Dressage and hunt seat lessons offered on School horses or your own.
Instruction given by gold USDF gold medalist Mari Naten.
Private lessons $65 (45 minutes) beginners plan on 1 1/2 hours to learn
proper grooming, tacking up and safety techniques.
Semi private lessons (2 riders, 1 hour) $50 each
Small Children lessons (5-7 yrs) available for 1/2 hour sessions, $60.
Balanced seat, correct position from the beginning.
Mari Naten grew up in the rural Mid-West having a family owned stable.
She moved to Utah and attend Utah State University, meeting her husband
Ron. Mari was a ski racer and instructor at Park City West, Utah. While
working as a dental assistant she galloped Thoroughbreds and Quarter
horses at the race track in the early mornings. Galloping horses on the
track lead to her developing a passion for competitive horses and she
pursued her weekend career as a jockey, for her love for speed. The
transfer of her husbands job soon led her to Littleton, CO. She sold real
estate, rode race horses and continued her dental assistant job.
In 1980 Mari and Ron purchased her dream facility Normandy
Stables, a 60 horse boarding and training facility located in Littleton,
CO. Mari and Ron had two children her son, Courtney who is now a dentist
in Elk Grove, CA and her daughter Jessica Naten a Dressage Trainer in
Wilton, CA. Her passion for competitive equines, helped cultivate her
involvement in the horse shows, education and equine community. Mari was
show manager and secretary of numerous horse trials, dressage shows, and
hunter jumper shows. She held a Colorado Horseman's Association judging
card. Developed an annual summer youth riding camp. Owner/ Manager of the
Centennial Horse Trials and Chapter Chair for Mountain States Combined
Training Association, while competing at preliminary level Three Day
In 1996 Mari and Ron relocated to Wilton, CA purchasing
what is now Pacific Equestrian Center. Mari has done an unbelievable job
hosting three star Dressage shows, USDF Breed Show Championship Finals,
Hunter Jumper shows, as well as hosting many FEI Clinicians, the USDF
Instructors Certification programs, CDS educational programs such as the
Adult Amateur and Junior/ Young riders clinics, and the USDF (L) judge
program. As a breeder of Warmbloods Mari has bred and raised over 100
quality sporthorses while at PEC. Mari holds her USDF Bronze, Silver and
Gold medals. As one of the trainer at Pacific Equestrian Center, she
currently enjoys teaching and trains a select number of quality equine
In conjunction with being an accomplished rider,
trainer, and equine facility manager, Mari is also an accomplished artist.
Her love for equines and animals in general has carried over in her
artistic abilities. You can find her bronze and resin sculptures and
reliefs on display in boutique equine shops, she also offers commissioned
sculptures of your personal horse or pet.
Mari is proud to be the
2018 California Dressage Society Foothills Chapter Chair, and is looking
forward to an educational and successful year ahead.