Versatility is the key . . .


Mary Ruth Marks continually challenges herself and her horses, and loves to learn from all of her friends and mentors throughout the horse world.


Whether playing polo, hunting elk by horseback, shoeing her own horses, showing up to 4th level dressage, conducting clinics or just driving her single, pair, tandem or  four-in-hand for pleasure, Mary Ruth brings boundless enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge to all of her horse endeavors.   She is a born teacher who loves to share her experience with others. Hear what others have to say about her.

Mary Ruth was born in Jackson, Mississippi.  She took her first horse, Honey, with her to college at Ole Miss.  The Double D Ranch in Oxford, where she boarded Honey during college and trained thoroughbreds for Morris Lynch, is now owned by popular Mississippi author, John Grisham.  Her sister Barbara Harrison Stockett and husband George Harrison were instrumental in importing Russian Arabians into the United States.


After moving to Wisconsin, Mary Ruth founded the Dairyland Driving Club, served as president for its first 10 years, and remains active with the club today.  She is a lifetime member of the USEF, the Carriage Association of America, the American Driving Society, was a charter member of the Madison Polo Club and a past director of the Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association.

Mary Ruth is a registered judge with the American Driving Society, conducts seminars and driving clinics, has produced a successful driving video, authored a handbook on tandem driving and a coffee table dog book and is an instructor with Breyer College in teaching driving to students via and currently owns Equine Basics, an educational endeavor to provide solutions to horse owners throughout the region.


Mary Ruth has two adult children, Tom and Russell and a granddaughter Lillian.  She lives in Wisconsin and raises German Riding Ponies.

About Mary Ruth Marks

Mary Ruth Marks is a registered judge (“R”) with the American Driving Society.

She also has her Wisconsin 4-H judge’s card.

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