Madrone Ranch Trainers



Born and raised in Austin, Rachel began riding at the age of 6. She grew up riding at Switch Willo Stables and continued riding there through her early twenties. She has won numerous year end awards at both CenTex and "A" rated shows in hunters and jumpers up thru the grand prix level. Rachel became a professional at the age of 18, and worked as an assistant trainer for Glen Johnson at Switch Willo for 7 years. After that, she worked as assistant trainer for Susan Baginski at Baskin Farm in St Louis, Missouri. She returned to Texas March 2012 and she joined Madrone Ranch as a trainer and manager.


Cassandra Clarkson

Cassandra grew-up in New England and fell in love with horses during her first riding lesson at the age of 5. She rode a variety of horses and disciplines throughout college including hunt seat, dressage, and driving. After several freezing winters in northern Vermont Cassandra decided to head south. She moved to Texas in 2012 where she worked for Lanes End Farm and later Pine Hollow Farm. She has a wide range of experience ranging from: grooming at WEF in Wellington, FL, managing an in-depth lesson program, organizing sales and “AA” show barns, and running local horse shows. Her teaching starts with good horsemanship and a focus on creating clear communication between horse and rider. Cassandra both supports and challenges clients by identifying their individual goals. Whether it is a local or AA show, her love and genuine enjoyment of the horses and the sport is evident.

Debbie Seymour

Debbie was excited to join the Madrone Ranch Stables Family in 2016. She started teaching in 1991 at Westbridge Equestrian, where she enjoyed starting riders, training horses and taking them to the show rings of TSSA, Centex, and A shows. After Westbridge closed in 2005, Debbie helped establish Bit by Bit Farm. Debbie has also worked as trainer/barn manager for LoneStar Stables and as a freelance trainer for some great central Texas barns. Debbie firmly believes in establishing a strong foundation in basic riding skills, providing riders the opportunity to challenge themselves, and teaching respect and responsibility for the horse in a fun, and safe atmosphere.


MaryJean Lhotan - Barn Manager

Mary Jean also known as MJ is a native Texas, born in Dallas, TX. As a junior rider, MJ was in Southern California riding under Hap Hansen and Noelle Roberts with guidance from the Clarke Family. While in California, MJ completely in ‘A’ and ‘AA’ shows around Southern California with her barn and for her SEL High school team. MJ attended four years of college at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri where she earned her Bachelors in Equine Science. Before joining the Madrone Family, MJ was a barn manager for Mechlin Farms, a top Hunter/Jumper barn outside Saint Louis, MO, caring and maintaining the facility for a year. More recently, MJ was an Equine Vet assistant for Homestead Veterinary Hospital out in Villa Ridge, MO. She is joining the Madrone team as a barn manager and trainer.



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