14 years old, expelled from school for repetitive truancy.
6 months later, sent to a school in a different area.
6 months later, expelled for repetitive truancy.
Home schooled, very poorly. Though she did teach me how to knit 🧶
15, sent to a college to study farming 😕
16, left home and threw myself into my chosen field. Equestrian.
18, looked after hunters.
19, looked after horses at a stately home, began competing, got my HGV & trailer license.
23, trained showjumpers in North Carolina USA.
24, ran a hunter stable.
26, set up my own training stable. Qualified as an equine behaviour consultant.
32, ran a hunter stable & trained horses freelance.
33, worked for a very successful racehorse trainer.
34, set up my own training stable in Saskatchewan, Canada.
36, managed a trekking centre in Ireland, trained horses in South Georgia, Virginia & North Georgia USA.
38, managing day to day operations of a hunter stable alongside my trauma coaching business.
No where did I mention A Levels, or even GSCE's....that's because I have NONE!
I hated school and I hated learning.
It's not because I am "thick" as I was told. It was because I was struggling with the whole concept of a school environment. One with bullies and teachers who were not trauma informed.
I now have a long list of certifications to support the work I do now. Do I need them all?
No, my experiential qualifications are more than enough, yet to have a piece of paper to say 'I can' is a comfort to me.
Perhaps it's because I love to prove those teachers wrong and say 'look, I can learn!'
Exam results are not everything and are best used for ticking boxes.
It's not the end, it's only the beginning!