Betsy Burkett (Trainer and Instructor)
Founder of Sarabande Riding Club, studied both horsemanship and dance in Spain where her unique concept of horsemanship was born. She believes that, as in dance where two people must build trust and understanding with one another, a rider and horse must apply that same practice. Betsy’s objective is for students to not only learn the traditional disciplines of riding, but also to go beyond that in developing positive communication techniques with their horse that result in an integrated, confident team.
Betsy grew up riding horses on her family’s ranch in Southern Arizona. In her successful show career, she competed Huntseat at the National Level. In addition, Betsy was head wrangler at a Wyoming ranch for four years. She also trained therapy horses for Epona Equestrian for four years and taught therapeutic riding classes for disabled children. She started Sarabande Academy of Riding in 2004.
Robert Burkett (Director)
Robert is a Texas import that hung his hat here is Arizona making a home in the desert. He married Betsy in 2012 becoming a vital role in Sarabande. As co owner of the ranch he oversees all ranch activities and management. He started his own horse shoeing business in 2009. Quickly ecellerating to the top in his field he now travels nationally working at world champion barns. He is experienced shoeing a variety if breeds including Arabians Saddlebreds, barrel racers, ropers and grand pre Jumpers.
Sedona Gallagher (Assistant Trainer and Instructor)
Starting with Betsy at the age of 7 Sedona grew up at Sarabande. Her love and commitment to horses and showing led her to be come an intricate part of Sarabande. Sedona has worked her way up from student to counselor to instructor to barn manager and now assistant trainer. She has extensive show experience at a national level and has apprenticed with world champion trainers. Sedona will graduate with a Degree in Agricultural technology management with a minor in leadership and communications from the University of Arizona. During her high school years she was in the FFA all four years showing both calves and small stock (goats) Her time at the University was spent mainly at the U of A farms. Sedona was heavily involved in foaling at the University of Arizona working directly with the Al-Marah bloodline. She has foaled about 25 foals in the last three years with the help of the assistant manager of the equine unit at the University of Arizona.
After graduation she will become the resident assistant trainer and barn manager at Sarabande. Overseeing all aspects of Sarabande