I am passionate about the power of horses to help people in a myriad of ways and have made it my life's work to facilitate opportunities for people to come together with horses in therpeutic contexts.
It could be said that I am a horse addict and over the years I have had extensive interactions with horses ranging from competing at international lelvel in carriage driving and at national level in eventing to breeding South African sport horses to enjoying their presence in my backyard.
In terms of coaching I am an accredited EQASA Level 2 coach specialising in equestrian disability sport, as well as holding a FEI Level 1 coaching certificate. In terms of equine assisted therapy I am EAGALA Advanced Certified as well as an international trainer and mentor. My academic qualifications include BSc. Psych (Hons); and I am currently completing an advanced certification in Logotherapy at UNISA. I am also registered as an Assessor and Skills Development Facilitator with SAQA.
JACKY DU PLESSIS
I have a background (some 13 years) in corporate communications and issues management, most of it gained whilst in the fast moving consumer goods industry, followed by experience gained from running my own company for 7 years consulting to local companies, institutions and multinationals on matters relating to corporate reputation and issues management.
During this time I had the good fortune to plan, manage and execute corporate social investment programmes that took me the length and breadth of South Africa and exposed me to people from all walks of life, including the poorest of the poor. It was during this time that the desire to play a constructive role in the development of our country and its beautiful people grew. Marrying this desire with my love of horses, which featured prominently in my school years, is a dream come true at Shumbashaba.
PATRICK ZWELI MASEKO
I am an ambitious and energetic person; honest, obedient, helpful and approachable. I can work as an individual and also as a team player. I adapt easily to different situations and am a mentor to all the institutions I work/ed for. I was elected Community Builder of the year 2001 in region 1 and 2, Diepsloot. As proof of my commitment and responsibility I have been awarded the following certificates: Volunteer Acknowledge 2001 from the City of Joburg, Best Clinical Supervisor of the Year 2004 from the University of Witwatersrand, and Outstanding Service to the Community from Emergency Management Service.
I also serve on the school governing body and am a certified Special Olympics coach. I have a Computer Clerk diploma (Boston Business College), as well as certificates in Basic Bookkeeping (Varsity College), Public Financial Management Act and Project Management (Pretoria University).
I have been a horse addict all my life and spent the past 16 years at Shumbashaba dedicating myself to teaching riding at all levels to children and adults from beginners through to advanced in the disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing and vaulting. I also offer my services outside of Shumbashaba and these include freelance backing and training of young horses, as well as riding privately owned horses that range from basic exercising to advanced schooling for high performance horses. I have obtained a National Diploma in Equine Studies, am a Special Olympics Certified Coach and am EAGALA certified.