European and British Champion.
Enthusiastic and passionate about western riding
"I believe it is important to remain open minded in my approach and continue to learn and develop my training and coaching techniques as much as possible in order to help others develop their own talents."
Mary has been riding since the age of 7, competing with the Pony Club in show jumping, dressage and eventing. After leaving school she studied to be a PE teacher after having successfully completing this qualification, she began to move towards a career in horses, running livery, hunting and showing yards. At one yard it was suggested she run a Western Riding section and Mary was sent to AQHA and NRHA Judge Bob Mayhew for a course. She loved it and decided this was her chosen career.
In 1989 Mary purchased her first quarter horse, Zan Parr Kate (photo above) from Sterling Quarter Horses and began competing this reining horse in as many events as she could in order to gain as much experience as possible! This lead to Mary working for Sterling Quarter Horses under the guidance of resident trainer Doug Allen where she continued to show her horses with them both in the UK and Europe.
When Sterling moved to Germany in 1990 Mary moved with them in order to manage the barn and continue her career. When Mary moved from Sterling she continued to work in Germany as a trainer, training all levels of horse and rider for all western disciplines and competing all over Europe. Mary then spent some time working in France and Belgium and has competed regularly in the French, Dutch, Belgian and European Championships. Mary has also enjoyed exceptional success training many amateur and youth riders to compete in shows all over Europe.
In 2004 Mary moved back to the UK and is now based at her new yard in Essex.
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I would like to thank the owners of the horses who have trusted me with care and training of their horses over the years. I would also like to thank Nathan and Tracy Haynes of NRH Photography for the use of the wonderful photos on this site. Of course, thank all the other people who have helped me throughout my career.