Larry Smith: Owner/Head Trainer

Larry Smith grew up with horses in Washington State, spending summers in Kansas riding ponies dreaming of a riding school for people who are unable to manage horse ownership. In 2001, Larry moved his school from the Hermann Park location on Almeda Road to our present stables just off of Almeda-Genoa.

Horses of all types are used by Larry's students. Each breed has its niche. Little kids ride the ponies and show riders win ribbons on warm-bloods. Following the basics set down by the United States Olympic Team head coach, George Morris, Larry's students excel in equitation graduating to college teams, training positions and vet schools. Larry receives the most satisfaction seeing a young person mature as a rider and as a caring individual.


Helen Peters

Program Director/Instructor

Helen was a high school teacher for 13 years in Wisconsin before relocating to Houston in 1986 to escape the cold winters. When Helen was ten years old she got her first paying job to earn money to feed a neighbor's horse. During her college summers, Helen taught riding at a girls' camp in Northern Wisconsin. After getting married in 1972, Helen purchased a two year old Morgan Horse named Banson. He joined Helen in Houston when he was 16 years old and the pair worked together for another 16 years. Many riders took their first lesson on steady old "Mr. Banson". These days Ms Helen rides a Quarter Horse named Silver, pictured above.










     Kavita Sinha 

Kavita started riding at SHEC when she was 6 years old by taking her first pony ride. This was the pony ride that started it all! Kavita now helps keep the horses ridden and fit, shows the sales horses, and helps with many of the behind the scenes activities - farrier and vet scheduling, grooming, planning for shows, etc. She spent the summer of 2013 training and riding young horses at a barn in Argentina! Kavita now owns her own horse and competes on the show circuit. Congratulations to our graduate!