SRS offers horse training, riding lessons, and camps. Our main focus is the American Saddlebred horse. We take many horses and riders to compete at horse shows statewide and nationwide. We are proud of our reputation of turning out a horse and rider to our standard of excellence and doing very well in competition.
It is our goal to establish true horsemanship in each of our riders, starting from the ground up. As a beginner at SRS you learn to properly groom and tack your horse before you ride. As you progress through our program you develop the knowledge and skill to be able to work with and ride many different types of horses.
Sarah Russell Owner/Trainer/Instructor
Sarah has had a passion and love for horses her entire life. Growing up in Michigan, she showed in 4-H and local horse shows and eventually worked her way up to the world class level. She had great success in the Saddlebred and Morgan industries earning World and National Championships within both breeds. She has also traveled to South Africa twice to compete as a member of the United States World Cup team, earning Gold Medals on both occasions. Sarah was the fourth rider in history to win the Morgan Equitation Triple Crown.
After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Animal Science, Sarah pursued her passion further and worked under some of the top horsemen in the country honing in on her training skills. In 2015 she accomplished her lifelong dream of opening her own stable. Her students and horses have been extremely successful with wins and reserves at horse shows all across the country including the World Championship Horse Show. Her favorite part of her job is sharing her love of the sport with her students.
Outside of the barn, Sarah is a USEF licensed judge and a member of the UPHA Ribbons of Service Committee. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ross, and her two beautiful children, Kellan and Peyton.
Liz Curtin, Instructor
Liz started riding Saddleseat in New Jersey as a child and realized she would be passionate about this for life. She pursued her career goals by attending William Woods University and studying Equestrian Science. Upon graduating in 2013, Liz moved to Florida and began her teaching career. She loves making connections with her students, children and adults alike. She enjoys introducing new people to this sport and helping from the beginner level all the way up.
Claire Karst, Trainer, Instructor
Claire began riding at a young age and had a successful show career including winning at the World Championship Horse Show. She is passionate about the American Saddlebred and has worked hard to learn everything she could about this amazing breed of horse. She earned her equestrian degree from William Woods University. Upon graduation she was hired at a top show barn where she furthered her education in horse training. Claire is happy to be back in Florida and we are excited to have her on our team as a trainer and instructor.
Caretaker, Tiny Tot Instructor, Office
Mackenzie has a love for all things “horse”! She is not only an excellent caretaker for our show horses, she also enjoys teaching the tiny tot riding lessons and introducing the little ones to horses. When she is not working she enjoys her own horses at home.