Early Love of Horses
Marcia first started riding when she
was 2 and a half years old at Turville Valley Stud famous for
its Luistano's, near Henley On-Thames. Marcia's first mount was
a pony owned by Turville called Wizzy. Marcia remembers her Mum
taking her out on him and walking up the hill with his tack. Typically
Marcia being Marcia she always wanted to carry the saddle! As
Marcia grew up she continued riding and having lessons at Turville.
Eventually Marcia graduated to helping out at weekends to earn
lessons and started to help work on some of the shows. Aged 12,
Marcia was at Turville most evenings after school and had the
opportunity to break in a pony, giving her a love of training
which has remained with her all her life.
At the age of 14 Marcia left Turville and spent a few seasons
hunting and working with Polo which she enjoyed thoroughly and
where she learnt a great deal. However Lusitano's have always
been in Marcia's blood though from the early days at Turville.
One day after watching these stunning horses pass by her window
on a hack Marcia knew she wanted to work with them further. So
aged 18 Marcia went back to Turville and spoke to Angela Fois
who agreed to take Marcia on and so her career began in earnest.
After only 3 months Marcia had her first ride in the Display Team
and took part in her first competition at the Herts County Show.
Marcia was placed 2nd behind Diane Thurman-Baker in all classes
and made Reserve Champion. Marcia was at Turville for over 10
years full time training and breaking horses with Diane, competing,
riding in the Display team and learning the art of Classical Riding.
In 2005 Marcia made the decision to go freelance. With the help
of Peter and Eileen Brooks, Marcia's business took off fantastically
well and Marcia was training and competing Peter & Eileen's horses
with huge success. With that success Marcia's client base started
to grow and Marcia was teaching and competing on a regular basis.
Marcia also spent time in Portugal training and has competed at
Golega Horse Fair twice with great success.
Marcia now spends most of her time in the UK competing clients
horses in showing and British Dressage, being highly placed in
all of the classes entered. Marcia also competes her own loan
horse Tostao, and was placed on their first BD outing at Advanced.
Marcia was also a member of the Great British Working Equitation
Team in 2008 & 2009. This year the team recently notched up a
stunning Bronze medal place at the European Championships in Portugal,
the highest team finish to date.
here to view pictures of Marcia's early photo book
aged 2 and a half riding her first mount at Turville Valley,
Wizzy (plus check out the snazzy little red riding boots!)
Clinics & Events
Equitation, Dressage and In-Hand Clinics throughout 2014
dates to be announced
Marcia will be running clinics throughout the year. If you
are interested in holding a clinic at your location please
contact Marcia for further information. Watch this space
for forthcoming clinic details and call 07709 023204; or
email Marcia at
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for further details and to book.
& Tostao compete in the Style Section at the Working
Equitation Championships, Portugal 2009. Click picture above
to view video