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William G. Durden – Owner, Master Trainer, Riding Instructor

William G. Durden – Owner, Master Trainer & Riding Instructor

Raised in Woodstock, GA, Will is very excited to be able to provide his expertise and knowledge in the place where he calls home.

Will’s interest in horses began at a very young age.  As a child he started riding and showing, and fell in love with the equine sport.  Always in the ribbons at all the local shows around Atlanta, GA, he decided to pursue a professional career in equestrian sports.

After graduating from Sequoya High School in 2000, Will attended Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center, the top equestrian school in the United States.  Will studied dressage and hunter-jumper disciplines and graduated with honors attaining the highest teaching certification and Riding Master VI.  He was hired right out of school to train Hanoverians in Santa Barbara, California. 

Will then returned to the east coast and took a job with Highlife Farms in Orlando, Florida.  He taught at the Grand Cypress Equestrian Center for two years before deciding to leave to pursue his dream of owning his own stable where he could train, show, and teach others the skill of riding and horsemanship that he has enjoyed so much.

To schedule a meeting or lesson/training with Will, please email him at william.g.durden@owlridgeequestrian.com or call 470-328-9800.

 

Nancy Trott – PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

A Georgia resident since 1969, Nancy began riding at age 8. As a child, she trained and competed at local shows, in both Western and English classes.

As a parent of children with disabilities, Nancy discovered the wonders of equine therapy and put her children into a hippo therapy/therapeutic riding program. She was so impressed with their progress that she decided to become a regular volunteer. Realizing she could combine her equestrian experience with her knowledge of disabilities, Nancy decided to work towards her instructor certification.

Nancy became a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2007 and has witnessed many students reap the benefits of therapeutic riding. She develops individualized lesson plans geared towards each student’s unique needs and carefully choses the right horse for each rider. Nancy encourages her students to challenge themselves, coaching some students as equestrian athletes for the Special Olympics of Georgia.

For more information please contact: nancy.trott@owlridgeequestrian.com.