At the age of 8, Madeline’s grandfather decided to give her a riding lesson for her birthday. Little did he know that one lesson would grow into a lifetime passion for horses. One lesson turned into weekly lessons which has now turned into daily rides on multiple horses and desire to share her love for horses with others. Madeline has now been riding for over ten years, teaching beginner and intermediate riders the world of hunter/jumpers and training horses including off the track thoroughbreds for four years. Madeline also has experience in dressage and cross country.
Madeline has placed many years in the final standings with NTHJC and has won the Paul Harrand Sportsmanship Award. Madeline is a Robert E. Lee Spring 2018 graduate, is currently in training to be a certified vet tech, is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of FFA, and North Texas Hunter Jumper Club.
Trainer Rebecca Hanna's passion for the equine industry and love of horses began at the age of seven when she first sat on a horse. Since then, she has been riding and competing in hunters, jumpers, dressage, and western disciplines for almost 20 years. She has owned several young horses and has assisted in transforming them into successful competitive mounts. She has shown multiple horses throughout the years in several disciplines, consistently earning championships in her divisions.
Rebecca has trained under multiple respected equestrian professionals, including Shelby Graham, Kim Brunson, and Paula Morris. She has participated in and audited intensive training clinics with Bernie Traurig, George Morris, and Anne Kursinski. Rebecca graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. She graduated from All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, Texas.
Coming from a family of horse lovers, her aunt’s involvement with rescue horses and her father’s training experience helped fuel her passion. After graduating from Arp High School, Harley attended Panola College where she competed in rodeo events. At Panola, Harley was trained by Jeffrey Collins, the 2000 NFR World Champion Bareback Rider and career Rodeo Rider and further expanded her horsemanship and riding skills. She ran barrels at rodeos, competed in play days, as well as the “Rodeo Olympics”, which was a Special needs event for children. She hopes to share her passion and enthusiasm for horses and riding with others and inspire young riders to become the best horsemen or women they can be. Harley's specialty is all levels of western riders and beginner english riders.