About the Founder
MARY LEE BRIGHTON
Founder, Director, Trainer, Facilitator
When anyone asks Mary Lee what it is that makes our programs so special and unique, she is quick to answer, “It’s our Mustangs.” All of us who are fortunate enough to work with her say, “It’s Mary Lee and our Mustangs.” It’s the magical relationship she has with the horses that shines through each program and through each and every one of the horses.
Mary Lee listens to everything the horses show her and she responds with respect and insight. Sometimes it seem as if she knows what the horses are going to do before they do.
Her technique of “Working the Edge” is the cornerstone of the Windhorse Teaching Model. Mastery of the technique requires impeccable timing, keen awareness, and empathetic observation. Mary Lee’s relationship and ability with the horses demonstrates her incredible talent in all of these areas.
Although a great deal of her talent is innate, she has complimented her gift with her experiences working with Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, George Morris, Bob McDonald, Peggy Cummings, Linda Tellington Jones and Peter Campbell. Additionally, she is quick to point out that her greatest teachers have been the wild horses.
She has devoted her life to teaching and to being a student of the horse. By the age of 18, Mary Lee had won two California State Championships in Western Horsemanship. While attending Fresno University, Mary Lee trained colts and soon became a professional horse trainer. Mary Lee is always asking the questions: “How can I help the horse do his job more easily?” and “What gets in the way?” She believes becoming a better observer and understanding the horse’s perspective has been a key in her success.
In 1988, Mary Lee opened her own equestrian center, Brighton Meadows, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The center specialized in hunt seat equitation and sponsored the Brighton Meadows Show Team. The team took top honors in Utah, California, Arizona, and Colorado. Show Team members were the equitation champions in Utah for over fifteen years and have qualified for and placed in national competitions. www.bmec-online.com
In 1996, Mary Lee adopted her first mustang from the BLM Wild Horse Adoption Program and wild horses have transformed her life. The mustang’s heart, keen awareness, intelligence and athletic abilities captivated her.
Mary Lee was chosen as one of a hundred top trainers in the United States to compete in the first Extreme Mustang Makeover competitions. She gentled her mustang without using “cowboy methods” roping, or another horse, to illustrate the willingness, intelligence, and natural ability of these incredible horses.
Mary Lee started teaching workshops and was profoundly impacted by the wisdom the mustangs have to share with the participants. Since then Mary Lee has founded Windhorse Relations™, and the Windhorse Mustang Herd has grown to 30 teachers. Her M.E.E.T. the Mustangs, Where Heart Meets Horse™, Workshops are expanding into a variety of fields and touching the lives of many people.
“Wild horses are my teachers. I have learned how to integrate my service as a teacher, my skills as a horseman, and my need for spiritual connection in M.E.E.T. the Mustangs, Where Heart Meets Horse programs. My mission is to guide wild horses and assist them in the full expression of their unique capabilities and greatness especially in healing the human spirit.”