Flower Mound Farm Trainers
Manager and Trainer
O'Brien is a United States Eventing Association ICP certified
trainer with over 12 years’ experience training beginners
through competitive riders. The ICP program certifies a
trainer’s skill in dressage, show jumping and cross country.
Siobhan has competed through the Intermediate level in Eventing
including several FEI One-Star competitions. She has brought
numerous horses up the levels and enjoys developing both the
horse and rider. She has had a lifetime love of horses but
wasn’t able to seriously immerse herself into riding until she
was an adult. As Malcom Gladwell writes in Outliers, it
takes 10,000 hours to become expert at something. In obsessive
fashion, Siobhan put in her 10,000 hours and now derives
pleasure from bringing horses into the lives of others. She has
owned and managed a private boarding and training facility in
Flower Mound since 2002, Horselife, Inc. Siobhan trains and
shows in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and
cross-country. She works with children and adults to introduce
them to riding or to advance their competitive skills. Siobhan
feels pride in helping people achieve goals at all levels. A
17-year resident of Flower Mound, Siobhan also has three
children and a supportive husband. She is a two time Area
Chairperson for Area V Eventing and is on the Board of the Texas
Horse Park Foundation.
Beginner to Intermediates
From an early age I have always wanted horses to be a
part of my life. At eight years old I begin riding lessons at a
local English hunter barn and continued through high school. I
participated in the United States Pony
Club which furthered my knowledge of horsemanship greatly. I
even earned a National Championship in the Quiz Competition in
2003. My passion for the sport continued to grow as I became a
more serious competitor in the hunter jumper ring. My parents
bought me my first horse at age 15 – my “Answered Prayer”.
Dante was my off-the-track thoroughbred dream horse that taught
me a great deal, and carried me through many horseshow
experiences. Not just competing and winning blue ribbons, but
he also taught me about myself and life-lessons through our
rough patches together.
I attended college at Texas A&M and found a way to work
horses into my degree. By declaring my emphasis area in Equine
Studies, I was able to take riding classes such as Stock Horse
where I rode western and learned reining, cutting cows, and
trail patterns. Another hands-on class was Behavior and Training
where I was assigned my own “un-broken” youngster and was able
to train and ride him by the end of the semester. My curiosity
for other disciplines of riding led me to join the university’s
Polo Club, which was a blast to learn such a revered and classic
style of riding.
Since college, I wanted to expand my knowledge and
experience with horses even more. I spent a year and a half in
South Carolina, where, as a working student and Assistant
Trainer at multiple riding and training facilities, I received
hands-on experience with training horses and barn management.
My love for Texas eventually brought me back home, and I now
continue to stay active in the horse community here.
Bridget M. Bello-Alcoba
started riding at the age of 9 when she began taking western
equitation lessons in upstate New York. When she was 12 years
old, her parents bought her a horse and she quickly learned how
much she enjoyed horse ownership and competing in local shows
across New York and Long Island.
Bridget spent her college
years riding for the LIU CW Post Equestrian Team and continued
to compete as an Alumni member of the team for 5 years after
graduation. During graduate school at LIU, she was invited to
help with their equestrian team and had the opportunity to gain
invaluable experience helping to prepare the beginner and
intermediate riders for competition.
She is also a NY State
certified teacher and spent 15 years in the classroom where she
worked with 3 to 7-year-old children. Bridget and her family
recently moved to Lantana, TX in November of 2014.
Bridget began riding at
Flower Mound Farm soon after she moved to TX and was invited to
help with lessons there soon after. Her specialty is working
with children and adults who have never ridden before. Her
patience and knowledge of child development helps her understand
how to best motivate young riders and her fun and friendly
personality instantly puts adult riders at ease and a smiles on
has over 25 years of professional experience working with horses
and riders of all breeds and disciplines. She rode saddle seat
in her early youth and then went on to compete in hunter/jumper
and eventing divisions. In her early 20s she discovered her
passion for dressage and trained her first dressage horse, an
Appaloosa, up the levels to Prix St. Georges to earn her USDF
Bronze and Silver Medals. Her next mount, an Arabian, was also
an unlikely dressage candidate. He started his dressage career
with Mary at the age of 10 and was the IAHA Regional Champion at
Prix St. Georges by the age of 14. Since those early days, Mary
has trained a large variety of horses to numerous open and breed
specific titles. She is currently competing her 13 year old
Oldenburg gelding, Starrs and Stripes, at Intermediare I and her
6 year old Hanoverian gelding, Wrenegade, at 1st and 2nd Levels.
Mary is very proud to have earned her USDF medals on horses
she's started and trained up the levels herself, and she is
currently half way to her Gold Medal with Starrs and Stripes.