Maggie McGuire knew from a very young age that horses were in her blood. She gathered a great deal of experience during her early years by being a working student for Edith Master, US Dressage Team Olympic Rider in Chester, NJ. Her thirst for riding filled her years as a competitor in many disciplines such as hunters, jumpers, eventing, western, and dressage. After receiving her degree in Equine Science from Agricultural and Technical State University in Delhi NY, she went on to work as a head trainer in barns such as Babylon Riding Academy, Sweet Hills Riding Academy, and Caumsett Equestrian Center. Maggie went on to become an instructor for the Board of Co-operative Education at the New York Equine Science Course at the State University of New York in Old Westbury.
Finding that she thoroughly enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others, Maggie decided to make the move to Germany, where she was determined to become a riding instructor- Reit Stall Sulzbach, through a program in Germany responsible for instruction of American ex-patriots living in overseas. During her time in the program, Maggie received her Amateurs and Reitwart German FEI certification, allowing her to train horses and riders in Germany (for Dressage and Jumping). She apprenticed, for two years, under great names such as Stefan Langer Head Bereiter, Reit Stall Ebervine, Ruppertshein, earning valuable experience in teaching, riding, stable management, and care. This led her to not only graduate the program, but also receive highest marks in Stable Management and Horse Care.
Maggie made great use of all her skills when she returned to the US. She became the owner and operator of Avalon Farms in Bluffton, South Carolina, where she specialized in training and re training of extreme problem horses with past training, mental and physically dysfunctional issues. There she trained many riders and horses in the disciplines of Dressage, Jumping, Endurance, Eventing and Pleasure, many of whom were highly competitive in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida.
Maggie also made sure to keep her own riding as much a part of her life as possible. While in Germany, she passed tests that allowed her to compete nationally in both dressage and jumping. Upon her return to the US, she competed at the Pro levels in dressage in Wellington, Florida during the Dressage Festivals for over a decade. She used the opportunities to personally train and sell 12 horses, who competed at the National Dressage levels through FEI levels.
At the present, Maggie acts as a sales representative for Bemer, company based in Lichtenstein and Germany, which manufactures Vasculation improvement systems for horses. She continues teaching as a freelance trainer, instructor and clinician specializing in introduction of basic and historically recognized methods of training for the modern horse, rider and competitor of all equine related disciplines. She specializes in the training of Amateur riders and horses with existing problems related to fear, lack of confidence and /or training issues. Maggie also acts as a private consultant for horse purchases, especially with the suitability of horse and new owners. She is a private consultant for improvement of barn management, land use, operating costs as well as feeding programs for pleasure, work and sport horses. Having acquired her license as an Equine Appraiser with the American Society of Equine Appraisers, Maggie specializes in International and FEI level sport horses. Her line of work also allows her to be involved in cases of insurance, asset determinations and allocations, Equine legal matters, divorce and losses due to physical ailments or loss of use cases.
Each and every day, Maggie makes horses and the people who love them a part of her life. Her vast knowledge and experience gives her the unique ability to not only give a wholesome riding education, but also connect riders and their horses through technique, communication, and a deep understanding for the horse psyche. She is an active member of the USEF (United States Equestrian Foundation), USDF (United States Dressage Foundation), USET (United States Equestrian Team), and NSOLEA (National Society of Licensed Equine Appraisers). She actively trains several intermediate riders including an FEI rider, who is on her way to compete in this year’s Dressage at Devon.