Marie Banks is a USDF Certified Instructor thru Second Level. She owns and runs Blue Ribbon Farm with her sister Alice Petersen. Marie offers training board, lessons, and sales including importing horses from Europe. Marie has over 17 years experience as an instructor and focuses on a logical system of training.
She teaches students of all ages and levels, her goal is for her students to become well rounded, confident, and educated. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art from Southampton College and graduated summa cum laude. As a young rider she successfully competed in everything from equitation, hunters, jumpers, to eventing, polo, and dressage. Marie has a lot of experience with handling babies, starting young horses and re-training horses. Marie has been to Germany to learn about sport horse breeding and managing/training young horses.
Marie has succesfully shown through fourth level and regularly rides with Lendon Gray. Her future plans include getting her gold medal and becoming a USDF Certified Instructor through 4th level.
Alice Petersen starting riding as a toddler, when her grandfather purchased a pony by the name of Jingle Bells for his grandchilden. She quickly fell in love with Jingles and riding, and the passion which she held as a child is still shown in her riding and training today. As Alice progressed in her riding, she rode in eventing, foxhunting, and equitation- which is where she excelled.
Alice has now been teaching for 25 years. Her teaching and training experience includes hunter jumper, eventing, pony club, and group lessons for all levels of riders. For the last 15 years, she has prioritized her focus in the art of dressage.
In 2001 the USDF certified Alice to teach and train dressage. Additional to the certification, Alice is a silver medallist rider, and herself and her students have trained and competed on horses at the FEI level. Alice’s training philosophy is that students and horses can progress with correct training; and have fun doing it.
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