Belinda’s passion for helping animals began in her youth. At the age of thirteen, she joined a Wildlife Animal Rescue and Care group in New South Wales, helping with the rehabilitation and release of hundreds of birds, mammals and reptiles.
Around this time she also discovered Homeopathy, using a remedy prescribed by a Homeopathic practitioner for her family dog Blossom, who had an ongoing skin condition. As Blossom recovered, Belinda’s fascination with Homeopathy began.
In 1998 Belinda and her husband Scott moved to Tasmania and set up Scolinda Stud on fifty acres of beautiful pasture in Lebrina, northern Tasmania. In the years since, they have achieved many Supreme Champion awards with the Welsh cobs and miniature horses and ponies.
In 2007 Belinda left a successful career in retail management as her drive to help other people’s animals with natural remedies grew stronger. Since her early experience in helping her dog Blossom, Belinda had been using such natural remedies on her own animals with great success.
Belinda studied at the St Francis College of Animal Homeopathy in Western Australia and achieved her Diploma of Animal Homeopathy in October 2007. She also gained a Level 1 Certificate in Human Anatomy and Physiology, a requirement for the Homeopathic Diploma, with the National College of Traditional Medicine. Belinda has also completed her Certificate in Animal Nutrition with the Holistic Animal Therapy Organisation & certificate in Pasture Management after studying with the National College of Traditional Medicine.
Also in 2007, Belinda was introduced to Equine Touch when she attended a course run by its founders, Jock and Dr Ivana Ruddock, who travel all over the world training practitioners. Belinda was immediately impressed with Equine Touch and the results it achieved in fostering health, well-being and recovery in horses. It complemented Homeopathy & animal nutrition in re-balancing the body by natural means.
Feeling that she had found her second calling, Belinda completed Levels 1 through to 4 in Equine Touch over the next two years, completing her Practitioner Diploma allowing her to work as a fully qualified practitioner in 2008.
Belinda has continued her professional development since qualifying with the Equine Touch Foundation. In 2011 she attended the new Level 3 course with Dr Ivana Ruddock (a qualified veterinary surgeon). In 2013 she completed Equine Touch Level 4 – Equine Touch and Beyond, and Equine Stretching and Mobilization, also with Dr Ivana Ruddock. Belinda also has her certificate in Pasture Management after studying with the National College of Traditional Medicine & her Certificate in Animal Nutrition with the Holistic Animal Therapy Organisation .
Her new business, Belinda’s Natural Animal Therapies, was launched in July 2008 with the help of the Business Enterprise Centre. It has since gone on to achieve not just business success and fulfillment for Belinda, but considerable acclaim.
Belinda was a finalist in the 2011 Women Entrepreneur Awards run by the Tasmanian Business Enterprise Centre. Belinda’s Natural Animal Therapies was a finalist in the Australia-wide Best Home Based Business Awards – the only finalist from Tasmania.
Belinda is a practitioner member of the International Institute for Complimentary Therapies (IICT) and the Holistic Animal Therapy Organisation (HATO).
Since the formation of a new Equine Therapies Association in Australia (ETAA), Belinda has become a full practitioner member. She continues to bring her passion for animals and her commitment to natural remedies to her work, both in Tasmania and through consultations Australia wide.
Belinda is also a member if Equestrian Australia Tasmanian branch (EA).