About Us

In business since 1989, White Fences Equestrian Center brings you all the fun and excitement that horseback riding has to offer. Whether you are interested in, participating in taking lessons, corporate events, horse showing or just trail riding, White Fences has the facility, instruction and expertise to take you as far as you choose in your riding. We cater to beginners as well as advanced riders.

The staff is not only the best in class and attentive but they are active participants in recognized horse shows, providing you the expertise that comes with years of experience and training. Staff and Boarders at White Fences have, worked their way up the Dressage levels having earned 3 gold, 3 Silver and 10 Bronze medals. We would love to help you join our team of winners.

Meet the Staff of White Fences:

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Silvia Speyer

Owner and Barn Manager

ARIA Certified Riding Instructor, Level I Dressage

Silvia has been dreaming of horses since her days growing up in New York and made it to Texas as fast as she could right out of college. She has been riding for almost 20 years and has an unbridled passion for horses and people. She brings love and commitment to horses and the horse community. Silvia oversees the boarding and care for all horses along with running the scheduling, trail rides and the overall quality of experience for both horses and riders.

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Jack Speyer

Owner

Jack operates mostly behind the scenes. He works on the operations of White Fences and leads trail rides on occasion.

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Barbie Piccinni

Dressage Instructor & Trainer

Barbie has been riding since the age of 5 and has competed in almost every riding discipline including eventing, Dressage, western, cutting, barrels, jumping, driving, halter, and showmanship. Her current equestrian discipline of choice is Dressage. She has earned her Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals with the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). She earned her USDF Gold Medal in 2008; her USDF Silver Medal in 2006 at the Region 9 Dressage Championships, and the Bronze medal in 1998 — all on Royal Tango, the Dutch warmblood gelding she trained herself. In addition, she has numerous regional and international awards in hunters and jumpers, as well as Dressage. Classical Dressage training of the horse is her love but right behind that is her love of training the rider! She enjoys assisting both horse and rider understand and articulate the art of riding. When you visit White Fences, you will either find her on top of a horse or in the school teaching!

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Daemie Kennedy

Dressage Instructor & Trainer

Daemie is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and an ARIA Certified Instructor Level 1 in Dressage.  Daemie's philosophy for riding is to have fun and build relations with each other, and with the horses, to have an ongoing commitment to the sport, be role models and demonstrate good sportsmanship. She encourages students to be part of the USDF and/or the Junior/Young Riders Programs which offer opportunities of scholarship and mentoring through regional and national programs. 

Raised in a military family, Daemie Kennedy created opportunities to work with horses in Alaska, Virginia and Texas. First with ponies, then competing in various disciplines, ultimately focusing on dressage. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biomedical Science, College of Veterinary Medicine and had a career in Medical Sales in Virginia, North Carolina and Washington D.C., while also competing her thoroughbred in Hunter/Jumper and Dressage competitions. She opened and operated, The Sporting Horse tack shop in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Upon moving back to Texas, she earned her Bronze and Silver Medals.  She currently competes her DWB gelding at Intermediare 1 and is training her DWB mare for competition at 2nd/3rd level(s).   She is an active member of Austin Dressage Unlimited and is Red Cross certified in CPR and Basic First Aid.

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Ali Hamann

Hunter/Jumpers Instructor & Trainer

Ali Hamann has been a professional in the hunter/jumper industry since 2004, and is currently pursuing her Bronze Medal in Dressage as well. While the focus has always been in the English disciplines, her well rounded background includes over 15 years of western training, including barrel racing, ranch horses, and cutters, and 5 years of gaited horse training from Paso Finos to Tennessee Walkers. She is the owner and trainer of South Coast Sport Horses, where she has built a solid reputation for producing quiet, safe, and willing show and pleasure mounts, as well as confident and capable riders in many disciplines. She has a lifelong passion for restarting Off the Track Thoroughbreds and 2018 will be her 3rd year competing in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover.

Throughout her career, Ali has spent time working with or riding for many top trainers and breeders, including Jimmy and Mary Kohn of the renowned Horses LTD, Sally Harvey, Thalia Gentzel of Helicon Ponies, Patty Miller Stables, and Gerry Castleman. A firm believer in continuing education, Ali currently takes weekly Dressage lessons with Danielle Meyers, and participates in many hunter/jumper and Dressage clinics throughout the year with such trainers as Julia Wolffe, Bernie Traurig, Liz Scoville, and Richard Lamb. She passes along more than 25 years of education and experience on to her students in an informative and encouraging manner, whether your goals are to be comfortable on the trails, or competitive in the show ring. She has a knack for matching horses and riders on both sides of buying and selling, and is efficient in developing and campaigning show horses and prospects.