MY PHILOSOPHY

I believe a happy horse performs willingly and beautifully at its peak, and a happy horse is achieved only through understanding and communication. I have spent my career learning from the horse, and teaching riders the lessons these magnificent and gracious animals have taught me. I view my job as a trainer of both horses and of people as making things easy for both partners in the team. There is nothing that gives me more joy than watching both my equine and human clients soar.

 

SERVICES

Training, Showing, Import & Export, Jumpers, Hunters and Equitation

BIOGRAPHY

Maciek first encountered horses in an unusual setting when a schoolmate in the city where he was born, Krakow, Poland – a country with an acclaimed history of riding excellence – invited him to join her at a summer riding camp. She afterwards lost interest, but Maciek was hooked. That summer began a lifelong love of horses when a trainer at a camp recognised his natural talent and asked him to represent the city of Krakow’s riding school as a teen rider, competing in national championships. 

That childhood dream soon blossomed into a career representing Poland as a rider in national and international competition. His passion has since taken him across Europe and North America, pursuing the sport at its highest levels, and also into discovering his love of cultivating young horses, coaxing out their talent, as well as keeping experienced horses fit, supple and rideable for the many owners who entrust him with their top animals. He soon caught the attention of four-time Olympian Ludo Philippaerts, who recruited him to help shape his string of top-flight young horses, entrusting Maciek with competing potential future Olympic prospects.

With a keen knowledge of equine psychology and physiology, Maciek has a special knack and interest in not just training, but encouraging horses of all ages and abilities to maximise their own natural potential and to perform at their peak. Setting out independently, Maciek helped private clients’ horses reach high goals, including training a horse that won team gold in the European Championships.

Through this work, he discovered his love of teaching amateurs and helping them reach their own dreams. Highlights of his career so far include coaching a student all the way to beat almost 300 horses for the top ten spots at the FEI World breeding jumping championships.

As well as being devoted to his clients and horses, Maciek is passionate about always continuing to learn and improve. That commitment has taken him across the Atlantic to the top competitions in the United States where he is an in-demand trainer of horses which he has competed with great success. Second only to his love of horses, is his love for meeting new people, and his passion for his dog Lola, a Jack Russell Terrier with one eye, who sings along to the car radio.

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Recent competitions and horses in training

WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY

It was perfect timing when I first met Maciek Pestka. My horses and I were based in Belgium and I found myself in the same stable as him. Since I traveled back and forth from The Philippines, where I live and Europe, where my competition horses are based, I needed somebody reliable and skillful to keep my horses fit and in condition while I was away for several weeks, even months at a time. Maciek has proven himself to be a smart horseman, very attentive to detail and keeps the horses’ well being as top priority. His work with my horses was complete, as they always felt both relaxed yet ready for action each time I returned to Europe and needed to compete immediately. He is knowledgeable in his equitation and precise in his jumping. Above all, his soft, yet disciplined work on the flat is what makes the difference for the horses under his care and management.
Toni Leviste
Philippine Olympic Equestrian
I have leased Caritas through Maciek for the past year and could not be happier with the professionalism and support he has given us along the way. Maciek’s deep understanding and relationship with Caritas is very clear and he has always remained accessible to me to tap into his knowledge. In addition, I had the opportunity to work with Maciek at WEF 2018 and found his talent and positive nature to be a tremendous help and true pleasure.
Christine MacFarland
I met Maciek last year when he was in Florida riding with Team Rakowsky, since then I have continued to pay attention and admire how much of a great horseman he is. My father, my trainer and I decided to to fly to Europe to buy a few horses to bring home with us. It was my first experience horse shopping in Europe and we spent the first few days looking at the horses Maciek found for us to try. He has an amazing eye for horses and I loved every one of them, we came home with a young jumper named “Given” that we immediately started jumping the 7 yr old classes successfully. We have continued showing at WEF in the Amateur Owner division, “Given” continues to impress us with how willing and simple he is. He is everything and more that Maciek told us he would be. It is so refreshing to meet someone as passionate and knowledgeable about the horse industry as he is. Since the purchase of “Given” our friendship continues to grow and I look forward to business opportunities with Maciek in the future.
Kristen Berian

PARTNERSHIP

CONTACT ME

maciek@pestkainternational.com
+1 (860) 266-0899
+32 487 924 929