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Natalie Mamou (McMahon) of Leap of Faith Equestrian, brings over 20 combined years' experience owning, showing, teaching and training. Natalie grew up in Southern California and began riding and competing at the age of 7. During her time as a junior, she competed on the "AA" Circuit in Hunters, Jumpers, and was heavily involved in the Equitation ring under the guidance of Grand Prix rider Romelia Calderon and trainer Hope Davis.

Natalie continued to ride throughout college, and after graduating from Menlo College with a degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, she instructed at several barns in Menlo Park ultimately leading her to running a successful lesson program in Los Altos Hills for several years.

After taking a break as a professional trainer for a few years to work as an Executive Assistant at startups in the Bay Area, Natalie has returned to continue her true passion - teaching and sharing her knowledge of horses!
Natalie also continues to compete on her own horses, and enjoys starting and training young horses, as well as matching horses and riders to create positive and successful partnerships. 


Natalie believes in building strong basics and fundamentals, which riders can take with them throughout their riding careers no matter where that leads them. She also believes in teaching proper all around horsemanship to create well rounded horsemen/women in and out of the saddle with an emphasis on proper care and treatment for the horses. 

Natalie McMahon | Owner and Trainer

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