BeOne Training Training & Wellness | Gig Harbor, WA

Where The Horse & Human Relationship Comes First

An Equine Wellness Program for people looking to connect on a deeper level with the horse. 


BeOne Training & Wellness is an equine program with an emphasis on the Horse and Human relationship. Vanessa utilizes modalities in: Equine Behavior, Positive Reinforcement, Classical Horsemanship and Equine wellness/Health while keeping the horse's Peak Performance top of mind!

The Origins Of BeOne Wellness

“BeOne” was the original name of “Opus One” Vanessa’s amazing show jumper and equine partner, teacher and friend for over 16 years. Vanessa could not have asked for a better partner on her Equestrian Journey. This is why she decided to honor his life and memory by naming her business and life’s work after him. Opus has guided Vanessa in so many ways over the years and she is eternally grateful for his wisdom, compassion and eternal light.

Vanessa created BeOne Wellness as a way to share her 35 plus years of riding, competing and training experience with her customers. BeOne combines several training modalities into a winning combination of horsemanship, equine wellness and personal growth. BeOne includes: Classical Hunt Seat Equitation, Horsemanship, Positive Reinforcement (R+), At-Liberty work, Equine Health & Wellness, and Interpersonal Growth. 

Vanessa provides a positive and safe space where individuals can come to learn these fundamental skills whether it be with one of the BeOne horses or with the goal of building a better bond with their own horse. Vanessa believes you must “get to the mind of the horse first”. 

She focuses on making sure the wellbeing of the horse comes first and foremost by not only providing a top quality equine environment but by following her intuition and listening to the horses physical and emotional needs. 

Vanessa's decades of working with horses, starting, re-starting, fostering, adopting, and training show horses for the H/J show ring has provided her with a wealth of experience needed to ensure the best possible outcome for the horse. Vanessa is happy to share her gifts with you. 

Together…you will achieve a greater understanding and practice of this quality horsemanship and how to be the best human partner to your horse. 

Together you will BeOne!!

Progress Always Begins Where Your Comfort Zone Ends  

What We Offer  


While being part of the BeOne Wellness community you will not only find yourself connecting with the horse on a deeper level, you will begin a journey of self discovery.

You will have the opportunity to learn skills that will help you gain...

  • Connection
  • Confidence 
  • Leadership 
  • Boundaries

Vanessa is passionate about guiding the human to a place of peace within themselves which in turn helps the horse feel safe. These techniques are not only helpful within the constructs of the equine/human relationship but in everyday life. On this interpersonal journey you will lean about...

  • Breath-work
  • Mindfullness
  • Connecting to your Intuition
  • Opening up your Heart Chakra
  • How to quiet the “Inner Critic” 
  • Self Forgiveness

Progress Always Begins Where Your Comfort Zone Ends  


Horsemanship lessons are ideal for individuals looking to gain more confidence and connect on a deeper level with the horse. You will learn how to properly halter, lead, groom, and handle a horse in conjunction with Positive Reinforcement (R+) and feel confident doing so in partnership with your horse!


Vanessa's coaching program is perfect for the horse enthusiast looking to build on their Horsemanship skills and go deeper with their Equine Relationship! You will learn about the many important modalities such as Ground Work, Positive Reinforcement (R+), At-Liberty, Energy Work, Equine Behavior/Science and Equine Health & Wellness. You will see how they all contribute and play a vital role in the relationship between horse and human and have fun in the process!  


BeOne Wellness provides private boarding & Full Training to a select few customers who are looking to be in our program. Please contact Vanessa for further details on pricing and customized program. 


To Achieve Progress, You Must Venture Beyond Your Comfort Zone


Vanessa Howard

Vanessa’s professional journey includes decades of equine experience, higher education, corporate work and a constant focus on interpersonal and spiritual development.

Vanessa’s show jumping career began in the early 1980’s at the age of eight in the pony hunter division where she progressed through the ranks to the Junior Hunter and Jumper Divisions. Qualifying for the AHSA/USEF Finals back East multiple times, the ASPCA/Maclay West Coast Finals, as well as winning the CET Medal, during her years as a Junior rider. Vanessa showed and won many top Championships at prestigious horse show venues including Spruce Meadows, Thunderbird, Indio/Thermal and many more. Vanessa’s championship awards are both numerous and in recognition of her dedication to the sport.

The BeOne Herd

Claire (Claire Bear)

Claire Bear is a 1999 Bay Section B Welsh pony mare bred by Bristol Houdini; who has been with the BeOne family for nearly 15yrs. She has taught numerous kids and adults Groundwork and how to ride. Claire helped our daughter Madison reach her goals of showing in the short stirrup pony hunter ring, receiving her Pony Club D1 & D2 Hunt Seat Certifications and has been her companion for many years. 

Claire now spends her time helping children and adults gain confidence and learn how to connect with the horse in a fun and safe way. She is extremely knowledgable in Groundwork, R+ and At-Liberty Work. She is the ideal equine for those individuals who have always wanted to connect with horses but might have been a bit fearful and want to start with a horse with a smaller stature. Claire Bear is the lead mare and the “Matriarch” of the herd.


Valentine (Val)

Valentine is a 2008 Quarter Horse mare sired by TR Dual Ray and brings a youthful energy and curiosity to the BeOne Wellness program. She came to us with an extensive background in the Reining, Working Cow, Western Show Circuit world. Vanessa has spent the last 6+ Years retraining, repairing and healing Valentine's mind, body and spirit. The toll of the early start and excessive training from her past has taken a toll on her body and mind. It has been her goal to help Valentine find a place of peace and soundness. 

Valentine has been instrumental in the growth of the BeOne Training & Wellness program and is an absolute delight to work. She has become quite proficient in the Ray Hunt/Buck Brannaman Horsemanship and is learning Positive Reinforcement(R+) and At-Liberty Work . Valentine has successfully helped bring along many students over the last few years and we are extremely grateful to have Valentine as part of the BeOne Program and Family!

Liza (Rest In Peace)

Liza is our resident mini Shetland pony who we believe is approximately 15-20yrs old who came to us in 2020 in need of care roughly 6 months after we purchased our farm Creekside Meadow Farms. She was in desperate need of shelter (was living with no barn/shelver from the weather/elements). Liza had been living with her halter and a lead rope permanently attached to her face for over a year so she was in desperate need of TLC.

 We used Positive Reinforcement Training (R+) to build her trust and retrain her to trust and learn to take the halter on and off along with feeling safe being handled while blanketing and all other basic horse/pony training. He owner saw how well she was thriving with our training and care that she asked us to adopt her. We of course said yes we would be happy to take her! Liza is now thriving and with some medial interventions for her Thyroid issues she should be able to live a long and prosperous life here at the farm!


Maximus (Rest In Peace)

Maximus aka Cantour born in 1994 was a Grey Holsteiner Gelding Sired by Cantus...who was with the BeOne Training & Wellness family for roughly a decade. 

Vanessa was contacted through an Equine Rescue in WA regarding 2 horses in need of immediate training and fostering due to severe abuse and neglect. These 2 horses’ stories were so severe and unique that no one was willing to take them on. After much research and inquiry Vanessa decided to foster Maximus first in an attempt to give him the best chance at success before taking on the second horse. Through the utilization of the Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt Horsemanship and Positive Reinforcement Training (R+) Techniques along with Patience and Time…Maximus was rehabilitated. 

Unfortunately, through the evaluation process Vanessa discovered the abuse and over training Maximus had endured had caused such severe permanent damage to Maximus’s legs and face… leaving him blind in his left eye and having ring bone in his hind legs. This left him ineligible for adoption. She decided to adopt him herself and made the lifelong committed to keep Maximus until he was no longer comfortable. The other horse was rehabilitated as well and was successfully adopted to a home in Idaho. 

Maximus was able to enjoy is final days her on the farm with his fellow herd mates until he was laid to rest on October 15th 2022 in his own Pasture where he was buried and will be forever remembered. 

Buddy Love (Rest In Peace)

Buddy was our beloved 25yr plus old mini donkey, who like all good Donkey’s adopted our family when we purchased Creekside Meadow Farms in 2019. He had been at the farm for nearly 13yrs prior to our arrival and was considered to be the “Elder” of the property. 

His story was a bit vague but from what we knew his basic needs had always been cared for but he was never taken out of his paddock to visit with other animals or humans. Buddy was never given the opportunity to explore the property (except for when he would escape). Since adopting Buddy we had trained Buddy to be haltered, led, groomed, taken into the main barn, cross the bridge, free lunged in the arena and most of all…explore and enjoy his Fern Forest!! He truly loved to be with his family

Buddy was a a mysterious age, and we knew he was much older than we realized and had health issues we were continuously managing and we eventually had to say goodbye. It was with great sadness to have to say goodbye to Buddy on Christmas Day 2022 as Buddy had become a part of our family...but we are forever grateful to have shared nearly 4 years with him at CMF. 


To Achieve Progress, You Must Venture Beyond Your Comfort Zone


Creekside Meadow Farms

Located just minutes from downtown Gig Harbor, Creekside Meadow Farms is a horse sanctuary. Our philosophy has always been...the horse comes first and you will see this mirrored throughout our property. We have beautifully manicured year round grass turn out. Our horses enjoy a newly constructed custom 9 stall barn with mud free runs off each stall, large groom stall, heated tack room, feed room, office & bathroom. We have a 100x200ft all weather arena and 60ft Covered Round Pen...both with All Weather TruTex Footing.