Meet Our Experienced Trainers
Horses have been in Sayer’s blood from the moment she was born. Sayer grew up at Cedar Lane Stables in Tomball, Texas. Sayer first started riding there as a young child and then, when in high school, started giving lessons at Cedar Lane. As a child she was actively involved in the American Miniature Horse Association and collected over 15 AMHA and PtHA National Championships. Sayer attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a degree in Animal Science. While at A&M, she was a member of the prestigious Texas A&M Equestrian Team.
After college, Sayer began teaching kindergarten and then first grade. On the weekends and evenings she would ride and give lessons at Cedar Lane. In 2007, Sayer and her husband, Dustin Townsend, purchased the land at the corner of Jackson Road and 1486 and created Edgebrook Equestrian Center. Sayer has steadily built her client base and, in 2013, was able to retire from teaching and focus on her riding and Edgebrook exclusively. By taking her extensive riding talents and pairing them with her teaching skills, Sayer is the perfect instructor for both children and adults.
Sayer’s passion for introducing riders to showing in a friendly and comfortable environment manifested itself in the creation of MidSouth Hunter Jumper Association in 2014. MidSouth is a hunter/jumper association that hosts monthly schooling shows primarily at Edgebrook Equestrian Center. These are inexpensive schooling shows designed to be welcoming for both new and experienced riders alike. In addition to MidSouth Hunter/Jumper Association, Sayer is also a board member for the Greater Houston Hunter Jumper Association. GHHJA is a competitive hunter/jumper association that hosts large Hunter/Jumper shows in Katy at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center and in Bellville at Pine Hill. The GHHJA shows offer riders the ability to show at world class facilities and are excellent shows to prepare riders for the “A” circuit.
Alyssa has been riding horses competitively since a young age in her home state of Michigan. There Alyssa managed a horse farm where she boarded horses and taught lessons. Alyssa has trained with trainers from as far as the Spanish Riding School and has competed with horses in dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping. She has shown and excelled at both the local level and recognized events. In September 2012, Alyssa moved to Texas. She taught lessons at Legacy Equine Academy for three years before it closed. At that time she moved to Edgebrook Equestrian Center. In addition to teaching lessons, Alyssa is finishing up her undergraduate degree in Accounting at Sam Houston State University. She plans to pursue her Masters in Accounting and then sit for the Certified Public Accountancy Exam.
Alyssa currently owns two horses and continues to work with and train horses owned by others. Teaching lessons combines Alyssa’s love for horses and children. She values each student’s goals and strives to work with them in achieving those goals. Alyssa and her students consistently enjoy successful show seasons with championships in the Hunter/Jumper arenas.
Devon grew up in The Woodlands and has been riding since she was a child. She began riding at Carousel Farms (now North Houston Horse Park) and then pursued dressage. She lived in New Hampshire for a period where she competed primarily in the hunter arena. Upon her return to Texas, she continued her training in hunters. Devon is an excellent instructor and works well with kids and adults alike.
Linda grew up on a farm in North Dakota and enjoyed working with horses alongside her sisters. She went on to earn a teaching degree and began her career in education. Her husband’s job has allowed them to live all over the world…from Colorado, to Dubai UAE, to Dallas, and finally in Magnolia for the last 13 years.
Linda has a long history with Edgebrook. Linda’s youngest daughter took lessons from Sayer growing up. With her three kids now in college, Linda decided it was time for her to pursue her love of riding! Linda has a beautiful mare, Autumn Rose (“Rose”), named for the perfectly shaped rose on her face. Linda and Rose regularly show at the Greater Houston HJA and MidSouth HJA shows with consistent blue ribbons in their division. Like Sayer, Linda has a background in education and is especially gifted with beginner riders. In addition to riding, Linda is passionate about her family, teaching and traveling.