A to Z horses – Mastering a Mare's Mystery with Maia

Yes, Maia, you may!

Hannah Rivard, a horse trainer in the North Star State, won Maia, her 2006 Andalusian mare, in an essay contest four years ago.

“For as long as I can remember, I would dream of the day when I might have my own Andalusian and fly on the wings of Pegasus,” Rivard recounted.

Given a magazine ad by her sister, Rivard entered a contest in 2008 with the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse and won the Pure Raza Espanola (PRE) mare.

“I named her Maia, which is Hebrew for ‘close to God,’” Rivard explained.

Initially, Rivard practiced clicker training and natural horsemanship with Maia. She struggled to forge a strong bond with the mare.

For a while, Maia played hard-to-catch in the pasture and challenged Rivard in groundwork and saddle training.

Rivard eventually explored other methods, focusing on bridle-less work and pressure-free exercises with the graceful gray horse. She pored through horse training books and prayed plenty. And finally, the two experienced a monumental breakthrough.

Maia’s training diary is available online.

Now Maia is prancing prettily and peacefully, doing bridle-less Dressage.

Two Handsome Horses for Sale

Fancying a Friesian Cross?

At Cambria Horsemanship, just outside of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Rivard also works with her six-year-old Friesian Sport Horse Laredo, who joined her about six months ago when his previous owner moved away.

The two have been schooling in Classical Dressage. 

Laredo, a 16.1-hand Friesian/Arabian/Thoroughbred bay gelding, is currently for sale.

Don't Miss This Marvelous Mount!

Meet McAshley, a most handsome Arab/Warmblood Sport Horse.

His sire, Makash, is a Zodiac Matador son and Bask grandson and brings the best of the Polish Arabian bloodlines.

His dam, the late-great Ashley, was a Puritano Westfalen daughter and excelled in eventing and dressage.

Home-bred and raised by Wisconsin equestrian Lindsey Ramsak, Mac is adorable and sweet.

This compact and refined chestnut gelding (standing just over 15 hands high) has the endurance, athleticism and intelligence of the Polish Arabians - coupled with the smooth and graceful gaits of his Warmblood eventing and dressage forebears.

He also willingly goes Western, as well as bareback and bridle-less.

And McAshley loves to jump!

With plenty professional training under saddle, Mac is ready for a show career in the dressage, hunter, or combined training world - with an enthusiastic junior or adult rider.

Did we mention Mac is for sale?

Email the owner to schedule a test ride in Southeastern Wisconsin on this super sport horse ( He's ready to make some music in the show arena.

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Maia photos provided by Hannah Rivard
McAshley photos provided by Lindsey Ramsak
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1 comment:

  1. How cool to win an Andalusian. They are a beautiful breed.


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