See where Empowerment 4 Riders have been featured in local, State and National Australian media on all things horse archery, confidence building for nervous riders, equine assisted learning and equestrian vaulting.  Watch this space for Equine Assisted Therapy - this service will soon be offered by Empowerment 4 Riders!

ABC Radio Interview, broadcast Australia-wide: June 2018

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Media Article: Horse Archery might help Pony Clubs get back in the Saddle

Media Article: How Horse Archery can Regulate your Emotions

Newpaper Article: Lower Eyre locals learning Horse Archery

Newspaper Article: "Bianca's Bang on Target".

Stawiarski took up horse archery in 2013, before representing Australia at the Texas Championship and Chelee Warriors Mounted Archery International Championship in the United States the following two years.  She then become a horse archery instructor in 2015, and launched her business ‘Empowerment 4 Riders’ soon after. 

Stawiarski had spent many years in the equestrain community and recognized one upsetting trend that she felt compelled to change. “Over the years I have watched many of my equestrian friends not be able to fully enjoy horse-riding due to anxiety from either a scare, or a significant injury following a fall” Stawiarski said. “Since taking up horse archery I began to become even more aware of the growing number of riders who are significantly impacted by lack of rider confidence.

“(Horse archery) is something that’s really strong… (It is) so empowering.” Stawiarski , who is also a women's transformational coach, said people are often taken aback by her methods, but soon warm to them. “Most of the time people are too busy, worrying about how to hold the arrow and where to put their fingers that they don’t often realise they’re on a horse” she said. “Riders who were, at times, overwhemingly paralysed by fear were able to pick up a bow and ride. “It was small steps at first, but the change was dramatic”

Stawiarski has been instructing Lewiston local Robyn Irving for the past two years. Irving a competent rider when she was younger, sought instruction after a knee replacement three years ago and has gone from what Stawiarski described as a “nervous rider” to gaining confidence. “I loved archery at school, so I though I wanted to do something different, I wanted to do horse archery.” Irving said. “At first I was scared as hell, I was terrified, but Bianca’s helped me, she’s showed me it’s just your mind telling you can’t do it.” The 52-year old said you are never too old to start something, explaining she enjoys the social side of the sport. too.

Stawiarski also takes riders on trial rides, or beach rides, to assist their skills outside of the arena. More information on Empowerment 4 Riders can be found by searching online.

– Steph Konatar.

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Newpaper article: "Horse Archery right on Target"

By KEIRA JENKINS
Riding a horse can be daunting, especially if you have to drop the reins and use a bow and arrow, but this is exactly what Adelaide woman Blanca Stawiarski does.

She said shooting from horseback can improve the confidence of riders who’ve had a bad fall, and even new riders. So the mother of two started her own business. Empowerment4Riders, which uses a variety of activities including horse archery to build confidence in riders. Ms Stawiarski said this tied in well her work as a women’s transformational coach, where she helps women who feel “overwhelmed, under appreciated or vulnerable to feel strong and important”.

“There was definitely a need for it in South Australia,” she told the Koori Mail. “I started doing it as volunteer work because I got a kick out of seeing people grow. At first people are very scared to let go of the reins. “Most of the women I work with transform. You can see their confidence build and they become Amazons.
“They tap into their inner fire that they might not have known existed or not realised was there. That’s a powerful thing to do.”

Although Ms Stawiarski has her own suite of achievements in the horse archery field, including being the first Aboriginal competitor to represent Australia in the United States in 2014, she said the idea of letting go to the reins was daunting at first. “I though I’d give it a go.” she said. “It looked interesting and I thought it on”, But it was scary at first to trust myself and trust my horse enough to let go of the reins.

“But It’s really weird when you do let go and stop fussing with the reins; the horse just loves it. My horse became a war horse. He though it was pretty next time.”

Both of Ms Stawiarski’s teenage children are also keen horse archers. “My daughter can do anything she puts her mind to on horseback” she said. “And my son is just learning to ride and shoot, but its amazing for them both to tap into their inner fire. “The school also gets a few Indigenous boarders and I bring them out to ride. There kids sometimes haven’t ridden before and they love it. “Kids think they’re invincible. Whereas with the work I’ve been doing I’m helping people get back into saddle.”

Ms Stawiarski said she hopes horse archery grows as a sport, and more people take it up to boost their confidence. I’d like to see it grow and I’d like it to be a sport that people know about” she said.

“The fantastic thing about horse archery is that you can just jump on a horse in jeans. You don’t need $300 jodhpurs, or all the right gear like you do in dressage, so hopefully it can break down the socioeconomic barriers that you find in a lot of equestrian sports. “As long as you give it a go you’re on the right track. There are so many possibilities with horse archery.

“The women that come to me feel so good and strong, they transform. It takes 15 minutes. It takes just 15 minutes with a bow and arrow for them to feel a change”.

E4R The Koori Mail 16 Nov 2016 :Download

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