Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship



Dr Hannah Burgon PhD, MA DipSW, MSc, BSc, Cert in Counselling, Cert in Riding Therapy
Director and Founder, Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship

Hannah is a qualified Social Worker and has completed training in Riding Therapy and Equine Facilitated Learning. Hannah holds BHS Stage 1 certificate and a Cert. in Counselling, and has recently completed a PhD into the benefits of Equine-Assisted Learning and Therapeutic Horsemanship under a scholarship at Cardiff University

Di Gammage – B.Ed(Hons), State Registered Dramatherapist, Play Therapist, Core-Process Psychotherapist
Di is a qualified teacher, play and dramatherapist and Core Process Psychotherapist. Di has many years experience of working with children and young people as a residential social worker, teacher and therapist. Di has had a passion for horses all her life and is now realising something she always knew intuitively; that horses can teach humans much about trust, love and healing.

Sessional staff 

Our sessional staff hold a wide range of skills and qualifications and include;

Emma Matambanya
Emma has a diploma in counselling and besides Sirona, works in private practice and with the Domestic Violence and Abuse Service. She has a BA (hons) in Steiner/Waldorf Education where she focussed her studies on child development and emotional behavioural disturbances, and she also worked with children with EBD in primary schools. She is looking to start additional training in child counselling.

Belinda Seaward
Belinda is an author and qualified secondary school teacher, teaching English, Philosophy and Ethics. For the past ten years Belinda has been involved in training her own Arabian horses. Her novel The Beautiful Truth is set in war-time and contemporary Poland and features an Arabian stud farm. Her next book explores the close connection between humans and horses.

Lou Reed-Daunter
Lou has an eclectic background; a diploma in counselling, a teaching qualification, a BA and MA in fine art and a background in television. She now works as a learner guide to young people with a range of learning disabilities. Working for Sirona has strengthened her love of horses and long held belief that if we enter a horse’s world with calm respect they can teach each one of us the lessons we really need to learn.  

Additional sessional staff include BHSAI instructor Jenny Saxby who previously worked with our patron, International classical dressage trainer Heather Moffett, and horse handlers Dani Humphrey and Angie Whitehead who have a wide range of experience between them gained from a racing yard, event centre, bringing on young horses and driving.

Shaun Derioz 
Shaun is our fabulous photograher and maintenance man (and Hannah's husband!)


We also rely on our fabulous volunteers who bring support in all areas such as poo-picking the fields, admin, running our website (thank Lisa!) and support on sessions. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering at Sirona to see what vacancies we have available.