Ariana’s journey with horses began at the young age of 5 years old. Her story started at a local riding facility in Greece, where she instantly became fascinated with horses and the interactions humans share with them. These early experiences quickly developed into a powerful lifelong passion to learn and grow as much as possible, both in her horsemanship and also in her own personal life.
She started learning with rescue horses at a local riding school in Maryland, then proceeded to train for several years as a teenager under an Olympic Coach. There came a point however, where she realized there was a missing link. She kept realizing the biggest thing that mattered to her above all else, was what the horses eyes saw in her, and whether they really wanted to be with her once the halter and tack was removed.
This realization awakened a powerful journey. She dove deeper than ever into learning the art of liberty training and dressage. She committed many years to traveling both within the U.S. and overseas to gain valuable hands on experience, and to be mentored by world renowned professionals. She has trained with several respected USDF Gold Medalists in Dressage, spent time overseas learning about Classical Dressage, and spent time learning from greatly valued Horsemanship and Liberty professionals. These experiences helped her gain valuable insight into the love, patience and compassion that goes into bringing horses and people to a point of better understanding both on the ground and in the saddle.
She is known for her calm, patient, and empathetic approach when she works with horses, and also with the humans that accompany them. She has a commitment to always bettering herself and a love of teaching and sharing her knowledge in a way that is relatable and mutually respectful to both the horse and human.
Ariana was awarded Reserve Champion with her mare “Mermaid” in the 2017 Midwest Horse Fair Star Search Competition, as well as with her mare “Wild Heart” in the 2017 Kentucky Extreme Mustang Makeover. She has given demonstrations at the National Mounted Police Colloquium and has been a clinician at the Midwest Horse Fair. She has also participated in performances alongside her mentors at events such as Breyerfest, the Denver Stock Show, and the U.S. Dressage Finals.
Ariana is currently based in the horse capital of Lexington, Kentucky with her mares “Mermaid” and “Wild Heart.” She teaches, trains, and travels for clinics, focusing on Dressage, Groundwork, Liberty, and Weanling & Yearling education. She is beginning to offer in-depth online training, mentorship, and support. Her latest project is an online course, “Understanding the Art of Groundwork and The Human Influence.” Her intention is to inspire and help people gain a better understanding of themselves and the connection they have with their horses. Her goal is that this connection helps grow a greater acceptance of people and animals worldwide.