A 2010 graduate with distinction from Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior (KPA), Mary Kay has been instructing riders and training horses for more than 30 years.
Mary Kay 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.
Mary Kay has worked with noted clinicians such as Jane Savoie, Alex Kurland, Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel, Max Gahwyler, Lilo Fore, and Hans Muller, and enjoys working with all breeds of horses. She currently owns and trains a thoroughbred and an American warmblood, as well as two miniature horses that pull a cart and perform tricks. Mary Kay has trained and shown two horses, Diamond Jim Jay and Nokken, in Prix St. Georges competition, earning scores toward her silver medal with the United States Dressage Federation.
Certified through Tagteach™ International (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance), Mary Kay has studied clicker training for many years and emphasizes positive learning experiences. She has trained extensively in Hakomi, 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, Mary Kay often shares new thoughts and ideas with her students.