Laura Persons, Head Trainer
Laura began riding at age 5 and her passion for horses has only increased since. She started showing on the national "A" circuit when she was 7, and she has since competed in and won at many of the premiere horse shows in North America, including Indio, Ocala, Spruce Meadows, Culpepper, the Olympic Park in Atlanta, and the Kentucky Horse Park. She has worked with several top trainers in Texas including Janet Christie, Tony Font, Christian Rogge and Peter Pletcher. Laura has also ridden in clinics with some of the nation's top trainers, including Michael Endicott and Liz Denny.
Laura attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, majoring in Economics. Since graduating in December 2006, Laura has been riding and training in Texas.
Laura enjoys working with young horses above all and spent two years working exclusively for a breeding operation in Austin, starting their youngsters undersaddle and taking them all the way into the show arena.
Abbie Ostrem, Assistant Trainer
Abbie grew up in New England where she started riding at the age of 10. During her years there, she had the opportunity to be blessed with being able to ride with many trainers, famous and not so famous. She attended many clinics with the best New England had to offer, a couple of her favorites in the horse world were Sally Swift and George Morris. They both had deep passion about the rider. One was with Balance and the other with Equitation. Abbie has taken both and combined them in her training of others today. Abbie also attended college for Equine Science and competed in Intercollegiate Riding in New England. She moved to the Northwest in the late 80's and managed her own facility with students and their horse competing in the A & AA circuit there and also in Canada for 10 successful years. Abbie moved to Texas 6 years ago, semi-retired from the horse world to pursue her other passion, photography. Although photography is still a love of hers, she missed being in the world of horses and training students. She is now a trainer at Serendipity Farms and is completely in her realm and enjoying every moment. Her coaching consists of true balance and equitation for the rider.