ABOUT

FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES

University of Equestrian Arts

HI, I'M MARIA SMITH

Owner & Trainer at UofEA

Everything you see in UofEA is the culmination of a diverse 35+ year career that's included training horses & riders in multiple disciplines, rehabilitating problem horses, starting young horses, coaching national level competitors, saddle fitting, equine body work, natural hoof trimming, as well as being a personal mastery coach.

Although I was competing heavily with horses at the national level in my 20’s and early 30’s, my career shifted toward developing young horses, behavioral problem-solving, and mentoring young trainers. I'm passionate about "creating positive change" more than "winning", although I still love to watch my students compete.

In addition to a lifetime of building equestrian skills, I trained extensively in martial arts. I was really drawn to the fact that it demanded a high level of personal mastery, just like horsemanship. Martial Arts deepened my understanding of the fact that you can't separate the mind, emotions, body, and energy... and all of them act in concert when we're in a flow state doing what we love. Training at a high level on any subject is the act of balancing those qualities.

That wisdom & perspective gave me insights that aren't often taught in the very "mechanical" horse world, and it became the foundation for the system of horsemanship that I teach now.

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THE MISSION

Of University of Equestrian Arts

Is to be a trusted resource for compassionate, evidence-based training that applies to ALL horses & riders and can be used to improve the results of any training program. That's right! Even if you're following another training program, the principles and methods taught in UofEA will make the exercises you do EVEN BETTER!

That's because the UofEA curriculum is built on the UNIVERSAL TRUTHS of horsemanship that come from the most current scientific evidence and the laws of nature, like bio-mechanics & behavior. This allows us to consistently get excellent results with the least effort.

People often comment on how much of it is common sense, which makes it a very user-friendly program. 

More than anything, University of Equestrian Arts is here to help spread game-changing knowledge & inspiration, so that more people are able to confidently break away from the outdated traditions of dominating horses, and experience the MAGIC of a truly connected partnership with horses.

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WHY UNIVERSITY OF EQUESTRIAN ARTS?

LEADING EDGE INFORMATION

We won't frustrate you & your horse by teaching you things that don't work just because that's the way everyone else has done it since the dark ages.

REAL RESULTS WITHOUT FORCE

Our training philosophy is based on kindness, respect, communication, connection, motivational psychology, and healthy optimized athletic movement.

BASED ON UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES

Know that what we teach will support any goals you have on any type of horse in any riding discipline.  That's the beauty of training according to principles, instead of trying to force one set of techniques to work for all horses & riders. 

SOUND, ATHLETIC, FREE-MOVING HORSES

By removing fear and mechanical force from training, a horse's body is able to become, free from tension, balanced, sound, and perform to their fullest athletic potential.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...

UofEA OPERATES OUT OF PARKERMAN STABLES

Conveniently Located Between Springdale and Fayetteville, AR

Parkerman Stables Offers:

  • Covered Arena for All-Weather Lessons

  • Large Open Space Outdoor Arena

  • Small Enclosed Outdoor Arena

  • 60' - Round Pen with Sand Footing

  • Working Equitation Obstacles & Jumps

  • Walking/Riding Trails Throughout the Farm

  • Climate Controlled - Lounge, Kitchen & Restrooms


NWA Stables

3100 Oakland Zion Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72703

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