Ubrique, John Lassetter's Variety Performance, Merrist Wood,
| Sophie & Ubrique are very proud
to be participating in the John Lassetter Variety Performance
at Merrist Wood Equestrian Centre on the 24th November.
Sophie & Ubrqiue have had a very successful first season
showing and in Working Equitation and this will be an excellent
opportunity to see them in action. Tickets, to include one
free glass of mulled wine per ticket: £25 in advance, or
£30 on the door (subject to availability) For further information,
please call 01483 884147 or book securely via our website
here to see poster with further information
Bird & Mattie
"I started having lessons with Marcia
eighteen months ago, in that time she has helped me to completely
transform my ex-racehorse and develop my riding position and technique.
When I first met Marcia I hadn't had a lesson for ten years and
my ex-racehorse had been off two years with an injury, so she
was facing quite a challenge! 'Mattie' had very little strength
and balance, he couldn't even canter round the school without
becoming disunited and nearly falling over and my seat was completely
lopsided from injury. My ambition was to turn Mattie into an all-rounder
capable of competing at the weekends, with me riding. I knew he
had the attitude and the confirmation but he hadn't been schooled
and therefore we needed to start from scratch. In our early lessons,
Marcia took us back to basics and bit by bit Mattie became supple
and balanced and my seat started to become deeper and more even.
It wasn't long before were learning basic dressage moves. Fortunately,
Marcia is an excellent communicator and explains all aids/techniques
thoroughly. If I don't understand she gets on Mattie and shows
me, bit by bit, breaking it down. Once we were stronger and more
polished Marcia suggested we take part in a local 'walk and trot'
competition. We came 2nd out of 32 with a score of 69 per cent.
I was thrilled and this of course wet my appetite for more. ".
"Since that dressage competition, just under a year ago we have
stepped up training to a point where Marcia rides Mattie once
a fortnight and I have a lesson once a week. The results speak
for themselves; we have either won and been champion or come 2nd
in every local ex-racehorse or ridden show horse class we have
competed in, whether it be in a Snaffle, Pelham, or Double bridle.
This success led me to enter the Rehabilitation of Racehorses
Series. Due to the bad weather and shows being cancelled we were
forced to aim high for our first class at Royal Windsor Horse
Show. Mattie, (Murat is his registered name) went beautifully
for the judge and we came 6th from 26. Needless to say we were
all thrilled, as the top names in showing filled the first four
spots. Our aim now is to get Mattie qualified for the final at
Hickstead, in the meantime we have been doing x-country and show
jumping in readiness for the Retrained Racehorse Challenge Classes
next year. Mattie is now a pleasure to ride and I feel we can
turn our hand to anything; dressage, showing, show jumping and
x-country and be competitive. I couldn't have done it without
Marcia, her lessons are enjoyable and she gets results. Mattie
and I are proof of that! ".
"I have a talented but green 6 year
old PRE gelding called Matrix with a very active mind and we have
been training with Marcia for around 10 months now. Since we began
working with her the difference in my horse is absolutely amazing.
Marcia has taken him back to re-establish the basics, incorporating
lunging, as well as in-hand and of course ridden work".
|Zoey & Mattie
"This planned but varied approach has meant that she has been
able to work with Matrix's mind as well as his body to begin to
achieve some great results. Marcia's belief is that all horses
should learn to work correctly in order to build the right muscle
and thus maintain their mobility and health throughout their life.
(Her approach and results have been confirmed by my Equine Osteopath,
Claire Short of The Ashgrove Clinic). Marcia has a great wealth
of knowledge and a wonderful way of explaining things regardless
of the level at which she is teaching. Her patience and ability
to instil confidence is wonderful and whatever a horse may throw
at her she never seems phased by it! She has given me techniques
and skills that have improved my riding considerably. Whilst I
know that the journey for myself and Matrix is a long one, its
been made much more enjoyable and achievable through Marcia's
"I have been training with Marcia since
2007 with 5 different horses up to Advanced level. She has helped
me immensely with in-hand, ridden, competition and Working Equitation
training. Lessons are always fun and we have always achieved what
we set out to do. Marcia is very approachable with a great sense
of humour, a fantastic horse trainer and adapts the training for
each individual horse to achieve positive results for their level.
Marcia is very confident and positive which makes every lesson
positive. Marcia gave me moral support in our visit to Portugal
at the beginning of 2008 to buy my dream horse, Atinada, a Lusitano
mare, which I'm looking forward to furthering her education with
Marcia's help. I can truly recommend Marcia highly as a Horse
and Rider Trainer for all levels and am grateful for all the help
she has given me and I look forward to this continuing".
Martina Glover and Marmite
"What I love about Marcia is her whole
approach to getting the very best out of both you and your horse.
Her training methods adopt the Classical Dressage approach more
commonly seen in Portugal and Spain. But what amazed me was that
these traditional methods worked just as well on my welsh cob
mare. I had owned Marmite for about 7 years before I met Marcia
yet within 6 months Marcia had transformed Marmite into a willing,
talented mare with a soft outline, lovely paces and a huge desire
to impress. My plan is to compete at Working Equitation next season.
Marcia gives you a belief in your abilities and a desire to achieve
much more than you ever thought possible. I started riding as
an adult about 12 years ago, and never dreamed I would be out
|Liz & Matrix
"Thanks to Marcia I now also own a Spanish PRE, Fidias, and we
are out competing BD dressage and BD music freestyle, aiming to
enter Medium classes in the winter. And onwards and upwards from
there! Marcia will ask you and your horse to work hard, but both
my horses are now as passionate about riding as I am! And if you
are willing to put in the hard work, then ultimately what you
get in return is a partnership with your horse that is both very
beautiful and very special".
Michelle Watts & Ruby
"I have owned Ruby for 4 years. She is an ex-racehorse and was
a very difficult mare to understand. I used to dread schooling
her and never seemed to get anywhere, so we just focused on the
jumping and hacking. This was until Marcia came long. Marcia has
totally transformed Ruby and me and I can't thank her enough for
this. For my first lesson, I asked Marcia to get on Ruby to see
what she could do with her, I really didn't know what to expect.
Straight away, it was like watching a different horse and this
was even within the first few minutes. Marcia read Ruby straight
away and understood her likes and dislikes and knew exactly what
buttons to press. She just seemed to have that natural understanding
and a very soft approach and asking not telling Ruby. Marcia continued
to school Ruby for me a few more times and Ruby just got better
and better. It was so nice to see Ruby happy in her schooling
and actually relaxing and seeing her ears pricked forward. It
was then my turn to get on and have a lesson with Marcia and I
have continued with these ever since. I love the way Marcia teaches,
she has passed down to me exactly what I needed to do with Ruby
for her to continue to enjoy her schooling and she always gives
me different things to work on. Marcia always explains things
to me in an easy to understand way and if I don't get it straight
away, she is patient and full of praise and is positive throughout
the whole lesson. Marcia has taught me to understand how important
it is to have a supple horse and if you have a supple horse, you
have a happy horse. Marcia also understands that ultimately my
passion is show jumping so she works me towards having Ruby supple
and balanced enough for this discipline. Ruby has now completely
changed shape and has worked up the correct muscle tone just within
a couple of months. I still have a way to go, but with Marcia's
help, I am looking forward to the road ahead and I am so thankful
that I started to have lessons with Marcia and after 4 years of
owning Ruby, I can finally enjoy schooling her. Thank you Marcia,
I couldn't have done this without you. "
|Martina & Fidias
Lorna Hall & Amado
Marcia has the ability to spot and correct problems others overlook,
she has great insight and empathy with the psyche of a horse and
works very quietly, at the same time, and perhaps because of this
usually has the rapt attention of her subject. She is good at
spotting any stiffness that might need manipulation. I am very
impressed with what she achieved with my horse.
Astraea - Marcia's future dressage champion
Marcia Purchased Scorpio from the Elite Auction in Verden
in 2006 as a four month old foal.
Souvenir x Hauptstutbuch Prestige Lady
Marcia brought Scorpio as a project to bring on and train
in dressage. She decided to buy a Hannoverian as she felt
it would be a different challenge to the Iberian horses
that she usually trains.
Scorpio arrived with in December 2006 as a very nervous
scrawny long legged foal, as a yearling Marcia took him
to some in-hand shows to get him used to getting out. Through
the years Scorpio grew upwards very fast but still needed
to fill out, so Marcia left him until he was 4yrs to start
Marcia finally backed him herself in November with the help
of friends, which has gone really well. Marcia is looking
forward to the year ahead and getting him out to some young
horse dressage classes.
Scorpio at the moment measures just under 17.2hh with still
lots of growing to do and as you can see he is a pretty
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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