Makendra Burns brings passion to her teaching and training, pushing for the best a rider or horse can do, but not more. Confidence is most important! But that does not mean excellence is not the goal. Makendra brings skills and knowledge from riding at the Advanced level in eventing and in multiple CCIs, dressage and A rated jumper shows, and even natural horsemanship to her teaching. There are many ways to communicate to both riders and horses, but effective communication is key. A plan and order are needed to reach your goals, and relationship based on integrity to offer support on your journey.
David & Karen O'Connor
Some competition results:
2015- FEH East Coast Championships free jumping Champion- Rubichez
2013 FEH East Coast Championships- 2nd yearling colt- Rubichez
Reserve Champion Yearling- Rubichez
6th overall - Rubichez
2011 VA Field Hunter Championships qualifier- Ms. Gia
2005 Radnor CCI**- 8th place- All Star Secret
2005 USEA Intermediate Championships- 9th- All Star Secret
2003 Morven Park CCI*- 10th place - All Star Secret
Mutiple novice-Advance wins and placings
Ribbons at Culpeper & Upperville
Offered a place on the 2006 US training eventing list with All Star Secret
36688 Philomont rd
Sunday- no lessons
Monday- no lessons
July 2023- Adult Riding Camp at Grove Point Stables in MD.
~Sunflowers, trails, riding in the bay, yummy food, ax- throwing, and horsemanship were part of the fun for Makendra with her horse Nugget and Angela (a Tsaheylu boarder) with her horse Langley. After lots of preparation to get our horses fit, and logistics to get there, we ended up having a wonderful time!
Tsaheylu Farm moved from Marshall to a lovely horse farm in Philomont August 2019. The entire operation is run by Makendra and the emphasis is on teaching. Lessons are taught on either Makendra’s personally trained horses, or your own. There is limited boarding for student’s horses. The farm boasts a large outdoor ring, access to trails, 13+ acres of pasture, airy aisle way & stalls, 2 wash stalls with warm water, an organized heated tack room, and heated office, picnic tables with shade cover, and most importantly a wonderful, supportive community. The Philomont General Store is a 30sec drive or 2min walk down a gravel road, along with the Philomont Playground & Community Center. Easy access from rt7, rt50, or rt267 (the toll rd).
August 15 2015- Lacey's newest filly Ribbons & Lace (aka Roxette) was amazing at her RPSI inspection, winning Site Champion Foal and Gold Premium with a score of 8.6! Lacey has a huge trot but Roxette was passing her in trot that just floated across the ground. Plus Roxette is sweet, kind, and has a wonderful sense to her. Love this girl!
May 16 2015 Lacey had her baby and it's a girl! Beautiful markings, this girl is vibrant and well put together. I wouldn't change a thing about her. Labor went great, although Lacey tried to sneak out to pasture to have her baby and I caught her just before her water broke. We will name her soon.<
Nov 5 2014
Faith and Juliet both got 6th place over all at the Redgate Farm Horse Show Year End Awards banquet. It was a wonderful time and the girls felt very proud. Plus they got a great goodie bag and a big ribbon!
Nov 2 2014
Rubichez competed at the USEA FEH East Coast Championships. He placed 4th in the 2yr old Colt division and was very well behaved. I will most likely be heading him towards the jumper or dressage ring in the future but the FEH program is wonderful to get the young ones out and used to the show atmosphere.
June 7 2014
Upperville Horse Show- Leadline
Twinkles took both Juliet and Faith to Upperville leadline this June. Both girls got a coveted rainbow ribbon and had a blast. On to walk/trot classes for Faith.
April 25 2014
Juliet and Faith Burns rode in the Lead Line division at the Philomont Horse Show. Faith placed 2nd, and at Juliet's first show she placed second and third, but the lollipop was the most appreciated prize! Twinkles was a star too!
April 24 2014
Freestyle x Nabiola Filly is Here!
Nabiola had a black filly by Freestyle at 1:40AM Friday morning! She has two hind socks, a large star, and a super sweet disposition. The labor went smoothly and Nabiola is a wonderful, attentive mother. The filly loves racing back and forth in her pasture, until she plops down for a rest with her mama standing guard. The other broodmares, who will have foals next spring, look jealous:)