and yet now 60;
Do I continue on this journey?
Do I hand it to the next generation to expand?
I am excited, the trail will be full of challenges, yet I know I can do it and I will allow serendipity and take an active role in the direction that life is taking as this is what brings in adventure and joy.
Whatever happens, the adventure of life continues with my horses being my saviours and my spiritual teachers of love, joy, adventure, hope, healing and the acceptance in life. They have taught me what others couldn’t. There are things beyond explanation that can make a difference to another soul.
My Journey has continued as I have Blazed New Trails and have moved myself and the herd to live in NSW with my daughter and her family and here we will see where our serendipitous adventure of life will take us!!!!!