Laura Persons, Head Trainer, Owner
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 premier 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, Anne Kursinski 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.
Patricia Wilson Jellerson, Guest Instructor
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.
Carrie Delbecq and Julie Franklin, Founders
Now in the capable hands of head trainer Laura Persons, 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.