Mark Russell

“Maestro”, as many of Mark’s students fondly called him, was killed in a riding accident on June 12th, 2016. The accident occurred during a ‘perfect storm’ of some variables that came to pass at that moment in time. Mark was known to those that are qualified to judge, as one of the world’s best horsemen. However Mark would consistently argue this point adding that he had much to learn on his journey.

After his departure Mark had signaled to a friend who was open to hearing him, that his “work here on Earth was done”. Another friend later shared that it was “only beginning”. It is in this spirit that I, Mark’s wife, student of 15 years, partner, and ally, will work to assure Mark’s teachings do not die with his physical body. This will take some time and some concentrated work. Updates will be posted on the News page and Mark’s Facebook page. This website will be maintained as is posthumously, and will undergo changes as they come along. ∼ Hela Russell October 2nd, 2016

Mark Russell is the consummate horseman. It is sometimes difficult to describe the depth and breadth of his understanding of the horse. Evidence of it emerges when one watches him approach the horse. A subtle communication, a touch on the neck, or as one student stated of her horse: “she just melted in his hand”. One would think that is the beginning, but for Mark, the connection developed some time before the rest of us noticed.

A master of equine biomechanics, a former student of Master Oliveira, a practitioner of the nearly forgotten Classical Teachings of the past, an expert in and occasional critic of current Natural Horsemanship constructs, a beneficiary of the wisdom of Tai-Chi; all scratch the surface of Mark’s knowledge. His layers of experience and insights seemed never-ending and even to the end he continued as a perpetual student of the human and horse.

For Mark, each path deepened the understanding of the other. Mark was unique indeed; his quiet energy, his calm demeanor, his wealth of knowledge, all expressed while he taught both horse and rider making him a popular teacher and clinician.

Mark Russell’s credits included authoring the highly acclaimed book “Lessons in Lightness: the Art of Educating the Horse”, he had recently released his first training DVD “Lessons in Lightness: Building the Horse’s Foundation In Hand”, he is featured in the DVD “Riding with Chi: Your Pathway to Energy Mastery”, and he has been featured in a variety of equine journals.rSolaTrotLsml
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