Meet our Staff


stephMeet Stephanie!

Stephanie has been riding horses since she was 2 and began teaching horseback riding lessons at the age of 13 at her dad’s home in Euless. She taught horseback riding through High School and while she earned her B.S. at Tarleton State and Sam Houston. She majored in Animal Science and minored in Business, allowing her opportunities to work with some of the best horse trainers and breeders in the barrel racing industry. Upon graduating in 2008, she then returned to the HEB area to continue teaching. Her extreme passion and love of horses is what drives the business of Full Circle. She relishes the opportunity to pass along her love of horses to other children and help them to excel in whatever discipline they choose.

Stephanie currently competes in local barrel races and playdays. She has won numerous checks, buckles, saddles, and various prizes for her skills on horseback over the last 20 years. Stephanie piloted our lesson horse, Pebbles, to be the 2018 APHA Reserve World Champion pole bending horse and top ten for barrels and stakes. She is a CHA-certified instructor and attends various clinics throughout the year. She has a passion for learning something new and is always looking for advanced techniques she can pass along to her students. Stephanie took up Equitation and Hunter/Jumper classes in the English world in summer 2018, but claims she hasn’t “gone to the dark side” just yet!

She has a supportive family with her husband Mike and their four children – Teagan, Presley, Micah, and Brady.

Meet Brandi!                      

Hey everyone I’m Brandi! I grew up in a roping family and love riding and competing in all aspects. I love to teach horsemanship and the technical things that make us all better horsemen and women. I’m excited to bring roping, rodeo and the training side to FCRA.
Recent accomplishments:
2019 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Top 15 in the World All Around, Calf Roping and Team roping Header.
2020 Wildifire Ladies Open Champion Header and various jackpot and rodeo wins.


Meet Lauren!

Lauren Vanderbilt has loved and ridden horses for 20 years. As a teenager, she discovered her passion for helping kids learn to ride, and has now been teaching lessons for ten years. Hooked by the thrill of jumping, she specializes in hunter/jumper and eventing. She is thrilled to join the FCRA team and launch the English riding program so that many more earth-bound humans can experience the thrill of flying with a horse!


Meet Taylor!

Hi friends! I’m Taylor and I can’t wait to see you at FCRA! I have been riding horses for 14 years, and before moving to Texas, I taught riding lessons and summer camps for 5 years in Pennsylvania. I have ridden both English and western throughout my riding career, and I have shown in many different disciplines. I began showing in 4H when I was 12, competing in English events and western games at local horse shows. I continued showing throughout my riding career, and also showed in western pleasure and horsemanship, showmanship, and playday events. When I was a youth rider my favorite show to attend was the All American Youth Horse Show in Columbus, Ohio, where I competed in English and western pleasure, horsemanship, and showmanship. During college, I was the captain of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Western Equestrian Team, where we competed in western horsemanship competitions through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.

Currently, I am an elementary special education teacher by day, who loves to spend her weekends, evenings, and summers around horses as much as possible! I love riding English and I also love reining (a western event involving spins and sliding stops). Showing horses is one of my biggest passions, and I can’t wait to grow that passion at FCRA! I am looking forward to meeting all of you at the barn!

Meet Ashley!

Ashley has been riding and working with horses since 2004, starting out riding English and moving into the Western world a short time after. She began riding under Stephanie’s instruction in 2009, and began working for her in 2010. She loves helping her students advance in their riding skills, and especially enjoys providing detailed feedback for the Barrel and Playday Competition Teams. In Feb 2020, Ashley took the leap and purchased her very own heart horse, Holly. This pair enjoys technical slow work as well as simultaneous back scratches!




cheyMeet Cheyanne!

Cheyanne has worked at Full Circle Riding Academy since 2012 fulfilling many different roles. Currently she instructs a limited amount  private lessons throughout the week and designs many of our event fliers.

If you see her around the barn feel free to ask her for a tour, an introduction to her beloved horse, Korra, or ask any questions about our horses and programs!


Meet Buttons!

Buttons is our miniature donkey who roams freely around our barn! He is extremely kind and gentle, allowing toddlers to walk up to him and love on him.

His favorite treats are carrots, apples, watermelon, sugar cubes, horse treats, cat treats, dog treats… you get the picture. It is impossible to hide treats from this guy!