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Read the Sideline Magazine Article on Oakwell Farms - January, 2017


Frank and Candie Owens

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 competitions.

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 Owens:

   

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 riding.

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 them.

Carrie Keegan:

Carrie recently moved to San Antonio from Connecticut. She is 24 years old and has been riding for 15 years. Carrie started out riding hunter/jumpers, then switched to eventing a few years later. She loves to try new things with horses and has experience doing western, western gaming, sidesaddle, bareback, and foxhunting. She spent the past three years teaching therapeutic horseback riding at a PATH International, an accredited center in Rochester, NY.

 
 

 
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