Dr. Maria Katsamanis has received worldwide recognition as a horse trainer, clinician, exhibition rider, and author.
With a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, Dr. Maria uses her education as a clinical scientist to help demystify and explain the elements of the magical formula that are key in establishing the ultimate connection with our horses.
Dr. Maria's background in biofeedback and psychophysiology is central to her training approach, “Molecular Equitation,” examines the connection between horse and rider on a molecular level and focuses on improving such basic elements as balance and relaxation, muscle formation, and breathing behavior to dissipate physical blocks and facilitate communication.
Her explanations melt away the barriers and myths that so commonly block communication between horse and rider, so that anyone, regardless of age, breed, or discipline, can create magic with their horses.
Dr. Maria is known around the world for book, The Alchemy of Lightness, and is highly regarded for her work with the rare Marwari horses.
A highly sought-after clinician both in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Maria uses her career in transforming horses and creating soundness in non-profit, Friends For Pegasus, which she founded in 2016 with the mission of rehabilitating "hopeless" horses.
Maria's work has been featured in publications including Dressage Today, Holistic Horse, Sidelines News, Horsetalk NZ, and interviewed by the likes of Jane Savoie.
With a formal education as a clinical scientist, Dr. Maria's clinical research has been clinical research has been published in Academic Journals, including Biological Psychology, Psychosomatics, & Applied Psychophysiology and Feedback.
Dr. Maria uses her research background to demystify and explain the scientific elements of the horse + human formula where magic occurs - translating abstract concepts into practical terms and actions that every horse lover can use to establish the ultimate connection with their horses.
In addition to her non-profit work, rehabilitating horses through her Friends for Pegasus & supporting Veterans through equine-assisted therapy, Dr. Maria maintains an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Medical School.