Meet the Communities For Horses team

Communities For Horses is run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. The charity is overseen by a board of trustees, all with an interest in animal welfare and making our communities a better place to live.

Lisa Lanfear

This organisation is focused to work with communities, to provide education, assistance and to work with horse owners to address the challenges faced within these communities in an ethical collaborative way. Having been a Welfare Officer in this area for some time, I love working with horse owning communities and members of the public to spread more awareness of the welfare requirements of horses and their owners. Previously working with an organisation called CHAPS, Community Horse and Pony Scheme; it was my role to work on an outreach basis in the urban horse owning communities. Over which time I have learned that the issues surrounding horse ownership in any area, are far more complex that just having a horse.

The equine crisis is at epidemic levels and is increasing, I believe that for sustainable change we must work with people and give them the opportunity to learn, develop skills, knowledge and play an integral part to finding and practicing solutions to address welfare. This will take place under the umbrella of Communities For Horses, where change is created.

Rebecca Parkhouse

As a former employee of the CHAPS team, I have worked alongside Lisa for the past two and a half years. Whilst at CHAPS, as a qualified teacher, I was responsible for designing and delivering accredited and non-accredited courses and educational sessions to a range of different clients.

Education is a crucial factor in the task of changing long standing traditions, beliefs and practises. Communities for Horses will offer a range of educational programmes to both adults and children, urban horse owners and the general public, to help improve the welfare of equines across Swansea and the surrounding areas.

Communities for Horses is based on the ideal of horses and humans working together to produce a community where every living being thrives. Through education, we are able to empower humans with the knowledge to better care for their horses, allowing their horses to thrive both mentally and physically. Through horses, we are able inspire and teach humans a range of skills which will help to improve their chances of thriving both inside their own communities and the world outside it.

I have witnessed first-hand the positive impact that education can have on the welfare of both horses and humans and I have no doubt that the excellent work that CHAPS started in 2014 will continue under Communities for Horses.

Sophia Salmon

I am Sophia Salmon MRCVS. I have a background in equine welfare, having previously worked as a resident vet at The Donkey Sanctuary, Redwings Horse Sanctuary and The Brooke Hospital for Animals. I also served as a vet in the British Army from 2012 to 2015 in Afghanistan, Germany and the UK. I have a passion for practical solutions to animal welfare issues and greatly admire Lisa and her team's work. I look forward to supporting her in this new venture.

William Smith

I am writing to introduce myself as a Communities for Horses trustee. I am William Smith, a local business man from Southgate, Swansea, and I, along with my daughter, have had an interest in horses for a number of years. I became aware of the work Lisa and her colleagues were doing in CHAPS, working with horses and individuals in the community. Being aware of the good that Lisa and others were doing, I'm pleased to have the opportunity to help continue this work in whichever way I can.

Daniel Towers

I am a software engineer from Swansea. I met Lisa through CHAPS, as my daughter is horse mad and attended "Stable Saturdays" regularly as soon as she heard about it. As well as enjoying my time with the horses and ponies, I also saw the great benefit the scheme was bringing to the community as it worked with a whole range of different people. It is a great loss to see CHAPS closing down, and I am excited to be joining the new Communities For Horses team and helping with the I.T. side of things, which is where my skill-set lies. As a Christian I believe that as well as our duty to care for each other, we also have a responsibility to look after this beautiful earth, and to care for the animals for which we are responsible.


I am the Additional Learning Needs Coordinator for a primary school in Llanelli, where I have taught for the last thirty years. I learned about first, CHAPS, and then Communities for Horses, through my daughter Holly, an equine vet who has supported both charities for some time. It is a charity that brings together two things that I am passionate about namely, teaching and mentoring children, and my love of horses and animals. I believe that encouraging positive and caring relationships with animals can be so beneficial to children, developing their self-esteem and helping them to become more mature and responsible. I have ridden for most of my life, and have also been very involved with Holly’s horses. I hope that the combination of my experience as a teacher and a horse owner will enable me to provide valuable support to Communities for Horses.

Suzanne Rogers

I started out with a career in science publishing but the call to work with animals was too strong and I re-qualified in behaviour and welfare. For several years I managed dog population and working equine programmes for WSPA (now World Animal Protection). A key part of this role was to develop and test participatory methodologies – working with communities to lead to a change in the way people manage and care for their animals.

I led the move away from a heavy focus on mobile clinics towards prevention through participatory approaches. Since 2011, I have been an international consultant for animal welfare and human behaviour change and in 2016 set up Human Behaviour Change for Animals (HBCA). I am also a Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). I am in awe of Lisa and her team's work around Swansea and am proud to support Communities for Horses every way I can.

Bethan Matthews

When I was growing up I remember people would ask me what I wanted to do when I was older and I would always reply "own a horse rescue center". From a very young age I have always admired equines and at the age of 14 I was lucky enough to begin volunteering at a local rescue centre every weekend . When I passed my driving test I began working there and was promoted to Head Groom in August 2012. I have always been so interested in the rehabilitation of horse and ponies both physically and mentally - trying to find out the best training method to suit the horse (always positive reinforcement) and watching that horse progress and find a new home felt like an amazing achievement. I tried to help out at CHAPS whenever I could and always admired the outreach part of the charity as it is much better to educate and prevent the need to rescue the horses than wait for any suffering to happen. I was lucky enough to volunteer on an outreach day with the vets and CHAPS to help vaccinate and passport the horses. It was great to speak to everyone and see how much of a positive impact the work had on the urban horse owners community. People often assume that the urban horse owners do not care for their horses, however, although there is a lack of knowledge, the majority of owners do care and horses are their livelihoods. Now that Communities For Horses is working, taking up the gap left by CHAPS, I look forward  to helping and seeing the organisation develop and continue to make a positive impact in the local communities.