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Rugaiya Al Sharhan
 

Mishref, Kuwait

 

E-mail: r.alsharhan@gmail.com

Phone: + (965) 9009-6672

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The Equine industry is blooming in the Arabian Peninsula, as growth is an important part of development, I am constantly looking for professional development opportunities. I am always willing to learn new things to help build a strong foundation and help spread awareness of all things gentle and equine related. I am looking for a full-time position in the equine field, where my skills can be utilized to the fullest. I am currently enrolled in The Equine Kinesiology Taping Holistic Animal Course Certification by Angel's Animals Holistic Animal Courses™, as well as Chris Irwin's Irwin Insights Nederland™ Equine Psychology and Behavior Master Certification Program. I am dedicated to animal welfare and spreading awareness of natural communication derived from understanding animal psychology and their biomechanics. I like to incorporate the use of essential oils (aromatherapy) in the healing process to help calm, relax, treat and prevent diseases caused by natural, physical, and emotional stress and illness, etc. My services include equine psychology and behavior assessment, solutions through customized programs, as well as equine bodywork and rehabilitation and Aromatherapy solutions for natural wellness.

“Think not what your horse can do for you; ask what you can do for your horse!”     -  Chris Irwin

Work experience
Equine Psychology & Behavior Specialist (Freelance)
A Private Equestrian Club 
2017 - present

  • Equine behavior and physiological assessment and solutions.

  • Equine training and groundwork specialization.

  • Equine behavior modification. 

  • Starting and retraining a Friesian 'green horse' to go under the saddle safely using Irwin Insights.

  • Bit-less and liberty training.

  • Equine Desensitization to foreign objects to treat/prevent spookiness.

  • Equine therapy massage (beginner level of the Jim Masterson method).

  • Horse games for development and to establish better connections

Equine Specialist and Manager 
K’s PATH (Kuwait's Society for the Protection of Animals and their Habitat; A non-profit Organization) Wafra, Kuwait

​2016 - December 2017

  • Equine psychology/behavior Assessment and training services; working with multiple rescued and rehabilitated horses.

  • Training horses to go under the saddle, using gentle, natural horse-language methods: Groundwork specialization; Lunging, Driving, In-Hand, Leading, Loose-Lead, Long Lining, Flatwork, Liberty training, Desensitizing, Starting green horses, and Coaching.

  • Equine behavior/dangerous behavior solutions and physical assessment for abnormalities.

  • Using mild equine bodywork massage techniques on sore muscles and tissues for pain relief and improved blood flow and performance.

  • Conducted Horse Handling & Essentials training workshops for staff members at the shelter. 

  • Designed, implemented, and constructed new layouts for the equine department using 3D Designs programs.

  • Established and managed the Equine department 

Horse Training (seasonal) 

Irwin Insights Nederland - Paard en Bewust Zijn in Castricum, NL 

​2016 - present

 

  • Equine behavior/psychological assessment and solutions.

  • Training multiple breeds and personalities of horses of all ages from youth to seniors.

  • Horse and barn essentials, including, but not limited to: grooming, stabling, and horse handling.

  • Groundwork specialized training: Lunging, Driving, In-Hand, Leading, Loose-Lead, Long Lining, Flatwork, Liberty training, and Bitless training.

  • EAPD (Equine Assisted Personal Development); a paradigm shift experience in conscious awareness. (Learning how to communicate respectfully and consistently with the personal core – their primal energy – so that self-assurance balanced with empathy is expressed through non-verbal behavior).

Project Coordinator
Australian College of Kuwait 
​2013 - present

 

  • Managed the ACK Alumni and Career Placement Center. 

  • Launched ACK Alumni Internship program and ACK Alumni Brand design and management. 

  • Project Management:

    • Small Businesses Funding & Support Seminar, in collaboration with the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait hosted by ACK February 2015.

    • Presenting Youth Better Future Business Opportunities event, in collaboration with the Amiri Diwan of Kuwait and Kuwait Publishing House Company hosted by ACK April 2015. 

    • Managed, planned and executed ACK Graduation ceremonies including: ACK Graduation Ceremony 2014 (ACK's 10th Year Celebration), ACK Graduation Ceremony 2015, and ACK Graduation Ceremony 2016. 

    • ACK Career Fair 2018, managed, planned, and executed the event. 

    • Organized and managed professional LinkedIn Workshop & Seminar events 

  • Developed and implemented new policies and procedures.

  • Managed a team of employees and successfully conducted Performance Management Appraisals.

  • Liaison with internal/external Organizations and developed professional relationships for new business opportunities; Networking. 

Communications & Advertising                             
Casualized Retail Company 
  • Contributed creative ideas/designs and raising brand awareness via social media forums

  • Assisted in planning and organizing a booth setup for various events: Mawahib, Proud 2 Be Kuwaiti (P2BK), Pretty Little Things (PLT), and the Annual American Holiday (Christmas) Bazaar.

Communications & Advertising - Internship            September – November 2010
Caviar Creative Group
  • Assisted in planning and launching innovative, creative and effective communications campaigns, such as NBK Customer Service Campaign 2010 and NBK Eid 2 video advertisement 2010. 

 

Communications & Design – Freelance                    May 2008 – August 2010

N-Bar Nail Lounge 
  • Collaborated with the design team on marketing materials to increase consumer awareness,

  • Created new Corporate Identity; Logo, slogan, package design, and interior refurbishment and design.

Fluent in English

Fluent in Arabic

Skills

Equine Psychology & Behavior Assessment and Solutions

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Dangerous Equine Behavior Solutions

Starting "Green" Horses 

Equine Groundwork Specialization

Bit-less Training & Riding

Equine Assisted Personal Development (EAPD)

The Art of Lunging 

Liberty and Natural horsemanship

Animal/Wildlife Photography

Animal Welfare & Protection

Heartsaver First AID CPR AED

Emotional Intelligence

Project Management

Event Management & Planning

Liaising, Networking & Coordinating Skills

HomeDesign 3D Application Skills

Arts, Design, photography & Videography

Education​
Essential Oil Specialist & Certified Aromatherapist
Aromatherapy 
Aromahead Institute - Florida 
2018 - 2018
Equine Kinesiology Taping 
Equine Bodyworker and Kinesiology Taping Specialist
Angel's Animals Holistic Animal Certification Courses 
2018 - 2019
Equine Assisted Personal Development (EAPD) 
EAPD Level I Certification
Irwin Insights Nederland - Paard en Bewust Zijn – Castricum, The Netherlands 

​2016 - 2017

Equine Psychology & Behavior Master Certification Program 
Groundwork Specialist Level I & Level II Certificates
Irwin Insights Nederland - Paard en Bewust Zijn – Castricum, The Netherlands 
2016 - 2017

BA in Communications & Media
Double Concentration in Advertising & Public Relations 
American University of Kuwait 
2007-2010
Psychology & Literature 
Saint Mary’s University – Halifax, NS, Canada 
2004 - 2007

Certifications & Achievements​

Master Level Equine Psychology & Training Specialist - Irwin Insights Nederland - October 2017

Equine Assisted Personal Development EAPD - Irwin Insights Nederland - October 2017

Secrets of Body Language - Australian College of Kuwait - November 2017

Emotional Intelligence - Australian College of Kuwait - October 2017

Managing Safely in Kuwait - Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH, UK) - September 2017

Heartsaver First AID CRP AED Certificate - American Heart Association (AHA) - September 2017

Equine Groundwork Level 1 & 2 Certificates – Irwin Insights Nederland - May 2017

 

Project Management Professional (PMP) - Certificate of Attendance – September - 2015

ISO 9001 Auditor TrainingJanuary 2015

Horsefulness Groundwork Training ProgramMarch 2017

Horsefulness Liberty Training Program - June 2016

Performance Management Appraisal Briefing Workshop - March 17th, 2016

Natural Horsemanship Program: from foal to bridle horseMarch 2015

Certificate of Appreciation Award - ACK Graduation Ceremony 2013

Produced, directed, edited, and recorded Voice Over for an unpublished documentary on Om Saud and the Dickson House entitled, "A Legend in Her Own Time." – BA final project 2010

Volunteer Work

Center for Child Evaluation and Teaching (CCET; A non-profit organization for children with learning difficulties).

Volunteered, assisted in planning, and attended the First Annual International Conference for Children with Learning Difficulties.

The American Women’s League Annual Holiday (Christmas) Bazaar – Volunteer and yearly Vendor. 

Irwin Insights Nederland by Chris Irwin - attended multiple horsemanship clinics, demonstrations, and events in Holland.

KsPATH (Kuwait’s Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat) – Volunteer and horse trainer and rehabilitator at the animal shelter in Wafra.

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