I do not offer school horses. Lessons and training for riders on their own horse. I work with all breeds of horses, and riders from age 12 on up who wish to persue Dressage as a better form of communication and balance. Also available for Dressage competitions thru the National level.
I think Molly’s being open to coaching a barrel racer is a cool example of her strength in thinking out of the box to come up with innovative performance solutions. Her training has been great across the board including some areas I had been underinvesting such as core strengthening, collection and balance
Molly’s most senior rider, both in age and years with her. Molly has helped me attain some goals with my riding that I never dreamed were possible. The first year with her, which was also my first full year in the show ring, I went from a shaky start to finishing with a win at 2nd level at the Cascade Championships. She continued to train me through 4th level with the same horse, which she had selected as a good match for me. My current horse was previously a hunter and she has helped me to bring him through 3rd level successfully. Along the way, I earned two All Breeds awards, one for Swedish Warmblood Registry and the other for Oldenburg Division GOV. Molly’s knowledge is never ending and she continues to amaze with how much she puts into the welfare of every horse in her barn. Being retired allows me to spend many hours at the barn and I can truly state that honesty and integrity are what keep me coming back for more.
Unlike most I started riding as an adult, buying myself lessons, borrowing rides, and half leasing horses. In 2014 I bought my first horse, a failed lesson pony who I dearly loved but who had her share of issues and difficulties. I wish I’d found Molly sooner, we could have saved ourselves a lot of heartache and this newbie horse owner a lot of missteps. Molly is incredibly patient, teaching me not just what to do, but why. She has helped me see so much more potential in my horse and in my self than I thought possible. Molly isn’t the sort of coach who tells you what you want to hear, she says what you need to hear.
Horses have been my passion since growing up on a farm in eastern Washington. I have been a fan of the Morgan breed most of my adult life and currently own Fancy, a bay Morgan mare. After more than 20 years showing Hunter Pleasure rail classes, my focus turned to dressage. I have ridden with Molly Martin at Five C Farms for over three years. I have appreciated Molly’s vast knowledge of the dressage discipline and particularly appreciate the patience she has shown in working with both Fancy and me. I am a more mature rider and turned to dressage later in life, so Molly has had her hands full redirecting some habits not particularly complimentary to the dressage discipline. I look forward to moving on to Second level this year and am excited to progress under Molly’s tutelage.
I believe very strongly that a balanced rider has the most influence on the horses way of going.
I continually seek out instruction/education for myself in all aspects of horse ownership as well as my riding and teaching education
Yes. Individual lessons are $75. Package prices get down as low as $50/day.
I started teaching because so many people were asking me for my help.
I work with 4-H, Pony Club, Beginners thru Grand Prix, including Instructors. I give clinics at other barns as well. All riders must have their own horse.
I love going to the World Cup.
Take lessons from someone who has trained numerous riders and horses to the Grand Prix.
Be honest with yourself about what your goals and expectations are. If you are a recreational rider who just wants to hang out, or if you are a very competitive person who wants to imerse yourself in the sport, know that before deciding on who you will train with.