About Us

Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre is run by us, Jo and Giles Boddington. We offer Equine Assisted Learning, where People develop a range of skills, improving their self-esteem, understanding their own behaviour and increasing their emotional intelligence in a supervised horse environment.

Our courses are open to anyone from 6 to 90 years including complex needs, EAQ trainees, team builders and return to workers.

 

Mrs Jo Boddington

Jo holds  a BA (Hons), PGCE, Registered BHSAI, NVQ Level 1+ 2 in Horse Care Assessor, NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care, EAQ Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, First Aid at Work. 17 years day-to-day experience as an equine assisted learning facilitator.

“I have been riding since the age of 4 and for the last 17 years have worked, together with Giles, with horses and people in a facilitation role. I moved to the Isle of Wight from my home on the edge of the New Forest to start up Bodster Equine Assisted Learning here at Ryde”.

 

Mr Giles Boddington

Giles holds the Professional Certificate in Education, NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care, ASET Level 2 Certificate in Health & Safety in the Workplace, First Aid at Work. 17 years day-to-day experience as an equine assisted learning facilitator.

“I have worked in a variety of areas including setting up workers co-operatives selling wholefoods in Scotland and working as a Service Manager in the motor trade but I really found my niche when I started working with young people and horses. The Isle of Wight offers a fabulous opportunity to bring the two together under our supervision.”

Awards

2015 – Business Awards for Excellence, Highly Commended, Social Investment – Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

2015 – Aviva Community Care, Funding Award

2014 – Third Sector Care Awards – Community Engagement

2014 – Business Awards for Excellence, Winner – Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

2013 – Adult Learners’ Week – Individual Regional Award, South

2013 – Community Award – Isle of Wight – Third place

Equine Assisted Qualifications

EAQ (Equine Assisted Qualifications) Limited

EAQ is a specialist organisation which focuses on supporting those offering experiential equine assisted learning.  EAQ support a growing network of equine assisted learning centres throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia. Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre is an accredited EAQ Centre and part of the EAQ Network.

EAQ is committed to developing and providing education, training and qualifications and setting standards of excellence for horse welfare, learners, trainers and other professionals.  By promoting excellence in the provision of equine assisted learning, Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre aims to be an exceptional group making a valuable contribution to the welfare of the horse as well as the development of individuals and the wider community.