Experienced staff and accomplished trainers
Alexandra Ansteth began riding at an early age and competed nationally in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions while in high school. Alex attended Colorado State University where she double majored in business and equine science/pre-vet. During her time at CSU, Alex was introduced to colt starting and the discipline of reining. Upon graduation. she pursued a summer internship with internationally renowned reining trainer Tim McQuay and his wife, Colleen, who specialized in the training and development of young reiners, hunters and jumpers. That summer internship turned into a full-time job riding and training reiners, hunters and jumpers for the McQuay family. For the next seven years, Alex focused on the skills and techniques required to help horses build a solid foundation for competition. In January of 2015, Alex joined Augusta Pines Farm as an assistant to then head trainer Martien van der Hoeven. She helped coach riders to top placings during competitions throughout the years including Pony Finals, International Derby Finals, the Capital Challenge Horse Show, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the National Horse Show. During 2016 Alex was the South Central WCHR Developing Professional Champion, South Central WCHR Handy Champion, South Central WCHR Professional Reserve Champion, National WCHR Developing Professional 3rd place overall and top 12 at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in both the WCHR Professional and Developing Professional Challenge classes. In 2019, Alex became head trainer at Augusta Pines Farm and continues to provide the excellence in training and coaching that promotes success for clients and their horses.
Evan Pender was born and raised in Houston. She has trained and worked with the most respected professionals in the country. During her Junior years, Evan successfully competed in the pony ring, Junior hunters, Equitation and Junior jumpers, earning numerous championships. Upon graduating with an Honors degree in Communications from the University of St. Thomas, Evan turned her love for horses into a profession. For the past 15 years, her clients have competed in and qualified for US Pony Finals, Junior Hunter Finals, National and International Derbies. They have earned top placings at the most prestigious shows across the country- The Capital Challenge Horse Show, Pennsylvania National, Washington International Horse Show and The National Horse Show, as well as the Winter Equestrian Festival. Evan tailors her lessons according to each rider’s needs and goals, with a strong emphasis on equitation.