I have been with Sara for about a year and have learned so much in the process. I was searching for an instructor who didn’t insist on jumping and was knowledgeable in dressage. I have been horseback riding since childhood but came back after a long hiatus and have found my home. Now that I can learn and grow with Sara and her well-trained horses, I’m very happy and have learned more in one year than I ever imagined! Sara has a wonderful combination of skill, horsemanship, kindness and compassion with a keen, experienced eye. She seeks to guide rather than dictate, always putting safety first, with both her clients and horses. We have fun, too, out on trails and in the arena and I look forward to every lesson! Thank you, Sara.
Stephanie O’Hara

I first met Sara while we were students at Meredith Manor. As a student and later a staff member Sara was always in the barn from morning til night. Her devotion and enthusiasm for the horses was her trademark. I always found Sara helping out where ever an extra hand was needed. Whether it was scrubbing buckets, helping someone learn to saddle a horse or going with us on a trail ride, Sara was there with a smile and a “let’s do it” attitude. I learned so much about teaching from watching Sara give lessons. She is able to clearly state her ideas and instructions in a way that her student can easily understand. Her belief in her students made everything seem possible. Now years later and out of the horse world I found this to be especially true. Sara has been able to help me overcome the fears of an older rider and a green horse. She showed me other ways to work through our training blocks. Her enthusiasm and encouragement got us around a problem that had us stumped for months. The simple belief that Sara has, “You CAN do this” and her clear technical walk through of “How to do it” has made all the difference in the world. Sara understands horses and she loves them for being horses. She also knows people. She has the unique ability to combine her love and knowledge and teach it to her students, both equine and human.

Beth Rex 

I found Sara on the web in 2006. I am an older adult who loves horses, but after recently taking up riding and having a few bad falls, I was about ready to give up. Sara took me from being afraid to just walk on my very gentle horse to having confidence in myself, my riding and my horse. I continually learn about myself and my horse in my lessons with Sara. She teaches us at our pace and allows me to ask as many questions as I want, even if it is a few days later. She is very generous with her time and I never feel rushed or stupid for any question I may have. She is very knowledgeable and it shows in me and my horse, we have both come a long way and I would highly recommend Sara to anyone at any level of riding.

Andrea Ettleman
Schaumburg, IL

I first met Sara in September of 200l, at Meredith Manor where she attended my farrier science and craftsmanship course. From the beginning, Sara displayed a natural talent for communicating with horses and people. She always showed up ready to work and she always added a positive note to every situation. Upon completion of the course, she stayed on staff as my assistant. She was extremely helpful to me as she presented herself as an influential and friendly instructor for many of my newest students. Her presence was always a calming effect on us all. She is truly a talented horseperson.

Bryan Farcus MA, CJF

I highly recommend Sara McKiness as a horse trainer and as a riding instructor in Saint Charles Illinois. I was Sara’s instructor at Meredith Manner Equestrian Center for 18 months. During this time I had the pleasure of working with Sara daily, instructing her in training, riding, and showing techniques. She was an excellent student, separating herself from her peers through her hard work, retention of knowledge, application of techniques, punctuality, adaptability, and her intense desire to be the best.

The traits that Sara displayed as a student quickly transferred to her ability to excel as a trainer and instructor. I witnessed Sara’s ability to train even the most difficult horses, using her learned skills and inherent ability to adapt her techniques to best match the unique characteristics of a given horse, always achieving outstanding results. As an instructor Sara was always cognitive of the abilities of her students and which methods of instruction were most effective for different individuals. This allowed her to bring out the best in each rider, regardless of skill level or previous experience. Perhaps most importantly, Sara always placed safety first, for the riders and the horses.

I give my strongest recommendation for Sara as an instructor and trainer. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me at gudderd22@hotmail.com or by phone at 615-613-5397.

Penny Goddard
Trainer and Instructor
Hufnagel Quarter Horses
Ashland City, Tennessee