Marianna Grammatikakis was born in Heraklion, Crete. Her parental home has always been in the farm with the horses and she has lived each and every day of her life in the company of these amazing animals. Her dream has always been athletic riding as well as founding a riding school on Crete.
In 1998 Marianna commences her training in England and in 1999 she comes back to Greece where she dedicates herself to athletic riding for a period of three years. With a horse of her family’s breeding named Kallikrates, she wins the titles of Polynikes and Panellinionikes (ranked first at national level) at dressage in 2003.
Her dream being the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and following her being invited by the Danish coach (2003 Greece’s national coach in dressage), Hasse Hoffman, she begins her training in dressage abroad. From 2003 to 2005 Marianna lived in central Europe and intensively trained at premier stables with well-renowned coaches including Alex Fermuth (Germany), Jean Bemelmans Germany) and many more.
In 2004 Marianna competes at the highest level, the one of the Olympic Games GRAND PRIX with her horse FAKIR.
With her baggage full of knowledge and experience she returns to Crete where she makes her dream come true. She founds the first riding school on Crete, the Riding Academy of Crete in 2005.