Winding Creek Stables
Leigh has been riding since 1984, showing since 1991 and teaching since 2008. As a Junior, Leigh rode with Katie Huber and showed dozens of small, medium and large ponies in the Children’s, VPBA, Green and Regular Pony divisions, and horses in the Children’s and 3’6” Juniors. As an Amateur she rode with Katie Huber, and then in College with Frank and Vivian Willard at Deep River Farm and showed in Adult, Equitation, and Amateur Owner divisions. She has also earned top ribbons in multiple pony and adult medal finals. She has competed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington DC at the Washington International Horse Show.
Leigh began teaching and riding professionally Virginia while working on her masters. She earned multiple High Point Trainer awards at several local horse show series, and her students have won top ribbons at shows from Upperville Colt & Horse Show to the prestigious Washington International Horse Show.
Leigh moved to Asheville in 2017 to be with her long time boyfriend and joined our team. Leigh is loving WCS and loves teaching riding to all ages and levels!
Leigh has a BA in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education from Brevard College and Masters in Special Education from Marymount University.
Cory Sprouse- Barn Manager/ Lead Barn Staff
Leigh Stitzer- Instructor
Erin began riding at the young age of five in New Hampshire. She began her formal training at the age of seven under Cindy Athans. She successfully competed in hunt seat shows throughout New England. After several years of showing hunters, Erin decided she wanted to further her riding ability and challenge herself. She began to pursue her dreams of Eventing (cross country, dressage, and show jumping). She competed through Training level before moving to South Carolina for college. While attending college, Erin helped run a therapeutic riding program and taught lessons at a local farm. Erin relocated to Asheville in 2011 when she received a job offer from a local non-profit. At that time, Erin began training under and for Stephanie O'Neill of Carolina Creekside Equestrian Center. In 2013, Erin joined the Winding Creek team as an instructor.
Christa's love of horses began at the age of three, when someone gave her a horse calendar. She began taking lessons at a local barn at the age of eleven and rode and competed in hunters until her Junior year of high school. At that time, she was given the opportunity to become a foreign exchange student. She spent a year in Argentina where she was able to further her riding ability. She even got to play some polo! When she returned to the states, she finished high school and began attending Clemson University, where she rode on the equestrian team. Following college, she rode when she could until she bought Cherokee and founded Winding Creek Stables a short time later.
Cory's introduction to horses came at the age of 8 when a neighbor moved in next door. Cory became a "barn rat", learning everything she could about horses and riding. Cory now manages the staff and horses at Winding Creek, where she keeps her horses, Echo and Twix.