horse Training

About horse training with megan

Megan believes horses thrive in a relaxed and consistent atmosphere. Horses in eventing training with Megan learn all aspects of the sport of eventing in a personalized and focused training program. 

Whether your horse is in Midland, TX, Temecula, CA or traveling with Megan from show to show, Megan takes great pride in caring for each horse with the utmost detail. 

Megan enjoys working with many different types of horses, including young horses, amateur horses, or upper level prospects. Megan believes training the horse to be the best it can be under saddle is very important, but riding can not improve without a good base to start with. 

Horsemanship is very important to Megan for all horses in her program. She believes having a horse with a good understanding of ground work, manners, and boundaries is the first step in creating a relationship with a horse so it is ready and willing to learn. 

Whatever the goals are for your horse, Megan's training program will improve the knowledge and strength of your horse so it can fulfill its highest potential. 

Horses in training are kept either at clients personal barns or at our facility, Northwest Stables in Midland. Northwest Stables is a full care boarding and training facility. It is a smaller more intimate barn with a lot of focused attention on each client. Northwest Stables is one of the only full service facilities with two very experienced trainers that can help with any horse training needs. 

If you are interested in Megan's horse training service, please contact her using the form below.  

the dynamic team that produces competitive horses

When you choose to work with Megan, you also get the benefit of working with her amazing team.  Megan highlights the foundation of that team with her very talented husband Reed Sykes and his Natural Horsemanship Training and Colt Starting business: Devout Horsemanship. 


Megan, in conjunction with her husband Reed, have developed over many years what they both believe is the correct balance in their horsemanship practices that they are passionate about which include English and Western disciplines. This development is designed to create the true foundation that gives the horse the balance, patience, and discipline needed for the extreme demands of the sport, while also presenting the owner the true enjoyment of being with their equine partner. This development of foundation is designed to be utilized whether it is in the show ring, in the barn, or on a good hacking ride.

Megan also believes this very concept of developing the horse correctly and achieving these key fundamentals has given her a competitive edge due to the understanding and trust her horses have with her both while under saddle and not under saddle.  Classics Eventing hopes to pass this along to all that work with Megan and receive the benefits of this great partnership developed by Megan and Reed Sykes. 

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About Reed Sykes 

Reed graduated from Sam Houston State in 2008 at this point he decided to get serious about his riding. He started following a gentleman named Buck Brannaman. This led him to many other great horseman including Pat Puckett, Joe Wolter, Peter Cambell and the list goes on. These horseman have helped open his eyes to the ways of the horse. 

Reed's Training Philosophy

Reed believes in having patience with every horse, and knows it can't all be done in one day. He says the horse has no concept of time nor money, the horse physically doesn't have those parts of his brain. Reed doesn't believe in using the latest gimmick or bit to hurry a horse into compliance . Reed believes everything we can do with a horse has already been figured out, right and wrong, through his extensive studying of not only western horsemanship but many other disciplines. 


He wants a partnership with the horse. Reed can be heard saying "listen to the horse, he will tell you."


Reeds goal is to have his horses perform high level movements all while staying sound in their body and mind. His training objective is to train a horse so it can easily perform in a multitude of jobs and disciplines. 

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Devout Horsemanship Services:


Colt Starting

For a horse that is ready to be started under saddle.

Horsemanship 1

For a green rider or green horse. Participants will be put through a variety of basic maneuvers.


Horsemanship 2

For the more advanced rider or horse that is wanting to take the next step with their horsemanship. 

Problem Solving

For Horses that have issues. Including but not limited to loading in the trailer, standing tied, standing still to mount, etc.


To find out more about Devout Horsemanship or services Reed Sykes can offer:

Instagram: @devout_horsemanship

Facebook: Devout Horsemanship

Phone Number: 432-288-0266