Rein Dance is proud to offer two very talented and accomplished trainers. Alisa and Mary work well together and have similar riding and teaching styles which help all customers work towards similar goals. They offer lessons and training rides Tuesday- Sunday. Here are their Bios!
Mary Skarsten (414) 828-9359
After taking a break to start a family, Mary Skarsten (formerly Jacobson) is excited to be back at Rein Dance Farm. Mary rode and trained for Rein Dance from 1998 through 2006. As a child, Mary grew up on a farm riding and showing in 4-H on the local circuit. She started riding with owner Chris Lagan at age 17 and after several years of working as a student, coaching and training at the local level, she found her home at Rein Dance Farm. Now that Mary has returned, she is ready to continue doing what she does best, taking riders from the Short Stirrup ring to the next level. Whether your goals are from the Ponies to Children’s Hunter, Jr. Hunters, Equitation Medals or the Jumpers, Mary has done them all. Working with ponies are her specialty and she will admit she is slightly obsessed with them. Several students that started and rode in the program with Mary at Rein Dance went on to become successful professionals and colleagues in the Hunter/Jumper world.
No one is more familiar with the program at Rein Dance than Mary. Her passion and understanding of both horse and rider will help continue building the well-rounded family atmosphere present at Rein Dance Farm.
Bonnie Bowman (757) 589-8223
Bonnie studied at the British Horse Society in Millbrook, New York and at the Yorkshire Riding Centre in England. She returned with the experience of being a working student under 2 olympians, international competitions, and certifications in riding, barn management and teaching. Now, as a professional in the industry for 13 years she has taken students and their horses through all levels of competition up to and including the National level.Her approach to teaching is both enthusiastic and soft. She enjoys learning how an individual learns and then combines that with her knowledge of how the horse learns to create a confident and successful team. She believes in strong fundamentals based in equitation, contact and consistency that builds a partnership between the horse and rider. Thus allowing every pair to achieve their goals and enhance his/her equestrian experience, making every ride and trip to the barn an enjoyable one.