About Us at Valhalla Equestrian
We are thrilled to announce that effective January 2017, Anne Hedge along with partner Kathy Brooks, will be the new owners of formally Valhalla Stables in Aubrey, Texas, newly minted now as Valhalla Equestrian, LLC. Valhalla has been developed into a fixture in the local hunter jumper community for the last 15 years by Rachel Morris. The facility has been the home site for clinics with George Morris, Anne Kursinski and Bernie Trauig. We are proud to have the opportunity to continue the important work she has done to bring a safe and functional show and clinic facility to the North Texas community.
Amenities of the 30 acre farm include a huge 250' x 150' Indoor area with new footing and screens. A 200 x 250 outdoor area, 2 full jump courses, 2 warmup arenas, 2 barns with 30 total stalls for boarders and training horses with 12x12 stalls with fly spray systems, tack rooms and indoor/outdoor wash racks. Multiple paddocks and pastures with a beautiful grove of Pecan trees border the east side of the property. 72 additional stalls available for horse show and clinic use. There are public restrooms, a concession stand and a new gravel parking area. Improvement plans for early 2017 include additional paddock space, a 70' round pen with sand footing, and continued footing improvements in all arenas.
Anne Hedge part owner and trainer of Valhalla Equestrian has been training, showing and teaching Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation for over 25 years. Anne has primarily been involved with private training and sales of show hunters and jumpers, but has a great love of starting young horses undersaddle and also teaching children and adults great basics with a solid foundation. Horses coming out of her breeding and training program at Whitehedge Farm have gone on to Championships at all major horse shows in both the hunters and jumpers. Students under her tutelage have succeeded as well from cross rails up to the junior hunters and equitation. Anne believes training should happen at home, and horse shows are where the horses and students can go to show off their skills and compete against peers in their same ability level. The Valhalla Equestrian show team will be attending a mix shows according to ability level, from the numerous local shows held at Valhalla up to A and B rated THJA shows located across Texas, and USEquestrian AA shows around the country.
|Kathy Brooks is part owner and business manager of Valhalla Equestrian. An exceptional leader and contributor in various businesses throughout her career, Kathy has an outstanding record in sales, sales management, marketing, project management and management consulting roles for top firms including Staples Inc, Dun & Bradstreet and Bain & Company. She currently lives in Plano and works full time as a Regional VP for TricorBraun. Kathy has one daughter, Morgan, who is currently a junior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a degree in Special Education. Prior to college, Morgan was a successful junior on the A level show circuit. Kathy has been an enthusiastic owner and breeder of hunters and jumpers for over 10 years and currently has 3 young horses coming up the ranks. Both Morgan and Kathy hope to relocate to Aubrey in the near future. Kathy will be handling all billing and financial aspects of the farm as well as helping out on weekends as needed|
Brittany Lowe is the Assistant Trainer for Valhalla Equestrian with 20 years of extensive training in hunters, jumpers and equitation. She attended The Andrews School for Girls for high school in Willoughby, Ohio, which had a worldly renowned equestrian program, from 2003-2009. She has worked for many barns and private owners as a horse show groom and rider. Brittany has also worked as a stable hand, caring for horses, doing turnout and other barn chores. She comes to us with 15 years of A and AA rated show experience and 6 years of IEA show experience. After Andrews, Brittany attended Kent State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture. During her time at Kent State she showed in IHSA as an Open rider for 3 years in Hunt Seat and 1 year as an Advanced Intermediate Rider in Western. After practicing architecture for a few years, Brittany decided to pursue her dream as a professional rider and moved to Denton, TX and took a job as an assistant trainer and rider at an A show barn. Some of her major equestrian achievements are IEA National Champion in 2004 and placed at IEA Nationals in 2004 and 2005, 2015 USEF Horse of the Year for Zone 5 in Adult Amateur Hunters 18-35, 2015 OPHA Champion for Adult Amateur Hunters, 7th place at the 2015 WIHS Adult Hunter Finals and was a 2015 NAL Adult Hunter Finalist. Brittany is looking forward to passing on her knowledge of the equestrian sport to students while continuing her education working with young horses under the guidance of Anne Hedge.