Owner & Head Trainer - Sydney Thurber
Sydney has had a true passion for horses all her life. She has always had a special connection with animals, especially horses. After training and competing her OTTB's for years in the Hunters, Medals and Jumpers she dove into teaching when her trainer had her cover some lessons and she was a natural. She has an innate ability to connect with riders and help them understand their horse and how to build a relationship and achieve the results they desire. Sydney has been riding and showing for over 15 years in several different states. Her passion has always been working with and re-training off the track Thoroughbreds. Her first two personal horses are OTTB's and she has competed in both Hunters and Jumpers on them. Sydney has a very classical style based on correct anatomical movement for both horse and rider. Sydney is starting the first Kinetic Riding Academy at Belwood Equestrian Center and is excited to continue doing her part to help facilitate the next generation of well rounded riders with horsemanship skills to match their riding abilities.
Beginner Program Trainer - Savannah Thurber
Savannah has always loved young children and greatly enjoys the opportunity to share her love of horses and riding with them through the beginner program at Belwood Equestrian Center. Savannah started competing in the Hunters, Equitation & Jumpers on several OTTB's in the Austin, TX area over 10 years ago. Savannah also has a strong base and teaches her beginners correct anatomical movement for both horse and rider. Savannah is excited to train her beginner riders with strong classical skills so they can eventually pursue membership in the Kinetic Riding Academy if they wish to further their theoretical and riding knowledge.