Mary Kay has been instructing riders and training horses for over 30 years. She started out as a riding instructor teaching basic hunter riding at Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She owned and managed Turtle Hill Farm in Oklahoma for 20 years, teaching both hunter-jumpers and dressage. She and her horses, as well as her students, have received numerous regional and national awards. She has worked with noted clinicians such as Jane Savoie, Alex Kurland, Felicitus von Neuman Cosel, Max Gaywyler, Lilo Fore, and Hans Mueller and Karen Rohlf.
Mary Kay enjoys working with all breeds of horses. She currently owns and trains a Thoroughbred a Paint, and a Welsh pony, as well as three miniature horses (see page, "Trinket, Miniature Horse) and a miniature donkey. She has trained and shown two horses, Diamond Jim Jay and Nokken, in Prix St. Georges competition, earning scores towards her silver medal with the United States Dressage Federation.
Mary Kay graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. She is pleased to expand her practice to include dog training lessons.
Mary Kay and Nokken compete at the Prix St. Georges level.
Mary Kay emphasizes positive learning experiences. She is certified with Tagteach International (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance) and has studied clicker training for over 15 years. She has trained extensively in Hakomi, which is a method of studying the system of beliefs that influence the way we do things, including the way we ride our horses. Her own personal experiences with Feldenkrais, Pilates, and Meditation often influence her teaching.With an eclectic teaching style, she often shares new thoughts and ideas with her students.
Clancy, Mary Kay's Thoroughbred/Shire cross, readily lifts his foot to be checked. Mary Kay teaches positive training techniques for ground work as well as riding.
Mary Kay Hasseman Tomball, TX 77377 firstname.lastname@example.org 832-684-6461