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Maria's lifelong love of horses began at the early age of 4 with her first pony, though she had to wait until the age of 13 to finally have her own horse, when her inexperienced parents purchased a $400, barely trained large pony. Some good instruction, persistence and hard work enabled her to successfully ride and compete this pony in Hunter/Jumper shows as well as Dressage and Three Day Eventing. This opened doors for Maria to ride and train horses of all types and disciplines.
Maria was not only trained here in San Diego, but also in Germany at the Hannoversche Reit und Fahrschule in Verden and in England at the Yorkshire Riding Centre in Markington, North Yorkshire. She returned to to the US and started her own business training young horses and young riders. Her young students benefited greatly from the interaction with the horses, learning discipline, consistency, overcoming fears, and how to communicate, all excellent skills for adulthood. Some students went on to compete in horse shows successfully. Maria also rescued many young thoroughbreds that wee injured or destined to be destroyed from the local racetracks, rehabilitation and finding new homes for them.
As her children grew older, she started the photography company Captured Moment Photograph that specializes in capturing the exciting and artistic moments of horses in competition as well as unique equine art. Her company grew to include photographing World Cup Qualifiers and internationally known competitors in several states as well as Make a Wish recipients who wanted to meet and ride a horse for the first time.
She continues to ride and train her two young horses and care for two adults. Her teaching skills now have shifted from horsemanship to the business of photography, giving young adults fresh out of high school valuable skills, experience and encouragement while working for her in her photograph business. She is excited to join the Amazing Mini Miracles group as she believes in the healing power of these wonderful little equines.