Instructor Spotlight: Mary Hayes

Mary Hayes

Mary Hayes is an Equine Theory and Technique instructor at D’Arcy Lane. She has taught management and behavior in the past. Mary exudes passion and dedication to her profession. She is known by the staff and students for her always positive and friendly demeanor.  

The following a biography of Mary from her website:

“Mary Hayes was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She began riding at the age of 6 at the well known Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers. Early on she developed a huge passion and love for horses as well as a drive to compete. When she was 11, she attended her first horse show and was instantly hooked. Mary has since competed throughout the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and Florida. In 2008, Mary competed at the Royal Winter Fair on her current horse “Custom K” in the Adult Amateurs, receiving very good scores. The pair have competed in the Amateur Owners and up to the 1.20m jumpers having great success. She continues to compete regularly on the Ontario ‘A’ circuit. Having a strong background in competition, Mary focuses on hunters and jumpers on the Ontario ‘A’ circuit, striving to enhance her client’s performance abilities.

Mary has a strong belief that the body, both human and equine, has the ability to heal itself without the aid of medication, as long as it’s given chance to do so. Having suffered a knee injury when she was 18, Mary experienced a wide variety of treatments with not much success. It was when by chance she tried massage therapy, that only after a couple of treatments she was pain free for the first time in a couple of years. It was then that Mary decided that she wanted to be able to do the same thing for horses and applied to D’Arcy Lane School of Equine Massage Therapy in London Ontario. In 2009, Mary moved from Halifax to London and attended D’Arcy Lane and fell in love with the program instantly. She graduated in 2011 and began practicing as a Registered Equine Massage Therapist. While Mary was studying in the Equine program, she realized that she wanted to combine both Equine and Human massage therapy together in her practice. She returned to the school in the fall of 2011, taking the second year of the Human massage program, graduating in 2012. She has been practicing as a Registered Massage Therapist since Jan 2013 at a Chiropractic Clinic in London Ontario.

Mary’s future goal for her practice would be to travel to horse shows to work on horses and their riders, helping them achieve their top performance level, prevent injury/ aid in injury recovery and help educate and promote a healthy and active lifestyle to her clients.”

Please visit Mary’s website, to learn more about her practice and massage therapy services.