Join Dr. Maria Katsamanis for a One-Day Horseless Workshop
May 6th, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
Amwell Ridge Farm
28 Rocktown Rd Ringoes, NJ 08551
Admission Fee: $50.00
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Meggie in May!
May 13th, 2017
9:00 Am- 4:00 PM
Amwell Ridge Farm, Ringoes, NJ
Meggie wants to meet you! This sweet and beautiful mare is looking for a new adopted home through The Pegasus Foundation. Come meet Meggie on May 13th and say hello to the team at The Pegasus Foundation who have helped make her progress possible! This wonderful girl just needs a little more time and rest but she has the makings of an outstanding mount for one lucky rider. Come say hello and see for yourself what makes her such a special horse. Who knows… she just might be the ONE for you!
Join the Two-Day North Carolina Clinic!
June 17-18, 2017
Midland, North Carolina
|January 26||Seminar- New Jersey|
|June 20-22||Clinic in Street, Maryland|
|July 18||Open House Event, Amwell Ridge Farm, 28 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, New Jersey, Open to the public|
|July 22-24||Clinic in Barcelona, Spain|
|August 8-9||Clinic in Mahopac, New York|
|August 15-16||“Dancing with your horse” Horse and Drum Festival, St. Charles Illinois|
|September 12-13||Clinic at Amwell Ridge Farm, Ringoes, New Jersey|
|September 19-20||Clinic in Street, Maryland|
|September 26||Speaker at the Thornewood Farm Conference, Stockton, New Jersey|
|October 17||Horseless Clinic at Amwell Ridge Farm, Ringoes, NJ|
|October 25||Clinic in Street, Maryland|
|November 7-8||Clinic in Mahopac, New York|
|November 20-21||Speakers Panel, Meet the Author, Equus Film Festival, Village East Cinema, New York City|
|March 22-23-24||Woodbine, New Jersey, Toni Techner, Private clinic|
|April 5-6-7||Ringoes, New Jersey, Diamond Creek Farm|
|May 17-18-19||Ringoes, New Jersey, Wuthering Heights Farm|
|July 19-20-21||Ringoes, New Jersey, Diamond Creek Farm|
|September 27-28-29||Barcelona, Spain, Private clinic|
|October 11-12-13||Ringoes, New Jersey|
Jan. 2017- Inspired Horse Trainer and Clinician Dr. Maria Katsamanis Transforms Horses with The Pegasus Foundation
Ringoes, NJ (December 9, 2016) – For accomplished horse trainer, clinician, and author Dr. Maria Katsamanis, working with horses has always been a matter of the heart. Over the years, Maria’s innate gift for understanding people, horses, and the complex physical and emotional interplay that goes on between them has enabled her to transform the lives of countless horses and humans alike. Now, with the official launch of The Pegasus Foundation, she is ready to enhance the life of many more.
Maria’s newest endeavor, The Pegasus Foundation, will work to provide a second chance at life for horses that otherwise would likely have ended up being sold at auction or even worse, sent to slaughter. Once enrolled in the program, horses with mental or physical issues will complete a comprehensive transformation and rehabilitation process, with the ultimate objective of facilitating an adoption with a new owner, and providing them with a fulfilling and productive life as reliable equine partners.
“The Pegasus Foundation will provide comprehensive care and an effective training program for each these horses- to restore and transform them as individuals, and to increase their adoptability” said Katsamanis. “Our greater goal is to inspire people within the equestrian industry that through compassionate and effective training, every horse can truly have a second chance at becoming a healthy, fulfilled, and productive companion.”
Horses lucky enough to find their way to the foundation will benefit from an initial restoration process, in which optimal physical health will be achieved through recovery from injury and attaining an appropriate weight level. After the horse has reached an ideal state of health and comfort, the transformation process begins, in which Maria’s compassionate gift and effective training approach unfailingly brings out the very best in every equine.
In addition to transforming the lives of horses and humans, funds from The Pegasus Foundation will also be allocated to produce educational seminars and workshops held throughout the year highlighting the step-by-step progress of horses enrolled in the program. Funding will also allow for the production of visual educational materials that will systematically document the changes in and progress of each horse. These materials will inspire and educate the public about compassionate and ethical training practices.
Experienced riders from all disciplines have been stunned by the transformation they saw in their horses after working with Maria. Maria’s wealth of knowledge and years of study include a doctorate degree in clinical psychology, and she continues to maintain an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Medical School. Her expertise also includes the integration of key concepts of the molecular and noetic sciences, a robust foundational riding background in the Greek and French classics, and an expert knowledge of horse and human physiology. The Pegasus Foundation will operate out of Katsamanis’ home base, Amwell Ridge Farm in Ringoes, New Jersey, where she also offers comprehensive training and riding instruction, as well as boarding services.
In addition to The Pegasus Foundation, Maria is also a highly sought-after seminar speaker and clinician, where she shares her knowledge and experience with those seeking to develop a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with their horse, regardless of discipline. Her book, The Alchemy of Lightness, provides an in-depth study of Molecular Equitation, the fundamental mechanics that underlie all human-equine interaction. As a clinician, she often utilizes her background in biofeedback and psychophysiology to “connect” humans with their own body signals.
“The Pegasus Foundation is committed to inspiring and informing people about the power and beauty of a horse living up to its full potential. The horse’s transformation into a masterpiece, into a sound and viable companion, will inspire and instill hope in those interested in adopting a horse. It is my goal that through the Pegasus Foundation, we will have the opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of these horses, but also to educate and inspire members of the equestrian community at large.”
To learn more about Dr. Maria Katsamanis, follow her on facebook @molecularequitation or visit www.mariakatsamanis.com.
To learn more about The Pegasus Foundation, or to get involved with the Pegasus mission to help horses, visit www.thepegasusfoundation.org or follow on facebook @thepegasusfoundationnj.
Aug 27, 2015 - Bucks County Herald: Marwari stallion makes home in Hunterdon County
Aug 08, 2015 - Mindfulness and Wellbeing: Building Trust, Turning Toward the Difficult
May 2015 - Pennsylvania Equestrian
April, 2015 - Warmbloods Today Magazine: Before You Mount; A Checklist
Feb., 2015 - Warmbloods Today Magazine: Seven Myths That May Be Blocking You From The Ultimate Ride
Dec., 2014 - Warmbloods Today Magazine: Horse Listening vs. Horse Whispering
Dec.17, 2014 - Hunterdon County Democrat: Rare Marwari horses once again training in New Jersey
Nov 4, 2014 - Horseback Magazine: Dressage Trainer Captivates Movie Audience
Nov. 3, 2014 - Horse News: Local Horse Trainer Featured in New Horse City's Equus Film Festival
Aug 18, 2014 - Horse Collaborative: “It’s not a riding lesson, it’s a life lesson”
Last week, we took a fascinating peek into Jonathan Field’s natural approach to horsemanship, centered around observance, patience and most of all, understanding. Here’s another individual with a very interesting and holistic approach to horsemanship, Dr. Maria Katsamanis. An accomplished horsewomanand clinical psychologist (now that’s a business card), she combines her knowledge of connection with the methods of classical horsemanship. Check it out:
“The ideal relationship between a horse and a human would be a place where they are both physically and mentally comfortable, where they’re both there because on some level they wish to spend some time together. And that’s what I facilitate.”
Aug. 05, 2014 - Hunterdon County Democrat: Local equestrian Katsamanis speaking at Drum Horse Festival in Illinois
“Our two species, horses and humans, share a connection that pre-dates gadgets or formulas,” says Katsamanis. “The inclusion of scientific information to explain our relationship with horses allows a new way of thinking. Science helps explain what we experience with our horses.”
Her background with horses combined with a doctorate in psychology bring her unique insight. Her empathy, training, and experience allow her to explain the barriers and myths that block the path between a horse and rider enjoying the ultimate dance together. She introduces simple yet powerful techniques that can improve the horse/rider connection and offers a unique evaluation process that identifies key physiological and psychological factors that affect rapport with an equine partner, and identifies and releases physical and mental barriers. “I have been fortunate to have been influenced by many great people that have been instrumental in my evolution as a horsewoman and trainer. My horses and students continue to teach me” says Dr. Katsamanis. She is one of a select few trainers outside of India that have worked with the rare Marwari horses. Dr. Katsamanis recently hosted a clinic at Diamond Creek Farm in Ringoes, Enrollment for her upcoming New Jersey clinic to be held in October 2014 is now open. Katsamanis’ presentation will fit in with the Festival of the Horse and Drum’s line up, which includes the Equus Film Festival, a wide range of speakers on various topics, and presentations including a Native American Pow Wow, Renaissance Fair, model horse show, and a Cowboy town. “This will be my first time attending the Festival and I was thrilled for the invitation,” said Dr. Katsamanis. “I am positive that this will be a great venue to discuss a philosophy that can be considered regardless of discipline or breed.” For more information on Katsamanis, visit her website at www.mariakatsamanis.com. To view her films that were submitted to the Equus Film Festival, visit these two links: Film #1 http://vimeo.com/74387995, Film #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiDKpfqe9vM. For more information on the Festival of the Horse and Drum, visit their website at festivalofthehorseanddrum.com.