Equine Encounters Australia is an organisation that has a proven track record in developing and delivering innovative programs that work.

Whether Trauma Support, Leadership Development or Personal Wellbeing our highly experienced and fully qualified team is able to run programs from a number of locations around Australia.

Equine Encounters Australia facilitators all hold qualifications in Counselling, Psychology or Psychotherapy, as well certified Equine Assisted Practitioners, trained through EPI Australia.

Our executive team are committed to developing bench-marked standards for Equine Assisted Therapy, as well as building recognition for its’ potential to bring about life changing benefits.

“Everyone deserves to be the best they can be,
whether in their professional or personal life.”

Brenda Tanner

Founder, Managing Director and Head of Programs


Brenda brings real life experience as both a therapist and global corporate executive, leading people and organisations through change.

Brenda’s life long passion for supporting people through difficult and challenging periods and her love of horses and has been the catalyst for creating Equine Encounters Australia.

Graduate Certificate Gestalt Therapy

Clinical Resource Therapist

Certified Equine Assisted Practitioner

Diploma in Training and Development
Certificate in Adult Learning and Education

David Crispe

 Equine Assisted Facilitator


David is a certified  Equine Assisted Learning Practitioner and has a wealth of experience and qualifications in human services, education and management.

With an extensive career working with people including; NSW Police Service, NSW Juvenile Justice, TAFE NSW Alcohol and Mental Health Unit, and personal development organsations, David’s natural ability allows him to win the trust and respect of everyone he works with.

Bachelor of Youth Work
Diploma of Management
Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment
Certificate III Performance Horse Management

Amii Larsen

Equine Assisted Psychotherapist


Amii is a registered Psychologist and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioner. She has a wealth of experience working with people with addiction, anxiety and depression.

She is passionate about helping people learn new skills and different ways of thinking to move through difficult times in their lives and is excited to be able to bring her other passion – horses – into this work.

Registered Psychologist
Master of Mental Health Sciences
Bachelor of Psychology (honours)
Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis

Rick Klima

Peer Mentor and Facilitator


After a highly successful, 30 year career in the Australian Army, as a Warrant Officer Class 1, Rick continued his career as a regional manager and trainer in workplace safety.

Since joining the team Rick has attained a Diploma in Counselling and is now studying BPsyc.  

Diploma in Counselling

Studying Bachelor Psychological Science

Our Home

Set on 20 acres, in a quiet corner of the Hunter Valley, “Kalagari” is home to Equine Encounters Australia and provides the perfect setting for programs we run in NSW – Whether Trauma Support Programs, Corporate Development or Personal Growth, the tranquil surroundings allow participants to step out of the ‘rat race’, slow down and immerse themselves in the program.