Maria A. Hurley - 42 +years of hands on Horsemanship, Showing, Teaching & Owning Horses, particularly Arabians, Quarter Horses and Paints. Specializing in Spiritual Growth, Natural Horsemanship and emphasizing the "relationship" of the horse & human in all her teachings. Maria has ridden under the instruction many talented trainers.c Currently Maria is riding three times per week under the instruction of her Mentor Vitor Silva of Sons of the Wind Farm in Merrimac, MA. She is riding and studying all levels of Classical Dressage. She rides Vitors fine Gran Prix Level Luistano's. Maria started teaching riding lessons at 8 years old on her own pony to help with her own board and upkeep. Maria also trains under several notable Licensed Instructors, she's proud to have been the leader and previously volunteers for the local "Little Trotters" 4-H program all making her the horsewoman she is today. Maria travels the North Shore of Boston and southern New Hampshire schooling, training and teaching clients and horses 3 times per week, in addition to her riding instruction and horsemanship programs. Maria is the A member of the Arabian Horse Association, The Natural Horsemanship Boston Group. (NHB) and American Quarter Horse Association, West Newbury and Riding Club, Rowley Riding and driving Club as well as several other notable organizations supporting her breeds and training preferences. Maria was previously employed at Ironstone Farm In Andover as a Therapist Coordinator and Riding Instructor. Maria worked in conjunction with Therapist's representing the Equine part of the Therapy session, helping Therapists to meet their strategies with our clients. Maria's experience working with Special Needs, children & Adults has been extremely rewarding. Maria has many years teaching experience all seats, Dressage being the basis of her riding instruction. Her passion is the "healing" that horses bring to our lives, physical, mental and spiritual. Her goal is to funnel that healing to all that will have it. Besides being a Licensed Instructor & Owner of Divinity Farm. Maria also has a passion for Iron horses (motorcycles) and knowledge of Sales and Finance, she worked as a Business Administrator supporting the Finance & Business departments. Just more of making peoples dreams come true. Her work history entails Business Management, Accounting, Executive Assistant, Property & Casualty Insurance, & Real Estate, Legal Assistant for an Attorney . She had the opportunity to study child care & become certified and licensed. She owned and ran my own home Child care Business from 1999 -2003, New Other future goals are further certifications in Horsemanship, Legal/Law, Reiki & Web Design and has also worked as an Executive Assistant the last 10 years and is very knowledgeable in business, advertising and marketing. She also taught Bible school to the children at her church, Grace Ministries, Saugus, MA.
Maria continues to further her experience & education. After 40 years, in the equine industry. Accomplishments has been to successfully expedite summer camps through Pentucket Community Education, run a successful Hippotherapy Program, Vaulting Program, Equine 101 and many variations of riding instruction as well as Horsemanship. She has also successfully branched out to other locations, Groveland, Haverhill and Boxford. She commits to frequents clinics does studies and observes video's and training video's along with riding lessons. Much of her enjoyment for in home study comes from "dressagetrainingonlione.com", Stacy Westfall's library as well as Monty Roberts and follows top dressage riders throughout the world. Her Instructors over the last + years have consisted of the late Ron Levesque, Keith Angstadt, Martha Endicott & Judy Lawless. Her goals are to become the best rider she can and to utilize her experience with Keith to help her advance in her Dressage skills , as well as long line training and driving. This experience will be passed down to students of Divinity, as well 4H'ers.
9/14/2011 Maria training success has continued and her training programs have increased in numbers drastically. Maria continues her own personal lesson program in dressage with Keith Anstadt and advocating for the bitless bridle, as well as implementing the new recognized discipline "Western Dressage". Maria is a member of the Western Dressage Association of America and she is the Membership Secretary for Western Dressage Associates of America Massachusetts Affiliate. Maria has shown, successfully for years herself taking Championships "Reserve Champion", Maria coached many of her of her students & Little Trotters successfully in many shows as well as her clientele throughout the years. Maria also continues to school & train many horses outside of Divinity Farm for her clients, as well as working closely with her clients that own horses of their own, building confident relationships from the ground up.