Dr. Maria Katsamanis has received worldwide recognition as a horse trainer, clinician, exhibition rider, and author. She has transformed the lives of countless horses through her unique approach to training. Utilizing her background in equine and human psychology to examine the fundamental mechanics of the human-equine interaction, Dr. Maria helps riders communicate more effectively with their horses. It sounds simple, but this subtle ‘science’ is a game-changer.
Dr. Maria holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and maintains an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Medical School. Her background in biofeedback and psychophysiology is central to her training approach, dubbed “molecular equitation,” which examines the connection between horse and rider on a molecular level. Full details on Maria’s approach can be found in her book “The Alchemy of Lightness: What Happens Between Horse and Rider on a Molecular Level and How it Helps Achieve the Ultimate Connection.”
Dr. Maria uses her education as a clinical scientist to help demystify and explain the elements of a magical formula that are key in establishing the ultimate connection with our horses. She also holds an International degree in Equine Osteopathy and an advanced certification in Posture therapy, which gives her a “gamechanger” way to approach biomechanics and balance for both horse and rider.
Her explanations of the barriers and myths that block the path between horse and rider results in freeing them both and thus makes the dance accessible to anyone regardless of age or breed. Dr. Maria is honored to be sought out as a clinician both here and abroad.
A native of Greece, the mythology and folklore around the tradition of horsemanship made a significant mark early in her life. Dr. Maria studied in Greece, France, and the United States. Her commitment to the classical tradition is longstanding and she continues to perfect her art.
Dr. Maria’s early equestrian career included working as an exercise rider for a French racing barn and had the privilege of participating as a display rider in Queen Elizabeth’s II Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle. She maintains a residence on the island of Crete in the town of Gergeri but resides in the United States where she maintains an active and exclusive student base in New Jersey.