About Marcia
Marcia's 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.


Click here to view pictures of Marcia's early photo book

Marcia aged 2 and a half riding her first mount at Turville Valley, Wizzy (plus check out the snazzy little red riding boots!)
Marcia Wakeman Classical Dressage
Forthcoming Clinics & Events

Working 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details and to book.

Marcia & Tostao compete in the Style Section at the Working Equitation Championships, Portugal 2009. Click picture above to view video