Lenux Stables is owned and operated by Quintus and Brooke VanderSpuy, a husband and wife team with a passion for horses and teaching. They share over 30 years of professional experience in training American Saddlebred horses and teaching English Saddle Seat riding. More importantly, they have a passion for sharing their knowledge and love of horses with their customers.
Both are proud members of the United Professional Horseman's Association (UPHA), The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), American Road Horse and Pony Association (ARHPA) the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas (ASAC) and the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA).
Brooke and Quintus are experienced in training juvenile and amateur horses, young prospects and Hackney ponies. They also are gifted instructors with the ability to adjust to riders of all ages and experience levels. They love teaching riders who have a goal of becoming a World's Champion, those who only want to come for a weekly ride, and every rider in between.
Owner / Trainer
Quintus was born and raised in the Republic of South Africa, where he first began training American Saddlebred show horses. Following his love for the American Saddlebred, Quintus moved to the United States in 1995 to further his career. In pursuit of accomplishing his dream of opening his own training stable, he trained with some of the top Saddlebred trainers in the United States. Quintus enjoys training Open and Amateur horses as well as Hackney Ponies and babies.
Quintus believes that patience is the foundation for training and his "horse whisperer" ways have proven him to be a great rider, trainer and teacher. Quintus has won several World's Championship titles and has led amateurs and juveniles alike to numerous wins & top ribbons all over the country.
Owner / Trainer
Brooke (Bodenhorst) VanderSpuy grew up riding horses and has continued to pursue that passion throughout her entire life. Thanks to the expertise of Ceil Wheeler, Brooke won the title of Reserve World's Champion in Equitation at a very young age. Riding under two of North Carolina's top trainers, Lewis Eckard and Cash Lovell, Brooke spent her high school and college years showing top contenders across the East Coast.
After her graduation from Wake Forest University, Brooke and Quintus were married and began their life together, opening Lenux Stables & Riding Academy, Inc. Brooke's love for horses is paired with her gift for teaching. Her true passion is teaching riding lessons. Brooke really gets to know her students and their families and loves passing on her love for horses to each of them.
JANE HART BECKER HANNAN
Asst. Trainer / Riding Instructor
Jane Hart (Becker) Hannan is the daughter of UPHA Hall of Famer, Bill Becker. She is a fourth generation horsewoman with a rich history in the equine world. At the young age of nine she was featured on a Kids Worldtelevision special highlighting her equine skills. If you ask her she will tell you that, yes, in fact, she was born and raised in a barn!
A Reserve World's Champion in the prestigious Saddle Seat Equitation Division as a junior exhibitor, Jane Hart has shown at every major horse show in America. She has trained and shown American Saddlebreds, Roadster horses and Hackney Ponies. Her expertise lies in the training of young horses as well as putting the finish that is necessary on a horse that is ready to enter the performance arena.
Jane Hart joined the Lenux team in the spring of 2014. She is known for her gentle touch as a riding instructor and is a talented horsewoman in her own right.
Brooke and Quintus have known Lauren for 15 years. When Lauren first started riding horses at Cash Lovell Stables, Brooke was a student at Wake Forest and riding at the same barn. Both Quintus and Brooke were working at Cash Lovell Stables and got to know and love the Riggins family. Lauren and her mom, Melanie, helped start the Lenux Stables Birthday Parties 8 years ago. As a youth, Lauren was very active in ASAC (the American Saddlebred Association of the Carolina's) She is a former ASAC Youth President, Historian and recipient of the Margarent Stewart Youth Memorial Award. In 2009, She was awarded ASAC Juvenile of the Year.
Lauren loves teaching riding lessons and helping riders create a bond with the horses while learning to ride. She loves sharing what she describes as her, "one true passion," and teaching others what she loves. Lauren's favorite division to show in is the Roadster Horse Under Saddle Class on her favorite horse, Texas Pete. She is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington.