Mary Rizo-Patron is the head trainer at Hacienda La Amistad. Mary uses a cooperation method of training that has the horses' trust as the primary element of their education. In using this method the horses learn to cooperate with the rider and work with him or her rather than execute routines because they do not have a chance to do otherwise. This technique results in a horse that works happily and has a solid foundation for many years of productive use.

Mary's methods have been proven by the success of the horses that she has trained in both the open and amateur owner show divisions as well as horses that are used for pleasure riding. She has had successes in Pleasure and Performance as well as in the very demanding Classic Fino divisions as can be seen by her winnings at the National shows. To see these click on the "Shows" button.

Mary started training Paso Fino horses in 1984 after the birth of her son Daniel. She had trained in the Northeast, the Southeast, and the Midwest before settling on her own farm in Waynesville, Ohio. Mary enjoys working with amateur owners and their horses, and many of her clients have been very successful in the show ring at regional shows as well as at the National level. All these people enjoy their horses by trail riding them through the off-season since these horses have been trained to happily participate in any event that is presented to them.

If you are interested in scheduling a clinic with Mary go to our "Clinics" page from our "Services" page.
Mary on La Sierra de La Amistad
2000 Reserve National Champion Pleasure Mare.
Sierra was raised and trained from a yearling at
Hacienda La Amistad