Suzanne Martin Lacy
President of Equine Management Training Center
Suzanne is a teacher by education and equestrian through heartfelt passion. She started her career with horses at a very early age. Suzanne shares her knowledge of horses with students of all ages through lessons, eventing, coaching, and caring for animals.
Suzanne's goal is to provide a place where all from 8 years to 85 plus can come and learn to ride. Sandy River, now in the 25th year of operation, has 230 acres and 37 horses with 13 school horses that are capable of helping our students compete from competitively through training level. "It is so important to me that everyone who wants to ride is given this opportunity to learn to ride and learn the responsibility of caring for a horse and appreciate what a horse can do for their confidence. Someone has to start our future eventers." Suzanne states enthusiastically!
Suzanne is the owner of Sandy River Equestrian Center and has trained with Jim Wofford, Karen O'Connor, Betsy Steiner, Peter Grey, and Virginia Wiseman. She lives on the property with her husband Rusty Lacy, who is in charge of farm maintenance.
Samantha Burton Henley
Program Administrator for Equine Management Training Center
Sam is the Head Trainer and Facility Manager at Sandy River Equestrian Center owned by Suzanne Martin Lacy in Axton, Virginia. Sam came to Sandy River Equestrian Center approximately 10 years ago from the O'Connor Event Team, where she was the Competition Manager for the O'Connors and David O'Connor's Head Groom. In that capacity, she has traveled all over the world caring for 4-Star and Olympic level horses. In addition to the experience with the O'Connors, Sam has been a Head Groom for the 2004-2006 Area II NAYRC Teams and the Head Groom for the 2006 Canadian WEG Team. At Sandy River, Sam is an instructor and trainer for many up and coming young horses, young riders and their horses. Sam also works with adults. She assists Suzanne in creating a world class training center at SREC which hosts YRAP camps and O'Connor Event Camps -- the next planned for June of 2015. Sam resides at Sandy River with her husband, Boe and her daughters, Danni and Riley.
Nancy is responsible for full care of the border horses including turn-out, stall maintenance, feeding and general management. She has been riding and caring for horses her whole life and shares a true passion for all things equestrian. Her first experience on horseback was with Virginia Wiseman at a very young age. Mother of twins, Susan and Richard.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Franz-Hahr has been involved with all aspects of daily activities and special events at Sandy River Equestrian Center for nearly 20 years. She has competed through the Preliminary level.
Stylist to the Riders
Kathy's profession as an excellent hairstylist helps pay for her passion, horse lover. She assists Sandy River Equestrian Center staff with a multitude of chores on her days off and travels with the event team.