"In my 17 years as a lesson student, I have ridden with seven trainers in five states, and Marion Briggs of Emerald Hills Training is the one who has taught me the most, both on the ground and under saddle.
Marion is knowledgeable, experienced, and ambitious, but she is also respectful and compassionate toward her horses and her riders. She is demanding, but always reasonable – and always prepared to reflect on how she can be a more effective trainer. This duality of focus can be hard to find in this business, and it makes Marion uniquely able to coach her riders to reach their greatest potential, and to train her horses to reach theirs.
She is simply a pleasure to work with. She knows what it takes to “show well,” both in the hunter and jumper rings, but she isn’t pretentious about it. She is realistic and honest about how a rider or horse owner should prioritize resources, even as she takes pride in turning out a truly gorgeous (and technically strong, of course) horse and rider. And she brings a lot of fun and humor into the hard work of training. I would recommend Marion Briggs at EHT to any rider or horse owner who is looking for a trainer who can help you or your horse be a better athlete in an environment that is supportive and competitive, with none of the usual pretention."
- Wanda Schenck
Marion Briggs - Trainer
Marion began riding at the age of 5, and it has been central to her life ever since. A local to the Bay Area, she rode and competed from a young age, and began teaching before she was 18. She has always been passionate about education and technique, and after spending time coaching the Stanford Equestrian Team in both show jumping and dressage in the early 1990's, she felt that she needed to further her equestrian education, and moved to Los Angeles to study dressage with Gerhard Politz and Heather Bender. While in L.A. she had the opportunity to ride and help train many horses from 2 year olds through Grand Prix dressage, as well as getting the chance to audit many clinics by such dressage greats as Reiner Klimke, Klaus Balkenhol, Anky van Grunsven, Guenter Seidel, Steffen Peters and Jan Ebling.
In 2000, Marion met her husband, and moved to Ireland where he was from. There she turned her attention back to the jumping arena. She competed, taught and trained extensively, competing up to 1.30m in show jumping, and bringing her students to many shows, including the Royal Dublin Society Horse Show. Additionally, she gained internationally recognized coaching qualifications from both the British Horse Society and the Equestrian Federation of Ireland.
After moving back to the U.S., and after a short break while raising her young kids, she returned to riding and coaching full time in the beginning of 2013. With her passion for classical horsemanship and a strong foundation in flatwork, she excels at bringing out the best in her horses and her riders at all levels.