Ann-Marie Marek aka Brynglas Equine
Ann-Marie Marek is an IH Trainer and qualified Equine Shiatsu Practitioner based in Lampeter. Her business, Brynglas Equine, offers a number of equine services from starting and schooling through to dealing with behavioural issues at all levels. Specialising in confidence issues both on the ground and ridden.
Ann-Marie was one of a handful of people awarded certificates by Queen Elizabeth herself – for influential equine protection work, as parts of Monty Roberts the Horse Sense and Healing Team. Ann-Marie was specifically awards for her extraordinary efforts to assist veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress through Monty Roberts’ concepts and initiatives. Recipients also included Kelly Marks and IH Trainer Jim Goddard.
Additionally, Ann-Marie offers ridden instruction and is an accredited Level 1 Ride with your Mind coach with Mary Wanless.
Brynglas Equine was awarded the Best Horse Training Service Provider 2017 in the Welsh Enterprise Awards 2017.
A Q&A with IH Trainer Ann-Marie Marik
(The Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine)
How long have you been involved with horses?
Having pestered my Mum for several years my 6th birthday present was a lesson at our local riding school. I was hooked immediately. I was incredibly fortunate to have my first pony, a very cheeky Section A called Woodstock, at the age of 8; and I spent most of my childhood show jumping at a national level.
Why did you decide to qualify as a Recommended Trainer?
In 2003 a very gorgeous mare, called Shelley, decided that my experience with horses needed to be broadened. Her behavioural issues definitely challenged me, I had to learn a different way of working with her.
The IH courses were perfect, teaching me the skills I needed to make progress with Shelley. An opportunity to relocate and change my career came in 2006. Becoming a Recommended Trainer was a natural progression for me and has given me the chance to use this new skill set to benefit others.
What’s important to you when you see an owner and their horse for the first time?
To understand the existing relationship between owner and horse and try to explore what the issues really are. This can be very different from what the owner perceives them to be. For me it is also important to assess the skill set of the owner to ensure that I am not taking them too much outside their comfort zones
What are the common challenges you face in your work as an RT?
I do find that people’s expectations on how quickly issues can be resolved can be very unrealistic. A fair number of the issues I am asked to help with relate to poor or insufficient basic training of the horse or pony involved; usually not by the existing owner. To progress with these issues can mean going back and covering that missing training which can take time. The expectation of how much time, effort and change the owner needs to invest in the issue can also be conservative. I love an owner who realises they may be the biggest part of the issue!!!!
IH Trainer Ann-Marie Marek aka Brynglas Equine is based in Lampeter.