So, after working for 30 years plus and finally retiring, what is the obvious thing that one does? Well of course, buy a farm! This is exactly what Marlene Armstrong did when she leapt out of her full-time career. Not so much Maureen Donoghue. For about 3 years after she jumped off the work-a-day wheel, she launched a studied practice of doing nothing at all…….and then the two went out for lunch.
Marlene shared a newspaper article she had read. It detailed how, for many years, horses have been helping humans grow both personally and professionally. Her enthusiasm tapped into not only Maureen’s passion for lifelong learning but the intelligence of animals to inspire. In no time, the two signed up for a year-long certification program to become Equus Coaches and in 2011, Unbridled Coaching was born.
And so, the M&M Team galloped into coaching with their unbridled enthusiasm. Within the first few sessions, they were both rocked with how quickly their clients had powerful insights and not only that, took the next steps to transform their lives. Frankly, what the what??? It was clear that the horses had superpowers beyond Maureen and Marlene’s understanding to help humans. It took at least another seven years before they could even articulate to others what exactly was taking place. The only expression that seemed to capture it was, “People Whispering”. And, to be honest, the mystery continues!
Over the years, Unbridled Coaching has been graced with super star clients that have shown up with courage to be vulnerable and learn more about themselves. A beautiful community has evolved and there is an energy of the wisdom of the herd moving from strength to strength. Please explore more of all that is being offered here, as we would LOVE for you to be part of our herd.
Come and Let the Horses Whisper YOU!
Co-Founder & Certified Equus Coach
Co-Founder & Certified Equus Coach
She has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and religion, a Bachelor of Education with a concentration in counseling and a Master of Education in educational counseling. In addition to traveling and reading, Maureen’s passions include agility training for dogs where the learning opportunities are infinite!
Maureen underwent a year-long training program with Koelle Simpson, a world-renowned Master Equus Coach. Maureen has since been applying that training in the National Capital Region with her business partner Marlene Armstrong, and has never looked back. Maureen is particularly adept at putting people at ease, thereby creating a relaxed environment that is more conducive to learning and having a little fun
Clara – is a beautiful dark bay Hanoverian who arrived at Foxview Stables a year and a half ago, a 3 year old in for formal training, so that she could be sold by her then owner to an up and coming rider. Clara immediately stole our hearts and patiently waited in the paddock for Sophie who bought her after searching far and wide for a riding partner. Clara continues to work her magic by connecting with the hearts of our clients in our Meditation with Horses Program. She is a superstar at holding safe space.
Dusty – is 30-year-old Appendix has been there, done that, in the horse competition world. She is as solid as they come… both physically and emotionally. She is Unbridled Coaching’s “go-to gal” when it comes to helping clients see their blindspots and showing them exactly how they are showing up, without any judgment whatsoever. Another master meditator as well!
Cedric – is a bay OTTB (off the track thoroughbred) who enjoys his nap times! In fact, every morning you can see him “zen-ed” out in the paddock. When it comes to working with clients, he can continue that zen or show up large! Liz his generous owner allows Cedric to work his magic in meditation and other coaching sessions (one-on-one and group).
Turika came to Foxview Stables as a 4 year old (now 9) all the way from northern British Columbia! She was gangly and looked a bit like a deer with her large ears (and a small body at the time). She has blossomed into a beautiful, sweet-hearted horse and has won the hearts of many of Unbridled Coaching’s clients. Samantha is now her proud owner and has generously agreed to keep her in our program!
Smooze belongs to a teenager, Lia, who simply adores him (and rightly so). Another OTTB who knows how to teach our clients how to chill and unwind. Also part of our meditation with horses series. That heart on his face says it all!
Cheniah full of character is a beautiful bay Warmblood mare. She is one of our superstar meditators. Her owner Emma loves for her to participate in the meditation sessions as she imparts her wisdom to clients around the circle.