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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

Book a Clinic with Emily at your Barn
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.

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!

Mary Wanless Spring 2017 Clinic
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!

Mary Wanless Spring 2016 Clinic
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