Dr. Maria Katsamanis has received worldwide recognition as a horse trainer, clinician, exhibition rider, and author.
With a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, 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. 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 while continuing to maintain an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Medical School.
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.