About Me

My Story
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My Philosophy

When it's killing me,

When will I really see,

All that I need to look inside. 

~ Red Hot Chili Peppers (Snow)


My Core Beliefs:

  • We possess the best answers for ourselves within ourselves.

  • If we want to make the world better, we have to start with making ourselves better.

  • Nature is always giving us clues and pointing us in the right direction. It's our job to pay attention.


With the horses acting as our partner, I help facilitate listening and learning.  Contact me to learn more.

I'm a farmer's daughter. I was raised on a multi-generational family ranch in Northern California with black Angus cattle, wine grapes, and pears. Dinnertime was spent discussing the weather and politics.


Growing up, I learned to read the sky and the wind. Our family lived by the seasons. There was a time for work, for rest, for play. 

In grade, middle and high school, I ran livestock enterprise projects and rode and showed quarter horses. In college, I studied nutrition and wellness, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Post-college years were spent doing sales, marketing and public relations for adventure travel companies. More weather, more politics, more stress, more life.


Ready for a change and wanting to spend more time with my horses, I completed the rigorous 1000-hour prerequisites to sit for the national exam to be a Certified Equine Interactive Professional-Educator (CEIP-ED), including a year-long equine-facilitated internship working with teens and adults in recovery. 

Since I've been credentialed, I've founded a girls' equine life skills program, started a networking with horses evening for professionals, and developed leadership and team building programs for the business/corporate world through my licensing with Horse Dream in Europe. I'm continuing to work with clients in recovery as well.

I am so fortunate to do work I love, blending skills and knowledge I've gleaned and gained from my very earliest life through present time. I get to collaborate with many talented horses and colleagues offering a variety of programs meeting life's different stages.

Stephanie Holdenried 


Tel: 1-415-779-4007

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