Wright moved from Austria to San
Diego in 1997. From the day she started riding ponies, Marion
had a special understanding of difficult horses. Unable to own
a horse herself she was leasing many different horses, successfully
competing in jumping shows. When she started working with her
trainer Thomas Netrwal in Austria, she was invited to break and
show German Riding Ponies for sale. One of her specialties had
been difficult horses, from nervous wrecks to flighty mares. In
her hands these horses would turn into relaxed, attentive athletes
that were able to pursue a show career with their riders. After
moving to California, Marion specialized in working with problem
horses; in 1998 she started training and later working with Carol
Peters, a local trainer and breeder of Sporthorses, and brought a number of young horses along for sale
In 2006 she also started working with Martin Juarez, who is a
renown trainer of Andalusian stallions, performing Doma Vaquera
(spanish dressage) and Alta Escuela (high school). Martin Juarez has won several
titles on the Andalusian Breed circuit and was named National
Champion 2007 in Forth Worth, TX.
In 2009 Marion moved her training business
to the gorgeous Creek Hollow Ranch in Ramona, CA working with several local breeders to start youngsters and sale horses under saddle with emphasis on creating well rounded amateur horses. She has ridden and trained with Sheri Heiar, Patrice Edwards, Gil Merrick, and Stephen Birchall.
her calling Marion gives young or green horses and ponies of all breeds as
well as amateur and youth riders the most important basic training
that creates a solid foundation on which horse and rider can build
and later excel in the higher levels of any discipline. Her positive confidence building approach helps timid and insecure riders and horses alike to find their assertiveness in the saddle and become a team with their equine partners.
Her recent move to Rancho El Camino Equestrian Center in Del Mar brings her expertise within reach of San Diego equestrians and horse owners. Belvedere Stables is currently accepting new students and clients.
In addition to her own training business at Rancho El Camino Marion also teaches the up and coming generation of Dressage competitors at Lena Nordlof's "Riding Club" in Rancho Santa Fe, where riders find excellent lesson horses and a fun filled family atmosphere in the park like setting of the prestigious Valenti Equestrian Club.