Serendipity Farms

hunters - jumpers - equitation



14425 FM 1826 austin, Texas 78737 - (512) 638-0893 -


14425 FM 1826, Austin, Texas 78737 - (512) 638-0893 -

About Us

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, Nona Garson, Bernie traurig 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.






Gwen Barnes

Gwen has been riding for over 30 years, competing successfully in both the hunter and jumper rings.  During that time, she has had the opportunity to work and ride with some of the top riders in the sport, including Hugh Graham of Canada, Steve Hummel of Texas, and Guillermo Obligado of Argentina/California. 

 In addition to her career as a professional rider and trainer, Gwen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.  Incorporating her passion for riding, as well as her skills as a counselor, Gwen takes a holistic approach to coaching her students and training horses.  She brings a thorough knowledge of the sport, as well as the ability to aid her students in approaching and tackling individual challenges as they work to accomplish their goals.

Patricia Wilson Jellerson

Patricia Wilson Jellerson has been a Hunter/Jumper trainer and rider on the “A” circuit for over 25 years. After riding and learning the business with esteemed hunter trainer Ron Danta (founder of the Hunter Derby); she went on to work as a trainer and manager for Olympic rider Nona Garson. In her years at The Ridge, Patricia took many adults and younger riders to hunter, equitation and jumper prizes at all the major East Coast shows. She studied intensively with George Morris as a trainer and instructor, and worked for Olympic rider Ann Kursinski, in addition to learning from many top hunter trainers and judges over her career. Ms. Jellerson is a United States Equestrian Federation licensed judge, successfully judging horse shows across the United States for the last 15 years. 

Patricia’s eye for details and judging experience can “put the polish” on riders and horses of all levels, She enjoys helping riders achieve the competitive edge in both the Hunter and Jumper divisions. She has a gift for giving confidence to green horses and riders, as well as helping more advanced combinations improve technique and style. Patricia believes a strong foundation of flatwork is the key to success in jumping, emphasizing proper equitation and dressage skills to build both horse and rider. 

She comes to Texas from Oklahoma, Virginia, and Florida, where her clients have consistently brought home ribbons at “A” rated and local shows. Patricia has developed winning combinations in both the AQHA and USEF Hunter/Jumper circuits, coaching clients to top 10 placings at AQHA Worlds. She is in demand as a judge, trainer and clinician.

Guenevere Holden-Snead

Growing up in southern California, Guenevere Holden-Snead was riding horses before she could walk. She rode polo ponies at her family’s ranch, adjacent to the Santa Barbara Polo Club, and watched her father, uncle, and grandfather play in tournaments on the weekends. At the age of 6, Guen started formal lessons at Foxfield Riding Academy with JoAnn Postel and Nancy Turrill. At the age of 13, she moved to Elvenstar Show Stables under the guidance of top trainer, Jim Hagman, where she learned the value of horsemanship and advanced skills of Hunt Seat Equitation. She had a successful show career on the southern California regional circuit, and also competed on the Interscholastic Equestrian League at La Reina high school, and IHSA at Pepperdine University.  

After taking several years off to begin a career in the corporate world, she has recently returned to her true passion of horses. Guen believes in teaching young riders not only a solid foundation in riding basics, but also the importance of good horsemanship.

Carrie delbecq and Julie Franklin, Owners

serendipity farms began when friends, carrie and julie, set out to create a place where their own daughters could learn all of the valuable lessons horses have to teach while maintaining a high standard of training and instruction.  As girls, carrie and Julie both developed a passion for riding and wanted their own daughters to experience and appreciate the dedication and joy that comes with riding and caring for horses.   their goal was to establish a barn where riders would have the freedom to learn and explore in a safe and friendly environment while working toward their established goals.  now they have the pleasure of watching all of the SF riders grow and develop in the sport they love.