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Welcome to Horses with
Dr. Maria

Explore our new website and start "Creating Magic with Your Horse" today!


With a formal education as a clinical scientist, Dr. Maria Katsamanis wants to help you establish the ultimate connection with your horse.  Through the resources she is offering, her hope is that you will allow her to break down the barriers and myths that block the path between horse and rider and allow you to experience the dance that is accessible to anyone regardless of age or breed.

New Resources

The website isn’t the only thing that is new. Dr. Maria has been hard at work writing, recording, and producing multimedia content to help take you to the next level with your horsemanship.

In addition to the book, “The Alchemy of Lightness“, co-authored with Dominique Barbier, Dr. Maria has created an online educational venue, “Horses with Dr. Maria the Online Course Center“. Her online venue will be constantly growing with courses that provide hours of hands on video lectures with horses and students giving you insights that you can instantly apply to the partnership with your horse.

Our first course in the “Creating Magic with Your Horse” series is now available!

This is my world...let it be yours!


Over the years, Dr. Maria Katsamanis has worked with a wide variety of horses, students, and peers in the equestrian profession. Here are just a few of the responses she has received from those who she has worked with and who admire her work and ability.

Had a great Day 1 with Dr. Maria at the clinic held by the ECI group.  Her insight is invaluable and her love for all horses is priceless.  Day 2 with Dr. Maria.  The clinic ended way too soon!  The learning curve was tremendous.  Learned about connecting with your horse in many different levels, and having gratitude for what they give us.  Dr. Maria is a classical dressage rider and her insight into our horses is amazing.

Sue Mazzarella Neidlinger

We can't thank you enough for the kindness and generosity that you showed to us.  You are lovely to watch,  I have never seen our boy move like that!

Ellie DeMarco Fleetwood

Deana and Nifty had the honor and priviledge to "work" with legendary horse and rider trainer Dr. Maria Katsamanis this past weekend at Legacy Equestrian Center.

Ellie DeMarco Fleetwood

The lessons were so far beyond what I knew to be true about [this] subject this weekend.  I had an agnorisis, a moment of recognition and truly saw how my balance, sense of calm, and my breathing really effects the horse on a molecular level.  The author of "The Alchemy of Lightness", horse trainer, and psychologist Dr. Maria Katsamanis truly enlightened her audience and clinic participants.  I learned some in-hand and long lining as well as some exercises under saddle.  I am so thankful for the great education this weekend.  What a wonderful experience all around

Mary Elena Moran

There is no one quite like Maria Katsamanis.  She truly is the "teacher" I have been searching for, for 20+ years.  For her, its not about getting the horse to do something you want them to do; rather it is about "how can I make you more comfortable and happy" so that the horse naturally offers more.  Maria has brought me and my horse back from a place where I was fairly certain that our future was quite dim.  We've got a way to go, but we've come so far already!  Maria is a clinical psychologist, and a professor at Rutgers, yet she is a full time horse trainer because that is her passion.  She is quite simply the best horsewoman I've met

Jeane DeVries

She understands people and she understands horses and she helps to create an improved relationship between humans and the horse.  She has a wealth of knowledge that she freely shares... by helping the horse she helps the human and then it circles back to benefiting the horse.  My own experience with Dr. Maria is with my Premarin foal rescue. The rescue had a lot of issues from early development and is now willing and learning and trying so hard as a result of the time we spend with Maria and the education and philosophy we receive and try to put into practice.  It is astounding what Dr. Maria is capable of as she helps both four-legged and two legged.  In our case, I would call it miraculous!

Brietta Ragette

Training at Maria's is a two-way street: A horse will not only be exceptionally cared for, he will also be recognized and listened to.  Maria's horse training is a true partnership.  Some write about such connection, others speak (a lot) about it, very few achieve it- she does

Helene Freixe

Since I started to work my horses under Maria's way something has changed in my relationship and my approach to them, now I know that they are ready to show you and give you full trust when we treat them with kindness and looking always for their comfort and happiness.

Mario Calcagno - Barcelona, Spain

Remembering H when he first arrived. What a difference!!! Dr. Maria I have seen you transform horses over and over again. Congratulations Trainer of the Year Dressage DVHA!

Helene Hylander

Maria you're amazing!

Alicia Anguera Roca - Barcelona, Spain

Contact Dr. Maria

Amwell Ridge Farm
(732) 921-0565
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