You know what they say: the people make the place. Lone Star is fortunate to have a team of experienced professionals dedicated to making our barn the best it can be.
Horses have always been a part of Christy's life. She grew up riding in her backyard. Her daughters, Madelyn and Courtney, both inherited the "horse gene" as they both love riding. It was their interest in hunter/jumper riding that led Christy to the world of English riding in 2005, and she hasn't looked back since. In 2007, Christy developed Lone Star Stables so she could share her love for horses with the Westlake community.
Sahara comes to Lone Star after four years spent competing on Baylor University's NCAA equestrian team, which brought her to Texas from the much colder state of Maryland. Though we wish that we could have Sahara full time, she also works remotely as an Operations Manager at an Austin-based tech startup. When not juggling her two jobs, Sahara can often be found walking her dog, Penelope, and exploring all that Austin has to offer!
Katherine Woodward began her riding journey at age eight and continued to ride through college at Colorado State University before returning to Texas. Katherine joins Lone Star after many years as barn manager and trainer at Rio Vista Farm, where she guided many riders from crossrails to multiple year-end awards. She has an eye for detail that she loves to pass on, emphasizing not only the development of great riders but also of great horsepeople who never stop learning. Katherine is active in the Central Texas Hunter & Jumper Association, serving on the board of directors and currently acting as Vice-President.
Sam brought five years of riding experience in Florida to Lone Star when she joined us as a student back in 2017. Since then, she has transitioned to using her skills in the assistant trainer role where she plays an integral part in making LS a great place for both horses and riders. Her dedication to the animals shines through in all that she does, and we are grateful to benefit from her detail-oriented approach. Whether the task is administering meds, teaching riders of varying ages and abilities, or caring for Patches, the barn cat, we are confident that any job done by Sam is a job well-done.
Madelyn was lucky enough to grow up spending countless hours at Lone Star and now is even luckier to still get to call this place her barn home. From the pony hunters to the big eq ring, Madelyn progressed through the levels before heading to college, competing on Cornell's NCAA equestrian team. A love for this barn and these animals drives her to continuing in her mom's footsteps, striving to make Lone Star a place for riders of all levels and ages to excel both in and out of the saddle.