Maribeth Dunlap Dressage

"I have been an adult amateur student of Maribeth's for about 6 months since moving to Pennsylvania.  Having ridden dressage for 14 years with various instructors I can attest to Maribeth's "eye" and knowledge of gymnasticizing exercises and dressage movements that will benefit my horse. She has the ability to explain what it is she is asking us to do and can break down the movements, if needed.  My horse and I are certainly progressing under her guidance and having fun at the same time!"

Cynthia Hartinger

Centre Hall, PA


"I have ridden with many different instructors with various styles and methods.  I was so impressed with Maribeth's ability to utilize traditional/classical and more modern concepts in her teaching style in a progressive way which was so logical.  She got me to ride outside my comfort zone with my difficult horse and show me what he and I are capable of with the right focus in our warm up!  I was so impressed watching her with our students of largely different abilities finish their lessons glowing with success, learning exercises that were perfectly challenging for them to execute without frustrations.  Her kind and positive demeanor was refreshing and uplifting.  I look forward to her clinics for myself and all of our clients."

Jennifer Greshko

Plum Ridge Academy Inc.

Nescopeck, PA


"Testimonials for Maribeth attest to her excellence in teaching students and expertise in training dressage horses. As an adult amateur who has ridden dressage for 20 years and has trained with various American and European trainers, I can attest that Maribeth is both of those things. She is also an excellent farm owner who understands horses nutritional needs, physical health, and psychological well-being. Her clients horses receive superior care, regardless of their breeding, age, or talent. Her business is impeccably run - excellent footing in the indoor and outdoor arenas; clean, dry stalls that are picked frequently and have appropriate bedding; roomy paddocks with good water and shade; beautifully-managed grounds; quality farrier, vet, and dental care. Finally, her professional communication skills make her one of best in the dressage business. Thank you, Maribeth!"

Mya Poe, Ph.D. 

State College, PA 

Boston, MA


"Maribeth was the first person to introduce me to dressage several years ago. Since then, I have worked with many people, but Maribeth remains one of my favorite teachers. Her unique style of teaching is positive, patient, and effective. Perhaps my favorite of Maribeth’s qualities is her ability to face every problem in many different ways. For my horse, who was locked both physically and mentally, her ability to break through to him in a kind and soft way was the key to overcoming obstacles that we had been facing for a very long time. Maribeth teaches dressage not only as a sport, but as an art form– light, harmonious, fluid, and beneficial to the horse. She is able to break things down into manageable pieces, and then helps the rider to use these pieces to see the bigger picture and to see how their work today will help to build their future. I could never thank Maribeth enough for what she has done for my horse and for my riding!"

Kathleen Pierce

Abbottstown, PA


"I’ve been a student of Maribeth’s since 2010. What I enjoy most about working with her is the positive and persistent approach she takes to teaching. Her tone is always encouraging, yet she pushes me to achieve more, frequently saying, “Let’s raise your expectations.” She’s also a position master and has helped fine-tune my seat to be more balanced, secure, and effective. My pony, Macaroni, and I can see our riding continuing to improve every day as a result of our hard work and guidance from Maribeth. Thank you Maribeth!!"

Emily Izer

Greencastle, PA


"Who would have thought that I would ever have people responding so viscerally to a dressage ride? Not I, for sure. However, I hear comments like, “beautiful”, or “brought me to tears” after a Musical Freestyle developed in a clinic with Maribeth. She was able to help me (who, btw, cannot carry a tune) and develop the choreography and musical phrasing, seem easy and flow so seamlessly. My criteria were not so simple – I wanted a high degree of difficulty, but it had to be easy to remember. She does have the knack to break these complex processes down to understandable concepts for even the most “Left brain” rider. 5 star review!"
Kilian Brech

State College, PA


"I am a returning older rider who feels privileged to call Maribeth her friend. In her friendship, I have found the support & encouragement to overcome many obstacles that customarily plague riders in my situation. I have found a positive attitude coupled with positive action and follow-through, a generous spirit that advises, shares knowledge, & guides anyone who wants to learn, & I've found the best example in Maribeth as she is constantly satisfying her love of learning through whatever means available to her. She lives & breathes classical dressage, for to her, not only is it the art of horsemanship, but it is a way of life, incorporating the principles of balance, rhythm, straightness, & flexibility into her everyday thinking and actions. If you want a good role model for yourself or your young daughter as a horsewoman, or if you want to work with your horse in a way you never have before, Maribeth will help you be your very best."

Cathryn McGonigal 

Pleasant Gap, PA