Alexandra Maracic, trainer and owner of Amara Equestrian, was born and raised on Long Island. At the age of 9, she began competing with a heavy focus on the equitation, while catch riding both hunters and jumpers for a number of top professionals. Starting her equitation career at the age of 11, she competed at seven Maclay Regionals, Medal Finals, and Maclay Finals. She also competed at 5 USET Finals, which led her to a Silver Medal for a consecutive number of wins. In 2013, she placed fourth at the USEF Medal Finals and her top mount at the time, Zjappoo Sow, was awarded Best Equitation Horse. Her resume includes placings from the major equitation finals to the international Grand Prix level. More recently, she was 5th in the OSF 2* NY Welcome Stake, double clear and 9th in the 2* Grand Prix, 8th in the 3* 1.50m and won the Princeton National Grand Prix aboard Amara Equestrian owned, Conventa.
She has trained under many renowned professionals including but not limited to Ross Reisner and Kalyn Fogarty, WCHR Scott Stewart and Ken Berkely, Andre Dignelli, Valerie Renihan and Two Time Olympian Daniel Bluman.
Today, Maracic spends her time between East Norwich, the Hamptons and Wellington, Fl. She focus’ on her riding, training and sales horses. Since working alongside Matthew Sassmannshausen since 2016, the two have taken horses and riders from the short stirrup championship, up to the equitation finals, young horse championships and National/ International Grand Prix. With major experience in both the hunters and jumpers, Maracic prides herself in producing the next generation of the sport.
Mattew grew up on his family owned Kinvarra Farm, which is located just outside of Chicago. He started is competition career in the pony hunters before moving his career to the jumper ring. Following his junior career working and riding at home, he spent two years under Missy Clark and John Brennan at the prestigious North Run. Spending the Summers in Vermont and Winters in Wellington, Matthew competed, prepared, and managed some of the countries winningest hunters, jumpers, and equitation horses.
In 2016, he began pursuing the sports top level of Show Jumping and started working along side Olympian Daniel Bluman of Bluman Equestrian. As a competition rider and manager, he has helped produced and taken riders and horses from the junior/amateur ring, up to the 5* international level. He spent summers in Spruce Meadows and Europe, where he learned from the greats of our sport. Matthew himself has successfully competed in the young jumper divisions, as well as up to the National Grand Prix level. He cares for proper horsemanship and development of young horses.