Our committee members
Here is some info on our committee members
– left to right they are Sue Warrington, Tracey Cumming, Libby Durk, Julie Ponquet, Tracy Moxey and in front Michelle Foonk. We welcome Astrid Bothma as our new secretary with an updated team photo to follow.
I am passionate about working with people to see them develop their potential in every way. I have spent 25 + years working in the field of therapeutic riding from therapy to international sport culminating at the London Paralympic Games 2012. As a therapist, I treat people using various gentle but effective techniques to improve posture, comfort and relieve pain. In other programmes we provide challenges for people to become self- aware and find their own solutions to their mental and emotional well- being, to overcome challenges for themselves or within their work teams or families. I have been married for 30 years and have three children one of whom is married. I have been involved with SARDA for over 20 years and have chaired SARDA Durban for 4 years. I will be resigning as Chair after the AGM in 2020 and look forward to welcoming someone new to take SARDA Durban to the next stage in its growth! I will continue to be involved as I believe this program is so amazing.
I love life. I live in Summerveld with my amazing supportive partner and am the proud mother of my 21 year old son. I run a small livery yard, am self-employed: I sell dog food, Promix Natural Supplements and I am the KZN Speedi-Beet distributor. Above all I am a Life Coach which really is my passion, my conscious intention is to be there for people. I am also part of the Ridgetop Discover Team, partnering with Julie and Tracey; this program is a catalyst for self –discovery. For fun I love mountain biking and eventing, I have THE best horse - TimTam and have a pack of five gorgeous girls (my dogs). I am super excited to be making a difference in SARDA 2020 and cannot express in words the impact SARDA has on so many lives.
I live in Drummond with my husband and three children as well as a whole menagerie of animals including 2 rescue donkeys. I am a crafter and love learning new crafts and teaching them to enthusiastic students. I used to teach kiddies pottery to help develop their fine motor skills and one of my schools was a special needs school. There I found a place in my heart for kids with special needs. I saw an article in the Highway Mail about SARDA and the need for volunteers and joined up. You can never leave a SARDA session without a smile on your face and a sense of wonder for the bravery for these differently able children.
I have been involved with horses and ridden all my life. I have always tried to share the pleasure of riding with others, as a riding teacher and as a side walker for SARDA. I then became involved with the committee, where I ended up as the SARDA Durban chairperson for a few years. I remain on the committee as vice-chairperson. I am the instructor for the Tuesday morning SARDA session.
I’m originally from England. I migrated to Australia and lived there for 35 years before coming to South Africa 3 ½ years ago. I have 2 daughters, one who resides in London and one in Perth. I am a trained nurse, having specialised in Paediatric ENT. My 2 passions are horses and the health and well-being of children. I love the SARDA programme and have experienced first- hand the profound benefits it gives these special children. I love being part of the SARDA team.
I am a retired financial director. My husband Des and I have 2 children, Bronwyn, married to Travis, and Gareth, married to Heather. We have 2 grandchildren Ethan and Caide. My husband retired from his own business early following a stroke. I started riding when I was 5, my daughter also rode from an early age. Our last horse passed on about 14 years ago and since then we ride when we get an opportunity to with friends. I have been on numerous committees over the years; Summerveld Pony Club, KZN Equitation and 2 home owners associations. My hobbies are arts and crafts, gardening and reading.
I have always loved horses and rode for a while as a child but only owned my first horse when I was 35. I have been involved one way or another with SARDA Durban for many years now. I love working with the horses and the children. I have done various courses over the years to assist both. I have 3 children, my daughter is married and lives in Taiwan, my sons still live here. I enjoy pottering in my garden and reading as other hobbies but my main hobby are my two horses.
I am married with two children, Nathan (22) and Kianne (20) who participated in the SARDA program. My husband's profession is in Analytics, investments and he has other business interests, he is the trustee of our family trust and is active in investment decisions both short and long term. As a family we love the outdoors and wildlife and have done some extensive travelling throughout most of Southern Africa. We enjoy hiking, exploring game reserves and farms. I work as a Radiographer at Westville Hospital and have been in this profession for 30 years in mammography and general. I love to cook, bake, sew and read and spend time on our urban farm. Community is really important to me and I have taught LO at a rural school for three years, I am part of the Ladies Tshelimnyama skills development support group and volunteer on a Thursday at SARDA, which I have also been part of for three years.