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Instruction at Wildfire Farm

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.

It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

At Wildfire Farm, we are dedicated to teaching the correct, classical training of dressage and the many aspects of horsemanship to both the horse and the rider. We are detail-oriented and will teach you what it takes to create a winning combination between you and your horse.


Mary Flood is a USDF Certified Instructor with extensive teaching experience. Her expertise allows her to solve a variety of rider and horse problems. 


Mary has trained many highly successful students, including Olympic riders, Advanced Event Stars and recognized dressage competitors at all levels on all types of horses. Her teaching is based on sound, technical competence.


The journey into learning dressage will help you explore the physical, mental and emotional aspects of becoming a skilled rider. You will improve your riding skills and develop a better understanding of how to train your horse to become a partner in your journey. Part of the training process with Mary involves the mental and emotional aspects of riding, including how to deal with show nerves.


Mary also teaches the technical aspects of test riding—preparing your horse for competition, getting the most out of showing and developing freestyles for competition. Coaching is available at the many shows Mary attends.


Lunging and seat work will help students develop the physical skills needed to become a better rider. 

Mary can also teach you in-hand work, lunging and long lining skills, grid and pole exercises.


Whether you just want to ride for your own self-improvement or you decide to become a solid competitor, Mary can work with you and your horse. 

Lessons will include:

• Thinking from a horse’s point of view

• Defining long- and short-term goals

• Developing an effective seat

• Understanding the training scale to success

• Confidence building and handling show nerves

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