BSET Academy History

BSET Academy was founded in 2008, by Beth Shaw, to teach and share the great knowledge and developments of Sir Charles Strong and Winks Greene.

The ideology behind BSET Academy started long ago with Sir Charles Strong.  Charles Strong worked as a physiotherapist to the Royal Family as he routinely worked on Lord Mountbatten. Charles became very interested in the effect electricity had on the body and how it could be used for healing. In the 1940’s he worked on developing his own method of electrotherapy and created the “Strong Box”, now known as the W.G. Transeva (Winks Greene Transeva).  It was Lord Mountbatten who first encouraged Charles Strong to extend his electrotherapy to treat horses. Charles Strong publicized his work in a book called “Common-Sense Therapy for Horse Injuries”. Charles Strong was later knighted for his work with the Transeva and became known as Sir Charles Strong.

In 1952 Winks Greene went to England and studied under Sir Charles Strong. When she moved back to South Africa, she brought a “Strong Box” with her. Winks Greene developed her career and the Natal Equine Rehabilitation Centre. Winks Greene continued to grow Sir Charles Strong’s technique and theories and like Strong, Greene was a pioneer in the field of electrotherapy. Both were ahead of their time.

"A good idea is never lost even though it's originator or possessor may die without publicizing it, it will someday be reborn in the mind of another" Thomas Edison


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“Beth Shaw studied under one of South Africa’s pioneers of equine body work, the inimitable Winks Greene and has been an Equine Transeva Technique practitioner for over 15 years.” (Sporting Post, 23 September 2016). Once Winks retired, she passed her work and her client base on to Beth.  Shaw’s work has been proven time and time again over the multiple equine disciplines.  “As Winks before me, I am now the guardian of the technique and it’s my responsibility to take it to the next level.” (Beth Shaw, Sporting Post, 23 September 2016).  Equine Transeva Technique was named and trademarked in 2014 and the Equine Transeva Technique Association of Accredited Practitioners was created in 2015.

The academic structure at BSET Academy has been developed and refined into two courses. A 1-year course called Fundamental Equine Practices (FEP) and a two-year course called Holistic Healing Equine Modalities (HHEM) which includes the Equine Transeva Technique (ETT™) and Sumchi Technique. BSET Academy was started in 2008 with two students graduating in 2009 and has grown into a maximum of 6 students per year. The modalities of ETTTM and Sumchi Technique have grown internationally and BSET Academy alumni are successfully working globally in the equine industry as ETT™ and Sumchi Practitioners.

Robyn Butterworth joined BSET in 2013 as the Head Academic Facilitator and Riding Instructor.  She has developed an intensive academic curriculum and has been fundamental in developing the successful, holistic Equine practitioner. Mandy Hunt, who joined the team in 2016, brings the natural horsemanship to light and ensures that a deeper understanding of the equine is developed in BSET Academy graduates.

Beth Shaw moved to Hong Kong at the end of 2018 leaving the capable Birgit Schroder, a graduate of BSET Academy in 2012, to head ETTTM instruction at BSET. Birgit is also a founding member of the ETTTM - Association of Accredited Practitioners.

2023 sees the introduction of Sumchi Technique and a more comprehensive business and entrepreneurship program being launched. With these additions, the BSET Academy HHEM Practitioner leaves BSET Academy well equipped to go into the equine industry as an entrepreneur with a unique, holistic and multi-disciplinary skillset in equine healing and wellbeing.

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Equine Studies • Equine Body Work • Equine Transeva Technique • Fascia Health • Magnetic Massage

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