Mary McGuire Smith is the owner/operator of the IRIDE Brand, and specializes in training horses and riders in the art and sport of Basic Riding and Dressage through the highest levels. We offer riding lessons on your own horse, training for your horse in dressage, coaching at competitions, goal-setting, and help in finding your special partner for Dressage. We also offer business consultation to the professional rider/trainer/barn owner.
Mary is a United States Dressage Federation "L" Judges Training Program Graduate and is qualified to judge dressage schooling shows, as well as the dressage portion of schooling shows for Eventing and Combined Training.
She is an ARIA Certified Level III Dressage Instructor--the only Level III in the Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia corner that is currently teaching.
IRIDE (Indian River Institute for Dressage and Equestrians) relocated on March 15, 2013, and is now based in Mentone, Dekalb County, Alabama on top of Lookout Mountain. We are a convenient drive from I-59 or US Highway 27 from Georgia. Mary's business model is predominantly mobile instruction, so she can drive to your location for lessons.
NEW IN 2020--In partnership with Karen Knarr, DVM/CVA, we are offering a Thermal Imaging Service, along with Laser and Acupuncture services for equines in all disciplines.
See the Thermal Imaging page for more details (click here)
Mary is accepting new students, and is available to travel to your facility within the Huntsville, AL/Chattanooga, TN/Rome, GA area.
Call or email Mary today! All the contact information is still the same--
Mary McGuire-Smith is the Instructor/Trainer at IRIDE. She is the Alabama's only American Riding Instructor Association Certified Level III Dressage Instructor.Mary's students have ranged in age from 6 years old to their 70's, and from the first time on a horse through the Intermediare II level. She also teaches riders and trains horses to jump for eventing divisions.
We welcome all persons interested in learning to ride horses, or to increase knowledge and skills. Competitive or not, our focus is on developing a correct foundation in both horse and rider. We build on that foundation according to the individual goals of each rider, whether that is towards local or USDF/USEF or FEI Recognized Competitions in dressage or eventing up to the highest levels, or if it is simply for the pure enjoyment of harmonious interaction between two species.
Browse through our pages to become familiar with our philosophy and programs. Please feel free to email us, or contact Mary by phone at 772-473-0528 if you wish further information, or to schedule lessons or services.
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