"It feels like a dream now that we have achieved this milestone"
US born Marne grew up on cattle ranches in Oregon, Montana, Wyoming. She was on a horse as soon as she could sit up. Later she hunted, show jumped and played polo. A latecomer to dressage, Marne started in 2003 when her husband took a job in the Netherlands and they moved to Europe. Her second horse Escobar, took her to Grand Prix. Marne also rode the up and coming SPS Royal Coeur in the 6 year old World Championships in 2011, the only amateur to ever compete there! Marne is now breeding other future dressage horses. She says, "I take a portfolio approach breeding or buying a number of foals and then sorting through them at three and again at five years of age".
"Horses are the link to my childhood" she says, and almost nothing makes me happier than forming a partnership with the horses to create successful results. I love dressage and switched to it because even as a good lifelong rider, in dressage perfection is always ahead of you. I love the striving and working to be better with your horse. Marne is an MBA graduate and travels the world as a public company executive.
All the horses are bred by Marne and her husband Mike, with the exception of Royal Coeur.
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Marne has received many accolades for her performances in the ring. Whether it is sharing her horses with others or riding herself, there are many accolades to be shared:
Who Has Marne Trained With?
"I have been very fortunate to have had the chance to learn from so many talented professionals and utilize key teachings from those lessons to incorporate into my riding".
In Europe, Marne has worked with:
- Jurgen Koschel, Carl Hester, Bimbo Pieleke, Ferdi Eilberg, Markus Gribbe, Jurgen Hoffmann, and the Fiechter sisters.
In the United States, Marne has worked with:
"It feels like a dream now that we have achieved this milestone."
Marne has worked very hard to achieve some notable accomplishments throughout her Dressage career.
In Marne's own words, "we all need to dream a little, set goals, and then see what happens - even if others think we are a little crazy". One of the unique features of Marne's program is that she is a fully active participant in the training and care of her horses. As an amateur, she is successfully training her own horses with regular lessons using top trainers and clinicians.
USDF Bronze and Silver Medal
Marne has received a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze and silver medal, and she is on the way to a U.S. gold medal.
This rider award is based strictly on the scores the rider achieves over time. Marne's scores have qualified her with these honors.
USDF All Breeds GOV Divisions with Dante Coeur and SPS Royal Coeur
Marne won the USDF All Breeds GOV divisions with Dante Coeur; Champion 3-year old colt and gelding materiale, Reserve Champion in hand. Also, SPS Royal Coeur - Intermediare 1 freestyle champions (Royal Coeur was the AA fourth level champion last year). Dante Coeur was the Reserve National Champion in that same category and SPS Royal Coeur was third in the country overall in that same division.
Marne Elizabeth Martin-Tucker turned her first show back in the U.S. after a European sojourn a winning one as she won the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider award at the Gold Coast Dressage Association Fall Fling on November 10-11, 2012 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.