Lacy Hudson began riding in Austin, Texas in 1977, showing successfully locally and on the national level throughout her childhood. Over the course of her junior years, Lacy worked with Steve Hummel, William Martin, George Sayo, Mike McCormick, Orley Dehoyas, and Phoebe Johnson, and competed in her first Grand Prix at age 14. During her high school years, Lacy focused on equitation, going on to win several medals in the AHSA, USEF, and Maclay, as well as numerous other accolades.
Lacy attended Texas A&M to study Exercise Physiology and Business, where she played on the polo team and showed on the IHSA team, while also continuing to show nationally. After winning a scholarship, Lacy trained and showed under the tutelage of the legendary George Morris for several months. Following college, Lacy continued to bring along young horses while managing her retail stores and clothing company.
In 2006, Lacy returned to Austin to begin her career as a trainer. Since becoming a professional, she has trained several successful young riders to compete at Junior Finals, Medal Finals, and helped these young riders continue their development through NCEA Scholarships. Lacy's own daughters, Caitlin and Mackenzie, are proof of her keen eye and training ability. Caitlin Hudson, the eldest, accumulated many awards in the equitation ring throughout her junior career and now pursues a Master of Business Administration at Concordia University, while also starting and training her own young horses. Mackenzie Hudson turned to the jumper ring early in her junior years and has only excelled from there. Through the training, experience, and opportunities she gained by Lacy's hand, Mackenzie first stepped into the FEI ring in 2019, earning 8th place in a 2* Grand Prix. Today, Lacy and her family call Manor Equestrian Center home. She is a vital part of the Manor team and we are honored to have the privilege of riding with her.
Jessica Glidden has dedicated her professional career to sharing her respect and passion for horses and the sport with her riders. She enjoys working with riders of all ages and levels, and is adamant about enabling the horse and rider pair to reach their equestrian goals.
Jessica grew up riding outside of Boston, Massachusetts and started competing in primary school. She has had the privilege of riding with and learning from notable instructors and trainers from multiple disciplines including, but not limited to Beverly Monroe, Carsten Myer, Deb Rosen, Jill Weinstein, Gail Harington, and US Olympian Dottie Morkis. She has been riding and working with Daniel Bedoya, Sr for over five years.
She received a full tuition scholarship to Hamilton College and co-founded the Hamilton College IHSA Equestrian Team, in which she competed successfully in the top divisions. Jessica has extensive experience competing successfully nationally and locally. Her primary focus is in equitation, hunters and jumpers with an emphasis on lateral work, correct and effective position, and connection between horse and rider. She has significant experience and a gift for starting and developing young horses for their competitive careers.
Jessica has continued to ride, teach, train young horses, and compete throughout her adult life. She combines her equestrian pursuits with a professional career in Business and Development, working for one of the most significant international NGOs, and also serving on the Board of Directors of HorseLink, a nonprofit that provides sanctuary and renewed purpose to retired competition horses and a place of healing and growth for people.
With over 25 years of experience working with horses and a decade in the private and not-for-profit sectors, Jessica is the utmost professional and is eager to share her equestrian and professional skills with the MEC team. Her attention to detail, deep understanding of horsemanship and stable management, and interpersonal skills help ensure that MEC can provide the best care and stewardship to its riders and their equine partners.