Steph is originally from Newcastle in the North East of England, but is now based in Gloucestershire. She has always been passionate about animals, being around dogs and many other small pets in the family home, the love of horses came when she started riding lessons at the age of 6.
She got her first horse on loan at the age of 14 and started competing in jumping and showing classes at local shows, she also volunteered at her local Riding for the Disabled stables.
Steph moved down to Gloucester to go to Hartpury College, completing her BSc (HONS) Equine Science in 2011. Throughout the duration of her degree, Steph worked in many equestrian yards covering a range of disciplines including; dressage, racing, eventing, polo, carriage driving, showing and stud yards. This experience gave her the opportunity to witness a Mctimoney treatment being carried out on a 2 star event horse and she immediately recognised the need for physical therapy in the Equine industry. She also noticed that the treatment appeared to make a difference straight away, whilst being very gentle. A week after this she booked in for a McTimoney treatment herself, with great results, and not long after she applied for the McTimoney Master’s degree in Animal Manipulation.
After being accepted on the course Steph spent the next three years researching and getting hands on experience with all types of animals. During the second year she also completed an animal massage course, which gave her better understanding and feel for the muscular system of these animals. In 2013 she qualified from the McTimoney course, and started up her business. Equican therapies, providing a thorough whole body treatment, which combines her knowledge of massage with McTimoney treatment.