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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
I am an ARIA certified Level III Dressage Instructor based in Mentone, AL
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90.750% What do you think?

I can say that this is an amazing ride. I can also say that I enjoyed watching it, and I put it in my favorites on my account at Youtube. :-) (if there is no link, please copy and paste the link)

I wonder, now that we have broken through the "glass ceiling" of 90% (it wasn't that long ago that 80% was unimaginable), if we are going the way of other olympic judged events (I am thinking of ice-skating, gymnastics and diving, for… Continue

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 1:43pm — 3 Comments

"Other" Breeds in Dressage

(Disclaimer: sorry for the photo sizes...I don't know how to edit them smaller! LOL)

I have ridden, trained, and/or owned many different breeds and types of horses. I have also ridden and/or competed in many different disciplines. I won't list them all, but suffice it to say that in everything, the underlying principles of riding have been the same.

I believe (and practice) the same principles of riding and training the horse, no… Continue

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Competition Riding vs. Riding for "Fun"

There I go again...putting "fun" in quotations. Hey, for those of you that ride, you KNOW why that is! LOL For those of you that don't, riding is fun in the same way that a serious visit to the local gym is fun. It is hard work. Even when you aren't riding, horses are work; you clean the stall and paddock, you maintain the barn area, you groom the horse, you carry feed and hay and tack, etc.--it is physical (well, except for those of us that pay to have all that done for them). But even those… Continue

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments


I am good at compartmentalizing, and my patience is a perfect example of that. Let me explain.....

I have the patience of Job when it comes to training horses. I ask much, but accept any shred of correctness with lavish praise. But ask me to wait in line at the grocery store, and I seriously consider not eating dinner that night.

Explaining the minute details of what it means to be "in front of the leg" to a student may put me 'way behind in every other thing I have to do that day,… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

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At 10:53am on January 13, 2010, Lauren Cala said…
Hey i havnt talked 2 u in forever ! whats up?
At 7:56pm on November 22, 2009, edith o. bradshaw said…
Mary, tomorrow at 4:00 should work well. Manuel will have had time to go to Wellington and be back in time to participate with us. Hope you had a good Sunday in Melbourne, see you tomorrow.
At 7:57pm on November 20, 2009, edith o. bradshaw said…
Hi, Mary! Miss seeing you and Franzi. We are busy with all the polo ponies as season is upon us! Please come by some time as we are just down the road from you. Manuel has a youngTB he would like for you to look at and give your thoughts on. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day!
At 7:32am on October 3, 2009, edith o. bradshaw said…
Mary, how are you? All of this is new to me on the computer! Must learn some time I guess! Hope you are having a great time in Alabama!
At 3:16pm on August 24, 2009, Ann Wylie Jones Rodgers said…
I'm working on posting a photo but have not had much luck. Must be the mega pixels. I do love to photgraph my "lovelies"...
At 10:15am on August 24, 2009, Cindy Tipton said…
Hi Mary! Thanks for inviting me to BarnMice & the Rider/Trainer/Instructor program, which I'm very interested in, will ck my calendar to see if the dates will work. See ya, Cindy
At 6:30am on August 24, 2009, Kelly A. Walker said…
Hay Mary !!!!

Okay so who's Fresian? What a beautiful horse.

I am gonna try and swing the clinic - It sounds like so much fun. Getting away is always a problem for me.

At 12:16pm on August 10, 2009, Lauren Cala said…
Wow! I like your horse! Hes beautiful!
At 4:14am on July 20, 2009, Rachel Heysen-Smith said…
No probs!! Well i own{ i am 11} 2 horses. Well they are mine we have 5 other horses. Effie, is a 13.2 hh, Liver Chesnut. Her real name is Freeling Height of Essence
And the other one is Melly who is a Buckskin, 11.2hh & 28 years of age!
Also Effie is 14.

At 5:48am on June 27, 2009, Rachel Heysen-Smith said…
Hi. I LOVE YOUR DP {display pic!!} I hope you LOVE riding as much as I do!!


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