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A New Concept in Equestrian Instruction Support Services

Hi! I'm Martha Tappan Marquette. I think riding horses and bonding with them can be a joyful and empowering experience. However, sometimes what should be a fun process of learning to ride and relate to our equine friends can end up being a frustrating effort for both the teacher and the student.

I have been teaching horseback riding lessons for more than 45 years. For the last 15 years, I have been studying fascinating and powerful “new-school” concepts from the emerging field of brain-based learning and student-centered learning. I combine these exciting new techniques with tried-and-true “old-school” equestrian instruction methods to help modern trainers share their knowledge and horsemanship skills with students in a more gentle and effective way. I call this unique blend the "Marquette Method" of instruction.

I offer a variety of clinics, workshops, and one-on-one support services, as well as lectures and presentations to explain and show both instructors and students how to utilize and benefit from these concepts. Please feel free to contact me for more information. And don't worry if you don't see what you need in my list of services below. Let's talk! I'm sure we can design something together that meets your specific needs.


Half-day, full day, or weekend clinics & workshops. Large or small group instruction or individualized training programs.


I'm delighted to share insights on cognitive learning research and other ground-breaking ideas that support and improve the teaching/learning process.


I am available as a personal mentor for entry level riding instructors, as well as those who have attained an intermediate level of experience.

What people are saying

I would highly recommend Martha to anyone who is interested in a new, gentle, effective, and scientific approach to learning.

Dorothy Blackwell

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