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  • Francesca Mazella

    Is she a good trainer? I saw an ad for her in the back of one of my local horse magazines advertising that she is available for free-lance lessons, but I've never heard of her being at any of the local shows or anything. I'm just kind of curious, because it would seem to me that a maclay winner would be seen around more? I've never heard anything about her or know of any of her students.
    "If we we couldn't laugh we'd all go insane, if we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane." ~Jimmy Buffet
    "Pursuing the life of my high-riding heroes I burned up my childhood days..."-Willie Nelson

  • #2
    Don't know anything about her as a trainer but she was an AMAZING rider as a junior....then she had a serious injury which probably has had her out of commission for awhile. I'd definitely try a lesson with her.


    • #3
      I worked with Francesca some over the winter. PM me if you want - it's too long for me to write here, hahaha.

      I think you don't see her at shows because while she is mobile to a degree, and can ride again, her mobility is certainly not what it was before her accident, and if something went wrong in a crowded area like an in-gate, she would not be able to get out of the way fast enough.
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      • #4
        I am just glad to hear that she is alive and able to resume a life that can bring her fulfillment!!!
        She was a star rider as a junior and then went on to work for, I believe, Peter Leone. It was there she had her accident. I believe this happened near abouts 1999?

        I would lesson with her if I had the chance...and I would ask her to sign her picture in my copy of Hunter Seat Equitation
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        • #5
          Yeahhhh, anyone who has their picture in George's book might be worth looking in to! LOL


          • #6
            I still have a picture of her over a jump, which I cut out from the Chronicle years ago and kept as an example of perfect form.
            Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.


            • #7

              your post is such an understatement, I was literally LOL.
              Last edited by KLS; Aug. 5, 2009, 10:23 PM. Reason: clarification


              • #8

                I am glad to hear that she is teaching and riding again.
                She's extremely gifted and I would recommend her to anyone.

                Her former equitation horse was leased to a rider at the barn where I boarded years ago...great horse!


                • #9
                  Great to know she's back in the sport. I wish her the very best. As a jr. she was the rider we all wanted to be - AMAZING. I wish I lived up there so I could lesson with her!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by War Admiral View Post
                    Great to know she's back in the sport. I wish her the very best. As a jr. she was the rider we all wanted to be - AMAZING. I wish I lived up there so I could lesson with her!
                    I am glad she is recovered enough to be back to the horse world! She was a much respected horseman and her accident was indeed a tragedy.


                    • #11
                      Nice person, too.

                      I was a clueless visitor to the hoity CT scene and wanted a place to keep my horse temporarily. She showed me around Lionshare and didn't flinch when I asked if I could groom and saddle my own horse.

                      When she introduced me to Peter, he asked her if I had been shown the elegant "club house" upstairs. She said no, but that I did have a question about working around the grooms in the groom stalls while things were busy.

                      She said to Peter: "This one wants to groom her own" and we all looked at each other. I knew I had come to the wrong place, but didn't feel dissed by either professional. We just all seemed to know that I was cut from an old skool cloth that they understood and respected.

                      Walking out later, she said she understood what I wanted and why I did. I'm grateful for the way she handled the situation and remember thinking that all was right in the world: Someone who rode as beautifully as she did also valued horsemanship and good manners.
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                      • #12
                        Correct me if I am wrong, but I remember reading that, as a junior, she kept her horses at home and hauled into Hunterdon for lessons, at least initially, and maintained their grooming standards from home. Her mom did a lot of the work also.
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                        • #13
                          There is a great article in the NY Times from a few years ago about her and her recovery.

                          "All life is precious"
                          Sophie Scholl


                          • #14
                            Thanks for posting that! I had such admiration for her as a junior and I wondered what had happened to her.
                            "Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?" Sun Tzu, The Art of War


                            • #15
                              Yes, Plum Creek, you're correct. Francesca kept horses at home and was as diligent in their care and turn out as if she had 10 grooms. Her standards were always high, for herself and others who rode with her. Her Mom helped out as well and I feel it was this dedication to excellence, extreme talent,staunch support system and training with the best of the best that made her the respected successful horsewoman she was and continues to be. You'll find no one to say anything negative about Francesca.If anyone has an opportunity to learn rom this rider, do so and love it!


                              • #16
                                Having known her for thirty plus years, since her pony days, all that has been stated here is correct and I can also add that she is a lovely person and has never changed no matter who she was with or where. She is a stand out for her elegance both in her physical carriage and her personality. And she always looked incredible on a horse. She is an outstanding individual-the accident could not have happened to a nicer person. No matter her current limitations, she will have something wonderful to offer you.


                                • #17
                                  I have always had an enormous respect and admiration for her- how awesome that she is back.

                                  Is she able to ride?
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                                  • #18
                                    I'm going to prep school in CT in September. Does anyone know what farm she is training out of and where it is located? I'm curious because I want to see how close it is to my school and if I could possibly ride with her.
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                                    • #19
                                      She's the best!

                                      I've been riding with Francesca for the last 3 years at her family's barn in Mt. Kisco, and she is the best trainer I've ever worked with. Despite the mobility issues she has as a result of her injury, her eye is still fantastic, and her horsemanship is as correct as ever. What makes Francesca really stand out, though, is that in addition to offering corrections for what you're doing wrong, she ALWAYS tells you when you get it right! It really builds one's confidence, and as someone who has struggled at times with fear, there is no substitute for hearing that you're on the right track. Francesca is 100% honest, and can really make any horse and/or rider blossom into their best self.

                                      I'm also lucky enough to watch Francesca ride pretty often, and to see her come back from her injury has been incredibly powerful. She also starting jumping again recently- if you're interested, there's a video here:

                                      If anyone is interested in connecting with Francesca for clinics, lessons, etc., please feel free to PM me.


                                      • #20
                                        This thread makes me happy. That Francesca is doing so well, and that people are so supportive.
                                        Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.