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You can also call me at (240)587-RWYM during business hours Tues - Sat.

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26771 Howard Chapel Dr
Damascus, MD, 20872


Rider Biomechanics coaching in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Greater DC region. Emily teaches on school horses in Damascus, MD and travels throughout the region to do clinics and give biomechanics talks. Learn how to sit well, how to have a truly independent seat, legs and hands, and eliminate conflicting signals which confuse the horse. A student of learning theory, Emily uses the most modern coaching techniques, including deep practice and positive reinforcement, which have been proven to be some of the most effective methods of coaching to date.


Clinics given by Emily and clinicians hosted by Heart of Riding

Mary Wanless Fall 2017 Clinic
to Oct 29

Mary Wanless Fall 2017 Clinic

Would you like more 'feel'? Would you like to know what talented riders actually do, and why they cannot convey that knowledge in words? The way you sit has a profound influence on your horse, and for each little change that you make, he changes too. Learn how this works, and you're a winner! Your riding becomes extremely ethical, and your horse miraculously 'gets it'.  

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Mary Wanless Spring 2017 Clinic
to May 7

Mary Wanless Spring 2017 Clinic

What a fabulous clinic, such great improvements in all the horses!

Mary certainly has a way of getting riders to make changes in their body, which results in immediate straightness, suppleness and balance in the horse.

All the riders went away happy :)

SaraKate worked very hard to get her middle to not be so wobbly, and did a great job!

SaraKate worked very hard to get her middle to not be so wobbly, and did a great job!

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Book a Clinic with Emily at your Barn
to Dec 31

Book a Clinic with Emily at your Barn

If you have a few riders at your barn who would be interested in trying some Ride With Your Mind Biomechanics, I will come to you.

What is RWYM Biomechanics? Here's a little excerpt from Mary Wanless' website:


Oh yes it is! And though it isn't Western riding or Polo, it is the skills that the top few riders in each of these disciplines share, even though they may not recognise that fact. The laws of physics and biomechanics do not change when you change your riding discipline, and they have not changed over time. But by using different language to describe those skills we make them far more accessible and reproducible. Few trainers in any discipline can 'clone' riders who replicate their skills; but we can.

When riders use their body to say it in the language 'horse', their riding becomes extremely ethical, and horses miraculously 'get it'. It takes a while for new skills to become natural, but soon enough the rider appears to have talent!

I am happy to teach anyone and everyone, whether you are an eventer trying to improve your dressage scores, a trail rider trying to feel more secure going up and down hills, or a western rider doing western dressage. I can help dressage riders looking to move to the next level and riding school riders who have reached the limits of their current instructor as well. Nervous riders, nervous horses, and supportive auditors are encouraged!

Learn with your friends: have your trainer ride with me so they learn how to teach biomechanics to you. 

Clinics can consist of only mounted lessons, or can include an hour long unmounted workshop, where I'll have interactive demos, illustrations, Q&A time, and show exercises riders can do at home to help build their muscle memory.

Rates vary depending on how far away your barn is and whether or not there is a "ring fee", but I try to keep the cost down so everyone can participate.

Contact me at or call me at 240-587-RWYM and we can get started!

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Mary Wanless Spring 2016 Clinic
to May 16

Mary Wanless Spring 2016 Clinic

The Spring RWYM Clinic was a smash hit, thanks so much to everyone who came and participated as well as all my helpers: Daria, Robbi, Mariah, Mary, Nancy, Kathryn, Gail, Francie and Heidi - I couldn't have done it without you, I love you all!

Mary Wanless will be returning to Great Strides in Damascus, MD this May for another 3 day clinic focusing on Ride With Your Mind biomechanics.

New as of March 23 2016: Clinic filled! Wait list is now open. Submit a deposit to get your name on the list, first come first serve. If no spots open up, you get your $ back or you can leave it for the next MW Clinic (Fall 2016).

The dates are now May 14, 15, 16 2016. Apologies for the confusion if you were given other dates - these dates are now solid. 

Stabling and pasture may be more limited than usual but our hope is to be able to accommodate everyone.

Shared rooms in the farmhouse will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Auditors are welcome - pay ahead of time and get a discount, or pay at the door in cash: $50/day.

The schedule is as follows: 2 riders in each lesson, riding at the same time each of the 3 days. Please let me know when signing up if you would like to ride at a particular time.

Saturday and Sunday  9am to 5pm:
9am - lesson 1
10am - lesson 2
11am - lesson 3
Noon - Lunch in the lounge
1pm - Discussion in the lounge
2pm - lesson 4
3pm - lesson 5
4pm - lesson 6


We look forward to having you!

Feb 4, 2016 Emily

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