Owner and Trainer
Sydney Kornman has spent her entire life in the horse world. Unlike so many others who grew up at boarding stables with no responsibility for their horses, Sydney grew up with horses at home, cherishing the natural environment and daily care. This would develop into a lifelong passion. In 2002, she fueled that passion with the founding of Idylwood Stables.
Having been brought up with the horsemanship principles of 4-H and Pony Club, she chooses to avoid the conventional approach of training, adopting a hands-on curriculum over standardized education, and seeks to train riders in every aspect of daily equine care and maintenance. She quips, "When a rider graduates from my program, they should be able to go out and train their own horse with some input from others, rather than being totally dependent on others."
Her English riding career began with Eventing. The pure adrenaline of cross country thrilled her and she admired the tremendous physical demands of dressage. "It was the one sport that really brought me to my knees." But it was her introduction to the art of equitation, through Jen Hamilton in Canada, that won her heart. "It's like the difference between ice skating and hockey," she says, "One's elegant, one's brutal. I don't want to see a rider's effort. Show me poise."
Sydney's engaging personality brings out the best in people and their equine partners. She prides herself on building a complete rider. She often starts her students as early as five years old (Idylwood Stables summer camps are where many of her current adult riders found their start) and takes them all the way to the highest levels. She also coached Texas Equestrian, an IHSA team at UT-Austin, for five years, taking riders to Regionals and Zones.
Sydney also has great admiration for the therapeutic value of horses and believes there is much more to be learned about the workings of the mind when human and equine interact. She actively promotes therapeutic riding and hippotherapy and supports many local organizations in Austin.
I love Idylwood Stables! Sydney is a wonderful human being and has so much passion for horses and training. She truly cares about her students and boarders. The number one priority at Idylwood is the happiness and health of the horses. They are treated like royalty! Her training style is very positive and encouraging. She will continue to challenge you, ultimately making you a more confident rider. I have tried almost every barn in the Austin area but none of them have that "barn family" feel like Idylwood! Feels like home. - Hannah Z.
We can not say enough about Sydney's commitment to each and every rider. Under her guidance my child has developed, not only as a rider, but also in the areas of responsibility, focus and work ethic. At Idylwood, they don't just produce better riders, they produce better kids. - Kim H.
Sydney and Idylwood have always cared for the horses with the highest level of care. Idylwood is one of the few places left that allows horses to be horses, with ample turnout, which in my mind is priceless. I have sent two horses there over the years and both have received the best care, training, and most importantly LOVE. The clients are all supportive and caring which creates a wonderful place for learning and growing! - Rachael W.