Maree’s philosophy of horse training is based on learning from the horse. Horses have so much to teach people. They live in the moment. They mirror our emotions. They are the ultimate athletes, and when their trust is earned, they will give their all.
Through consistent, kind, and fair training, Maree helps horses and riders build that trust. She is focused on developing the horse’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Maree teaches ground skills and riding to build a strong foundation, which then translates to your riding discipline of choice. She trains horses and riders all ages and disciplines. Her primary focus is English riding, jumping and dressage.
Maree has over 20 years of experience riding and training horses. She grew up in Northern Wisconsin and after catching the “horse-crazy bug,” she showed successfully in hunter/jumpers, dressage, and achieved her Pony Club C1 rating. She began studying natural horse training through Parelli Natural Horsemanship at age 12, reaching Level 4 in the program. After graduating college from Loyola University Chicago, Maree spent four years working at Parelli Natural Horsemanship in Colorado, where she learned about horse behavior, training problem horses, and starting young horses. Maree also adopted a young rescue thoroughbred mare while living in Colorado that she has now trained to become a talented show jumper.
Since returning to Wisconsin from Colorado, Maree has enjoyed showing her mare in 1.0m show jumping through local show circuits, achieving high point champion in 2019. She also acquired a Connemara/Arabian cross gelding in 2020 who she hopes to compete in eventing beginning in 2021. One of Maree's favorite philosophies is that you don't need to be a world-class competitor to be a world-class horseman.
Maree is a dedicated student herself who has learned from and been inspired by a variety of top horsemen and horsewomen, including Pat and Linda Parelli, Jessica Jo “JJ” Tate, Sinead Halpin, Tik Maynard, Daniel Stewart, and locally, Peter Rayne and Jayme Nelson. Living in central Wisconsin, Maree is primarily self-taught and is a big proponent of using all the information you have at your fingertips to improve!
She enjoys teaching lessons to a dedicated group of students who are invested in building a partnership with their horses. She also takes horses for training on a limited basis. Maree is based out of New Leaf Farm in Marshfield, WI—a unique boarding facility that offers a track system to support horse health and wellness.