With the encouragement of her mother, Mary, Amanda starting riding horses at age 8. What started out as an extra curricular activity turned into her lifes passion. Amanda showed her first horse in the American Saddlebred Country Pleasure and Hunter divisions for a total of seven show seasons.
Amanda attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence RI, where she received her degree in Equine Business Management/Riding. Before completing her college career, Amanda traveled to Binghamton, New York to complete an internship under trainer Peter Axtell at China Pointe, a full service American Saddlebred show barn. At China Pointe she was able to get first hand experience working in management, caring and showing the stables horses. Amanda also worked with amateur owner/rider Paulette Brim who assisted her in putting her two young prospect American Saddlebreds under saddle.
Currently Amanda is working on exposing the American Saddlebred as a more versatile breed while specializing in the hunter saddlebred.
Amanda currently owns four American Saddlebreds, Jimmy, Red, Curtis and Zip; one Friesian, Mo; and a pony named Norman.
- Twelve 12x12 matted stalls with dutch doors
(SDS in the future will be home to another 12 stalls)
- 200 x 80 outdoor track
-Heated 88 x 38 small indoor riding arena with sand footing
(SDS in the future will be home to a 200 x 80 indoor riding arena)
-Full bathroom with shower
-Climate controlled tack room with individual lockers
-Two wash stalls (one with heated water)
-Heated grooming area
-Sand paddock turnouts
-Grass field turnouts
-Owner lives on property
-Lounge and outdoor deck