Mary Jo Zanolli
CEC Instructor

Mary Jo began riding over 25 years ago- beginning at an area 4H horse club, moving on to the open horse show circuit, and then a local eventing barn. Specializing in dressage for the last 15 years she has worked with several top trainers including Jennifer Baumert, Sarah Geikie, and most recently Beth Baumert. Currently she has a 7 year old Hanoverian mare she bought as a 10 week old filly, started herself, and hopes to eventually compete with at the FEI level. 

In winter of 2016 MJ and Ella spent 6 weeks in Wellington FL on a scholarship from The Dressage Foundation to work with USDF instructor/faculty member Annie Morris. In 2017 they returned to FL for season, working with USDF instructor/judge Jennifer Sappington Truett. MJ found both experiences invaluable both to her partnership with her mare Ella, and also to her training system for her CEC students back home. 

With 20 years teaching experience – Mary Jo specializes in teaching beginner and intermediate riding lessons for all ages. Her strong dressage background helps her focus on both developing a rider’s seat and balance and improving the horse’s ability to balance and work correctly.  Her enthusiasm for teaching and the relationships she establishes with her students helps riders to progress confidently through their lessons. 

Mary Jo enjoys working with students to achieve various goals- from improving dressage tests, to learning to work over small courses, to improving a horse and riders ability to work together in sync. A detailed list of programs available for riders of all ages and experience levels can be found here:

Mary Jo can be contacted at or 860-752-3964.

 Mary Jo Zanolli

Contact: Athene von Hirschberg

860.942.3942 (Athene); 860.742.1900 (Barn) 

220 Talcott Hill Rd.Coventry, CT, 06238