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Skillern - Horse Trainer - Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK

Marisa Skillern

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, UK


I've grown up with horses so it's 2nd nature.
Extremely organised, so turn out nicely like my horses.
Reliable, there's no job too difficult, never walk away from work unfinished.
Management and communication skills are of high level. I'm a qualified Auditor and have worked in Customer Service and as a Team Leader within one of the biggest banks in the world being HSBC.


Horse Trainer


Moved to Barcelona in 2002.
Backed/Trained and competed PRE/Arab/Qtr horses.
Trained with Victor Alvarez (C.A.V.A) Olympic Team Medalist (Dressage).
Returned to Britain 2011.

Work History

Freelance Trainer/Instructor

Horse and Stable Management

. Teach all aspects of Horse and Stable Management
. Train/Re-school Horses of all levels be it Backing/Basics/Problematic or Dressage
. Compete Nationally/Internationally In Hand/Dressage
. Competition assistance
. International Sales


Edinburgh and Lasswade Riding Centre

. Teach complete Beginners to Advanced riders, aged from 3 upwards.
. Instruct Group lessons/Restricted lessons/Private lessons.
. Escort on Hacks/Treks.
. Train and bring on ponies/horses from 4 years upwards.
. Lateral work/Dressage/Jumping/Games.
. Organise and hold courses.
. Assist in the general running of the stables and bookings.

Stable Manager/Head Trainer

C.A.V.A Cardedeu

. Organise travel/accommodation and schedules for competitors/grooms/family and horses.
. Back/bring on Horses from 2 years upwards. In hand/Ridden. Basic/Grand Prix level.
. Compete in Confirmation and Dressage.
. Run the day to day business. Staff Schedules/Horse Training/Teaching/Lessons/Stud/Sales and Customer
. Organise Courses/Competitions.
. Transport horses Internationally/Nationally.

Instructor/Assistant Trainer/Interpreter

Hipica Llerona

. Create Staff/Horse Training and Lesson schedules.
. Teach Natural Horsemanship/complete Beginner riders to PRE St George.
. Back/bring on Horses from 2 years upwards. In Hand/Ridden. Basic/PRE St George level.
. Organise flights/accommodation/travel for clients visiting the Stud.
. Interpreter.
. Clinic/Course/Competition/Parade organiser.
. Complete paperwork for movement of horses: International Sales/Competitions/Spectaculars.
. Veterinary assistant.
Personal Statement

. Key Team Player
. Producer of high results whilst working under pressure.
. High organisational skills.
. Efficient.
. Self-motivated.
. Dedicated.
. Determined.
. Enthusiastic.
. Problem Solver.
. Positive thinker.
. Thrive on Challenges.

Courses Attended/Achievements
Galopes 1-7 (All aspects of Caring and Maintenance of Horses, with Instruction.)
Natural Horsemanship - Pirelli.
Leading and Managing People.


Trueno 13

Trueno 13 AKA Nilo 7 yo boisterous PRE Stallion with a habit of rearing. With a complete change in his training programme the rearing eventually came to a stop and we were able to train this horse up to doing flying changes and even a bit of piaffe, much to everyone's shock, as he was in fact said to not be 'of good quality'. Goes to show you never know what you have until you try.


In Barcelona PRE mares were originally bred for breeding/competing but not for riding.
In the following photos I have 2 yo Seni Zurita gorgeous black PRE mare, 2 yo Seni Zafada beautiful Dark Bay PRE mare and finally 3 yo Roma Z stunning Liver Chestnut PRE mare.
All 3 horses I had as fillies and were trained for morfologic competitions which led on to them all being backed and now being used to compete in Classical Dressage with their new owners.
Our stables was the first to start backing PRE mares and that's where the trend started. All 10 PRE mares at the stables were backed bought on and sold.


Iza was one of my young and extremely small students who started with me at 7yo. Adorable girl who had that special understanding of horses. In the photo she's on one of my PRE Stallion's and I wouldn't put just anyone (that tiny/inexperienced) on such a powerful horse. Even though her legs only just reached the horses sides she still managed to do shouldering in and leg yielding. Wonderful quiet rider who is now competing and training with one of my friend's/Trainer's.


Certero was a 3 yo PRE Stallion who was brought to our stables straight from the mountains. He was wild.
In the photo you see him going out on his first ever parade '3 Tombs' he was still rather green and his brakes weren't quite up to par but he was so well behaved much to his owner's delight.


3 yo PRE Stallion was bought by an American lady who lives in Ascot. This young horse was left with us for a month so he could be brought on.
The photo is of me and my 2nd cousin visiting him in his new British home with his very proud owner.

Qualifications & Certifications


English Literature/English Language/Mathematics/Geography/Design

Ingatestone Anglo European School

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