Wanda Weldy (Livelsberger) – Head Trainer 

Tie_WWa I was born and raised in San Diego and being a horse brokers daughter I began my riding career before I could walk. By the age of 4 I was breaking my own ponies and at age 5 I headed for the show ring. I began showing in Western Pleasure but was soon drawn to share the love of Hunter/Jumpers with my sister Wendy. I purchased my first jumping pony, “Springtime,” at the age of 7 for one dollar, of which I payed for in change out of my piggy bank. Springtime was for sale because the show barn she was at didn’t have any kids that could ride her. Springtime taught me and I taught her. We progressed from cross-rails to 2’6″ but tragically she passed away before our debut in Pony Hunters.
Many more ponies came and went through our family ranch, all of which I trained in various disciplines according to their strengths and sold. In order to show horses for sale, our family business required that I be well schooled in Dressage, Western Pleasure, Trail, AND Hunter/Jumpers. I am very thankful for this versatile background as it now gives me the unique opportunity of a broad skill set for my training business.

By the age of 10 my older sister was outgrowing  her Connemara pony, Killer Kelly, and felt that I had come far enough to take him over. Killer had earned his name only due to the fact that he had been saved from slaughter by my mom at the age of 2. Now at the age of 10 he was still afraid of his own shadow but had the biggest heart of any pony I have ever met. Through some trial and tribulation we finally found our bond and we achieved many Pony Hunter championships as well as successfully competing in Jumpers through 3’6″. In fact, one day, when we were both 14 years old that amazing large pony sprouted wings for me and we won a local high jumping contest at 4’6″.
Later, at the age of 16, I launched my equestrian teaching career by starting a training business called “Hot to Trot”. I taught children basic horsemanship skills and hunt seat and we participated in local and one-day county shows.

Through the years I have had the opportunity to teach in many different programs always learning and growing as an instructor as well as a rider. Now, 23 years later, I’m enjoying my ownership of Royal Oak Stables where I can combine my passion of educating young riders with developing equine athletes in preparation for the show arena.

Or to put it simply, I love to teach kids

The MOST rewarding aspect of my work is watching my students fall in love and truly appreciate the horses they work with. I then, only need to take that bond and help them both focus it toward success.

A tribute to
“Killer Kelly”
For 25 years I was watched over, taken care of and unconditionally loved by a very special pony with an oversized heart.
He taught me many of life’s valuable lessons and helped me to see what was truly important.
Killer Kelly gave me wings to fly, he helped me to soar over every trial and every journey that life took me through.
I only hope that each of my students can have a similar experience to take with them through life.

Killer_Wendy

Killer Kelly
1977 – 2004
Thank You for everything
We love and miss you