Frank and Candie
established Oakwell Farms in 1984 when they moved to
San Antonio from Virginia. Both of them grew up with
horses as a passion from childhood.
Candie started riding at age 10. She loved teaching
and coaching had a long career showing and she had
many students that competed and had top placing and
year end awards.
Frank grew up showing ponies and horses in Virginia
and was fortunate enough to compete at shows like
Washington DC, Harrisburg PA, Madison Square Garden
and in Canada, and he represented the United States
on the only pony team that went to England.
Frank and Candie met in San Antonio when Candie was
riding with Col. Russell and Frank was in the Army
stationed at Ft. Sam Houston with the U.S. Modern
Pentathlon team where he trained horse and helped
train the team for the 1972 Munich Olympics.... The
rest is history!
Frank and Candie have taught numerous students over
the years and have taken many to top levels in the
show ring. They taught both of their children to
ride and now both compete in the Grand Prix
The Owens take great pride in their care and
training of their horses and riders. The welfare of
the horse is first priority, along with safety and a
family atmosphere for their clients.
Frank no longer competes, he still trains students
and goes to the horse shows. Candie passed away in
May 2014. She will always be missed.
Whitney and Frankie were born into the horse world!
Their parents Frank and Candie Owens had already
established their careers as professionals owning a
business and showing. And how lucky for them both
kids ended up loving the horses as well and both
help operate Oakwell Farms. It's a family business!
Whitney started showing at age 6! Showing as a
Junior, Whitney competed in the Hunters, Jumpers and
Equitation. She qualified and has competed at some
of the top shows in the country on her ponies and
horses. Pony Finals, Devon, Young Riders
Indoors, with top placings and also started showing
in the Grand Prix's. Whitney has been a professional
riding horses and teaching students since 2000. When
Whitney first started riding, she was terrified to
canter! Her parents were patient and never pushed
her to do more than she was comfortable doing, that
is one of the many things she learned from her
parents... everybody excels at their own pace!
Whitney enjoys teaching all ages and levels of
students and wants to help them reach their goals in
Frankie grew up riding and he started showing at age
14. Frankie competed in the Hunters, Jumpers and
Equitation. Frankie spent one year as an amateur,
competing in the amateur owner jumpers and turned
professional at age 19. Frankie coaches all ages of
riders. He is very serious and dedicated at taking
his students to the top. Frankie is very good with
the young horses. He has trained many horses from
their first jumps to the show ring. One of his first
young horses he started from an unbroke brood mare,
and took her all the way up to the Grand Prix level;
and the horse won her very first Grand Prix! He
takes the time to instill confidence in the young
horses, and that is very important when starting
Mara is a new
addition to Oakwell Farms joining us in March, 2020.
Mara has been riding since a young age, and has
worked in the industry for a few years, with many
years being a working student for other San Antonio
area trainers. She will be a big help to our Farm
and enjoys working with young horses and is excited
to continue to gain experience here with us at
Oakwell Farms. Mara is working toward her Bachelor
of Exercise and Sports Science at St. Mary's
University here in San Antonio.