Ariana Sakaris

Ariana’s journey with horses began at the young age of 5 years old, where she became fascinated with horses and the interactions humans share with them. This led her into a lifelong passion of learning and growing, both in her horsemanship and in her own personal life. 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 Young Horse Development, with a special focus on Weanling & Yearling education. She is beginning to offer in-depth online training, mentorship, and support. 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 to grow a greater acceptance of people and animals worldwide.

Ariana Sakaris

Ariana’s 2022 Presentations

Confidence Building with Rescue Horses - 19 min. 20 sec. Day 1 Horsemanship

Ariana works with 2  Recently Rescued Horses from "Horses Without Humans Rescue Organization." She demonstrates how to build their confidence by helping them learn internal regulation skills. She also discusses the importance of taking those skills outside of their normal work area!

Releasing Tension in the Neck with Rescue Horses & a Dutch Warmblood - 19 min 8 sec. Day 2 Horsemanship 

Ariana works with 2  Recently Rescued Horses from "Horses Without Humans Rescue Organization" and a Dutch Warmblood, teaching them how to release tension by lowering their head and neck. She also discusses how to effectively use treats in this process!

Catching a Hard to Catch Horse - 21 min. 23 sec. Day 2 Horsemanship

Ariana works with 2 rescue horses recently surrendered to "Horses Without Humans Rescue Organization," and another horse that had issues around being caught in the pasture. She shares her insight into how to use your energy, focus, and intention to best help these horses.