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Hi, I am Marijke

A master horse trainer, an expert in Straightness Training, a forever student, and a researcher for life. I am always curious to explore original solutions, and dedicated to helping you get the results you're looking for!

Hi, I am Marijke

A master horse trainer, an expert in Straightness Training, a forever student, a researcher for life, always curious to explore original solutions, and dedicated to helping you get the results you're looking for!

How it began...

One day, I met my horse Maestro.

 

Maestro is a Dutch warmblood, born in 1994, and he was 7 years old when our paths crossed. He was such a sweet horse on the ground but super complicated under saddle. His natural asymmetry, and the fact that this had not been recognized before, made it almost impossible to ride him.

With this special horse, I started my Straightness Training journey and this led us all the way to performing piaffe and more. But more importantly, thanks to Straightness Training (ST), I succeeded in resolving Maestro’s physical imbalance which was the cause of all the issues. 

We traveled such a long road, and it is an absolute privilege to share my personal path to mastery with the amazing ST Community. To pass on the ST wisdom and experience to other horse lovers who struggle with their own 'Maestro' is very special.

Thanks to Straightness Training, riders and horses can overcome their obstacles and reach much higher levels than they currently think they are capable of!

Fast forward to 2009

The year, I started spreading ST worldwide.


In December 2009, I started sharing my knowledge, skills, and experience of Straightness Training with the world.

At that time, online teaching was absolutely not an obvious thing to do in the equestrian world. And not only did I start to teach online... but also in English!

People said I was making a fool of myself... messing up words, speaking with this shameful accent... You see, I live in Portugal, but was born in the Netherlands, and in the Dutch culture, you don't dare to stick your neck out above ground level or you risk your head being cut off! 

In this video you can hear more about it:

 

How I can help 

Enjoy my "Golden Oldie" course for one Euro

 

This course is over a decade old, but hey, the knowledge of the Old Grandmasters is centuries old! So this makes me think the four lessons in this course are valuable to reshare with you.

And if you can get past the idea that only "the latest and the greatest" counts, you will quickly realize this is a special course, as this is one of the courses I was talking about in the earlier video. In fact, it's the very first course that I created to start teaching Straightness Training online and in English.

It includes the logical steps that make Straightness Training easily available and understandable regardless of your level of starting knowledge, whether that might just involve filling in gaps or answering questions, or starting from scratch.

Enjoy the Kick STart Course for € 1 »

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Why Straightness Training?

Balance in body, mind, heart, and soul. 


The goal is to help your horse to stay fit - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually - into late life. By recognizing and rebalancing the natural asymmetry of your horse we can solve a lot of unnecessary stress and tension in both body and mind. If you have tried everything to solve the issues you're facing with your horse, or been told by others that the problem must be between your horse’s ears, then Straightness Training might be the solution.

Why Straightness Training?

Balance in body, mind, heart, and soul. 


The goal is to help your horse to stay fit - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually - into late life. By recognizing and rebalancing the natural asymmetry of your horse we can solve a lot of unnecessary stress and tension in both body and mind. If you have tried everything to solve the issues you're facing with your horse, but got replies from others that it must be a problem between your horse’s ears, then Straightness Training might be the solution.

 

Let's Get STarted

Let's Make Your Dreams Come True

 

Straightness Training is not only for the high and mighty in dressage. It is for everybody - it doesn't matter if you are a beginner or advanced rider - and it's for every horse - no matter what age, breed or size.

Our Scholars bring along their own 'ordinary' horses, and every breed has passed in the ST Academy - from Tinker to Icelandic, from Thoroughbred to Baroque horse.

Everyone and every horse is welcome, and I'm blessed to share my experiences with all of you through the internet.

The online ST Academy offers you the clear concepts, tactics, and strategies that have already helped thousands of riders across the world to get confident and overcome struggles, plateaus, setbacks, and challenges with their horse.

Let's Get STarted »

Let's Get STarted

Let's Make Your Dreams Come True

 

Straightness Training is not only for the high and mighty in dressage. It is for everybody - it doesn't matter if you are a beginner or advanced rider - and it's for every horse - no matter what age, breed or size.

Our Scholars bring along their own 'ordinary' horses, and every breed has passed the ST Academy - from Tinker to Icelandic, from Thoroughbred to Baroque horses.

Everyone and every horse is welcome, and I'm blessed to share my experiences with all of you through the internet.

The online ST Academy offers you the clear concepts, tactics, and strategies that helped alread thousands of riders across the world to get confident and overcome struggles, plateaus, setbacks, and challenges with their horse.

Let's Get STarted »

A little about me

 

01.

Favorite Flower

Jasmine

02.

Favorite Salad

Caprese

03.

Favorite Color

Pink