Founder and director of Racing Hearts, Lisa has been helping horses and humans for many years. Originally from Ireland, Lisa made the move to Australia in 2009 to investigate opportunities in the horse racing industry. Since then, Lisa has been called upon by many educational and government representatives to advise on education and horse welfare.

A brief account of Lisa’s journey

Back in Ireland, Lisa developed an equestrian centre which focused on assisting those who wanted to ride for pleasure and in competition and was a regular coach at Pony Club events. Part of this business involved educating horses for various disciplines for clients and retraining retired racehorses. Lisa was a regular competitor in show jumping and horse trials events across Ireland and the UK. After breaking her leg in a riding accident, Lisa was determined to use this time productively and so studied counselling and psychotherapy through Maynooth University. This was the spark that ignited Lisa’s passion for helping people in a different way to traditional riding lessons. 

On returning to riding, she was offered a job as a track rider with a local jumps trainer – a riding technique that was very new to her – to help accelerate her recovery and fitness. This was a pinnacle turning point in Lisa’s life and where her love for the sport of horse racing began. With the economy recession setting in and Lisa’s father, Seamus, being diagnosed with terminal cancer, it was time to wind down the equestrian centre. During this period, whilst supporting her father through treatment, Lisa immersed herself further in the racing industry flying race horses for Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien to race meetings around the world. With the racing bug set firmly in her veins and a taste for what the world could offer, Lisa travelled to Australia.

During her time in Australia Lisa has been employed by the racing industries governing body, Racing Victoria, to advise on education, equine welfare and jumps racing. Lisa has also been called upon by some of the countries leading trainers to ride and educate their race horses. Living on a beautiful property on the Mornington Peninsula with her partner, Equine Veterinary Specialist Glenn Robertson-Smith, and practicing her skills developed at the Equine Psychotherapy Institute, it is time now to combine her qualifications, experiences and passions to offer healing, wellbeing and educational programs to horses and people.

With an appreciation for the life cycle of the thoroughbred bred for racing, Lisa has provided educational programs for horses pre-training, during a training preparation and in retirement after racing. Lisa believes that every horse that is not mentally or physically past the point of recovery deserves the chance to live in a knowledgeable, supportive and loving home. Lisa also believes that every person deserves to offer themselves the opportunity to accept guidance and support through challenging times and that horses can be a powerful support in this healing process.

“I am very lucky to be able to spend my life working with these beautiful animals. I’m even luckier to be able to offer an understanding of their powerful, yet sensitive healing nature to those people who would like to investigate an alternative method to room based education, counselling and psychotherapy programs”.

Lisa was nominated for the 2020 Wakeful Club Lady of Racing Award

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