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Eagala Global Network Coordinators

Eagala has over 2,500 certified members in over 40 countries with formally approved Eagala Networking groups for peer support, collaboration and networking in many of those countries and states - see list of networking groups and their coordinators at bottom of page below.  

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Regional Directors

Regional Directors support members and address questions specific to the region.  For general information on Eagala and trainings, please contact the central office

Sharon BoyceEagala Africa

Sharon Boyce

+27 84 500 0672

Sharon is passionate about people and horses. Her belief is that if people can be assisted to find meaning and purpose in life, they will live life optimally and move closer towards becoming the best they can be.

Many years after walking away from Clinical Psychology, Sharon returned to complete a master’s degree as a Counselling Psychologist and is currently licensed as an intern psychologist whilst she completes the final academic requirements. As an international diplomate of Logotherapy, she is a pioneer in combining Logotherapy with Eagala Model equine-assisted psychotherapy and personal development.

As a child, Sharon fell in love with horses and her equestrian journey has traversed the roads of competitive eventing and combined carriage driving, sport horse breeding, para equestrian and Special Olympics, equestrian administration as well as therapeutic riding and Eagala Model work. She founded the Shumbashaba Community Trust that provides a safe space to children, families and caregivers from disadvantaged communities. In this space they find hope and self-worth through the context of the horse; the environment, sport, recreation and the Eagala Model.

Sharon is Eagala advanced certified and can perform the role of the horse specialist or mental health professional. Within the Eagala community, Sharon is a mentor and a member of the training team. She is a published author in the field of equine-assisted psychotherapy and is committed to ongoing research and learning in this field.

She passionately advocates that the Eagala Model uniquely positions horses in mental health and well-being to provide meaningful prevention and interventions that facilitates improvement in the lives of all people.
Her life motto is: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because, what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (Howard Thurman)

Carey KhanEagala Europe & Middle East (EME)

Carey Khan

+ 44 (0) 7949 862464

Carey has spent many years working in the corporate environment in General Manager & Directorship roles. For her entire life, she’s been involved with horses which made a positive impacted in her early years struggling in education.

Carey certified with Eagala in 2013 as an Equine Specialist and for the first three years worked with a variety of clients. She now focuses on supporting children and young people who experience social, emotional or mental health difficulties as well as building resilience in families.

Carey is really excited to be playing a key role in supporting the members and the development of Eagala in Europe and the Middle East.


Annie RicaldeEagala LatinoAmerica

Annie Ricalde

+52 155 5435 8443

Annie has a background in mental health as well as the equine specialist side. She is a practicing Psychologist in Mexico and is a national competitor and champion in Dressage. She founded TAAC, which focuses on working with corporations using the Eagala Model. She has worked with many large and small corporations in Mexico with teams who range from CEOs to cleaning-service staff.

She also works in partnership with equine-assisted psychotherapy where she practices the Eagala Model focused on child trafficking, addictions, sexual abuse, depression, and eating disorders. She has worked with clients who simply want to focus on personal development, to clients with severe issues including suicide and those suffering psychotic breakdowns.

Annie was first certified in 2004, and has since earned her Eagala Advanced Certification. She also conducts Eagala Fundamentals trainings for the certification program and serves as a mentor to the community. She is committed to spreading Eagala and the Eagala Model standards throughout Latin America and has helped translate many of the materials into Spanish.

Michelle BlackEagala Pacific

Michelle Black

+61 0475 197 157 

Michelle Black is the founding Director of Elegrow, a Consultant and Practitioner.   An advocate for leveraging the evidence to solve industry problems, Michelle developed Australia’s first evidence-based program to combat compassion fatigue among community care professionals and has more than 20 years’ experience leading organisational development and change in the commercial, government and not for profit sectors.

Michelle has a Master of Counselling, a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Management, is a registered ACA counsellor and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Training and Development.  Michelle has presented her research on Compassion Fatigue at a number of national and international conferences and has published peer reviewed articles in the Counselling Australia Journal and the Australian New Zealand 17th International Mental Health Conference papers. 

Michelle is Eagala Certified and is a strong advocate for educating government and the community about the quality, ethics and standards of the Eagala Model in addition to the risks associated with non-regulated practices.


Mickey DiGiacomoEagala USA/Canada

Mickey DiGiacomo
+1 801 754 0400
Mickey has spent her lifetime in the equine industry from 4-H to breaking and showing horses to fifteen years spent as a jockey, riding in ten different states. She retired from riding and moved to the racetracks of the west coast (to be warm!) for three years as an exercise rider. She eventually left the track and created a riding program for a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed boys — Sierra Boys Ranch. She also worked as a residential counselor and house director for the program.
Mickey attended her first Eagala training in September 2000, after which she became Equine Services Director for Sierra Family Services and helped transform the equine component into a true Eagala Model program. Literally hundreds of hours of Eagala sessions later, and after contracting as an Eagala trainer since 2004, Mickey became Eagala's Program Director in 2005 and has since shifted to working full-time as the USA/Canada Director for Eagala.
List of Eagala member countries and networking groups/coordinators
Eagala Africa
Regional Director: Sharon Boyce
  1. South Africa: Eagala Cape Town, Sarah Garland+27 (0721261096); Eagala Johannesburg, Jane Pike, +27834087752; Eagala Free State, Este Pistorius,+27827703615
  2. Zimbabwe

Eagala Europe & Middle East (EME)

Regional Director: Carey Khan & Regional Coordinator: Philippe D'Helft

  1. Austria
  2. Belgium: Eagala Belgium, Marianne Depestel and Jef Docx
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Denmark: Eagala Denmark, Karina Bjerreman
  6. England UK: Eagala London North, Nicola Swain; Eagala London South, Carey Khan; Eagala North England, Audrey Honeyman; Eagala Cumbria & Scottish Borders, Tracie Faa Thompson; Eagala England South West, John Daniels (Cornwall and surrounding areas) & Zeb Nawaz (Gloucestershire and surrounding areas)
  7. Estonia
  8. France
  9. Germany: Eagala Germany, Nina Romanczuk-Seiferth
  10. Greece
  11. Ireland: Eagala Ireland, Joe Slattery
  12. Israel: Eagala Israel, Ruti Scharia
  13. Italy
  14. Lithuania
  15. Netherlands: Eagala Holland, Annelies Boers & Mariel Schaefers
  16. Northern Ireland UK
  17. Norway
  18. Portugal
  19. Saudi Arabia
  20. Scotland UK: Eagala Cumbria & Scottish Borders, Tracie Faa Thompson
  21. Slovenia: Eagala Slovenia, Ana Bordjan
  22. Spain: Eagala España, Katrin Koperschmidt & Ines Fernandez Barnosell; Eagala España Poniente, Lourdes Baena Preysler
  23. Sweden
  24. Switzerland
  25. Wales UK

Eagala LatinoAmerica 

  1. Argentina: Eagala Argentina, Sol Markich, +54911-5057-5232
  2. Bolivia
  3. Brazil: Eagala Brazil, Ana Paula Nobrega Samico, +55 81 3227 0056 or +55 81 99683 9427 (WhatsApp)
  4. Chile: Eagala Chile, Carolina Herrera Labarca, +56 9619 2703
  5. Colombia: Eagala Colombia, Alejandra Villegas Ruiz, +57 310 496 2840
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Ecuador
  8. Guatemala
  9. Mexico: Eagala Mexico City, Annie Ricalde, +52-1-5-54358443; Eagala Guadalajara, Mercedes Arambula, +52 133-14253737; Eagala Central Mexico, Carlos Federico Mancera Esquivel, +52 155 4525 0795
  10. Panama
  11. Peru
  12. Portugal
  13. Puerto Rico
  14. Uruguay: Eagala Uruguay, Natalia Salgado, +598 9444 8187

Eagala Pacific

  1. Australia: Eagala Sunshine Coast Queensland, Helen Sorensen, 07-54788239; Eagala Victoria, Fay  McCormack, +61 0431 260 064; Eagala Sydney, Tara Sutton, Tasmanian Eagala, Sally Beaumont, 0458 488 822; Eagala Northern NSW, Sally Mills
  2. Japan
  3. New Zealand: New Zealand, Deirdre Ryan, New Zealand, Renee KeenanNew Zealand, Gail Morley
  4. Singapore
  5. South Korea

Eagala USA/Canada

  1. Bermuda
  2. Canada: Eagala Alberta, Lana Caldwell, 403-593-2220; Eagala Prairie Manitoba, Kim Ryan-Nicholls, 204-725-7907; Eagala Southern Ontario, Anne Porteous, 905-876-5423, Eagala Ottawa, Donna O'Connell, 1-613-329-3832
  3. Cayman Islands
  4. USA







  • Eagala New England (NY, CT, MA, VT, RI, NH, ME), Vicki Smith, 845-797-4820










Maryland, Delaware & Virginia 






  • Eagala Southern Nevada, Kim Godby, 702-580-7192

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota





Rhode Island

South Carolina






Virginia/West Virginia