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Our Team

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 show ring having earned their medals (Dressage), high points and ribbons. We would love to help you join our team of winners.

meet the speyers

Silvia & Jack Speyer, Owners of White Fences Equestrian Center


“These days horses are rare even to Texans.” The first time you meet Silvia Speyer, you will be impressed by her preternaturally large eyes. She exudes an air of calm assurance; she is a rock. “Walk with me,” she says. “Let's go see the horses.” Hailing from New York and Virginia, Silvia got here as fast as she could to be with horses under the big Texas sky. She trained as a dressage rider at White Fences for 15 years. One day, White Fences’ prior owner, asked if Silvia was interested in taking over the business. In August 2017, the Speyers happily purchased White Fences.

“We are honored to be owners of one of the most beautifully-designed equine properties in greater Austin,” says Silvia. “The attention to detail and craftsmanship is exceptional. I’ve spent nearly half of my adult life at White Fences.”

Within seconds of your barn tour, you realize she knows every horse on her property like the back of her hand. Her mind is an encyclopedia of horse foibles, health charts, owners’ preferences. Nothing escapes her attention. A current client...

Saddle Club

Beginner Basic Equitation - Saddle Club

Amalia comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She started riding in California at a young age focusing primarily on western disciplines. When she later moved back to Texas she immediately started looking for a way to become plugged into the horse world, which is when she found a therapeutic riding center for special needs, at risk youth, and veteran students to come and focus on the healing power of horses. She quickly became...

Daemie Kennedy, Austin Dressage Instructor and Trainer

Dressage Trainer, Instructor and Director of Dressage for Young Riders

Daemie is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and an ARIA Certified Instructor Level 1 and 2 in Dressage. In addition, she is a professional member of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) as well as United States Pony Club (USPC). 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,...

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Dressage, Hunter/Jumper Instructor & Trainer

Jennifer (Jenny) Foss is a 29 year old Dressage professional originally from Walton-on-Thames, England. Jenny has dedicated the last decade to the industry running a successful Dressage stable for over 10 years while continuing her education and competing at shows.

After starting Dressage at a young age at a local Dressage Academy Jenny fell in love with the details of the sport, and all aspects of meticulous horse care. In 2011 Jenny’s...

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Dressage, Hunter/Jumper Instructor

Mari has been surrounded by horses since she was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. When the cattle working quarter horses at her family’s farm weren’t enough, at age 10, she found and fell in love with dressage at a local Costa Rican equestrian center. While the industry in the region is still developing, Mari took every chance she got to train with top clinicians. After her grandfather purchased her first schoolmaster she went all the way to...