Mary Flood was recommended to me as an instructor many years ago by Major Anders Lindgren. To this day, I thank him for introducing us! Over the past two decades, I have trained with Mary, hosted clinics for her and sent some of my own students of various disciplines to train with her at her top-notch facility, Wildfire Farm in Virginia.
Her most amazing gift is her teaching. Mary can teach the same thing in 10 different ways, so you really get it somehow!
I know for a fact that without her clear teaching skills, classical knowledge and all-around impeccable horsemanship, I would not have been able to obtain my USDF Associate Instructor Classification.”
Mary Flood is a gifted and dedicated teacher whose systematic approach benefits both horse and rider. She gives 100% attention to every student and horse who walk in her ring.”
Sharon Matthews and JR
Everyone who comes, whether to board, trailer in for a lesson or attend a clinic is welcomed with warmth and sincerity. Often, lasting friendships develop as we work together with our horses. I don’t think it would be possible to find another farm that could equal Wildfire in the excellence of its training of both horse and rider, the beauty of its surroundings, the happiness and health of the horses who call it home, and the friendship and warmth awaiting those who are lucky enough to find their way there.”
March Enders and Wiecor
Over a long and diverse riding career, I've ridden with top hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage instructors, and Mary is my absolute favorite. Her depth of knowledge and ability to communicate this to students at all levels is truly exceptional. Lessons are always fun and appropriately challenging for horse and rider. She helped me resolve issues with a very difficult horse, and the results have been remarkable: the horse has been transformed, and I'm a far more effective rider. I wish I'd started riding with Mary when I was younger!”
Liza Broadbent and Tico
I have worked with Mary for a number of years on a number of different horses and have had successful results with each and every one of them. Mary is a patient and fair teacher and a true role model for me.”
I am always in awe at your vast knowledge, your never-ending quest to learn more, and your ability to clearly explain whatever you are teaching to the rider or the horse!
Thanks to you I am starting to get a glimpse of my diamond in the rough, and I can't wait for you to see her again. Words cannot express our gratitude.”
Brian and Cristal
I was fortunate enough to be able to move Lance (Sir Lancelot) to Mary Flood’s stable at Wildfire Farm. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life, and I am thankful for each day that I am there. I could never have made so much progress in my riding and in my understanding of horses if I had not been in such an encouraging and educational atmosphere. My horse has blossomed under Mary’s care and training, and he has become a talented dressage horse. My riding skills continue to improve with each lesson. Lance and I also trail ride, pop over the occasional jump, long-line and generally have fun.”
Virginia Carlson and Lance
In 2008, I brought my three-year-old, Belotti, to train with Mary. Belotti had limited groundwork and barely knew how to longe the day he arrived at Wildfire Farm. Mary trained Belotti and me from the first moment he had a saddle on his back to our first licensed show, one year later, in Lexington, VA, where we scored 71.2% at Training Level 4 and 74% at Morven Park Recognized Show. Mary’s unending patience and deep respect for every horse show in the meticulous care Belotti receives and the progress we make every day.”
If you want to work with someone who will show you the correct way to ride, see Mary.
If you want to work with someone who brings out the best in you and your horse, no matter what breed or background, see Mary. If you are like me and want to achieve success in the competition ring, don’t waste any more time and money. See Mary and be ready to soar!”
Jess Howard and Arizona Wildfire