The variety of hands-on experiences Marion has is one of the biggest assets that she shares with her students.
In 2000, Marion and Don moved near Princeton in South Central BC. With their own hands, they built their house, indoor arena, and outbuildings. In the meantime, Marion started to teach horsemanship at home and throughout the province.
Recently, the winter months have found Marion and Don nested in Arizona riding the trails before returning home in the spring to teach at home.
Marion also holds intensive horse training courses. These courses are a great way to share the art of colt starting to beginner riders and advanced horsemanship for accomplished horse trainers.
The hottest summer months will find her horse camping in the mountains.
Since 1977, Marion has been riding bareback and bridle-less showing that classical dressage and Western styles can be combined. With these demonstrations, Marion clearly illustrates that riding a horse should come from the seat and body while fine-tuning with the reins. Finally, this style of riding is having a name and a breakthrough. It is called “Cowboy or Western Dressage.”
The main concept of Marion’s clinics is getting the horse and rider to work together. She aims to use the lightest possible aid through correct sitting positions, well-timed aids, and horse releases.