About Liberty Meadows
At Liberty Meadows we believe in teamwork; from the relationship directly between horse and trainer, to our relationships with their owners, grooms, veterinarians & farriers…Everyone works together to meet the goals for each horse.
Ryan Stand has been involved in the Arabian horse industry his entire life. He grew up at Strand’s Arabian Stables in Toddville, IA, learning basic horsemanship under the guidance of both his grandfather, Ed and his uncle, Jody. As a youth rider, he showed in all disciplines.
After high school, Ryan spent four years working for Stanley White Junior at White Rock Farms in Argyle, TX. After a short break from the horse business, he returned to Iowa to work under his uncle Jody. In 2000, Ryan moved to Kansas City and started Liberty Meadows Training Center, with the goal of building a training and amateur business specializing in saddle seat horses. That same year, he won his first national championship as a professional at the Canadian Nationals in Half-Arabian Country Driving with Sir George RL+//.
Since then, Liberty Meadows has continued to grow and expand and has had national champions in the U.S. and Canada in every major division. Ryan’s philosophy that learning never stops and to always be open to new ideas and training advice has allowed him to benefit from many of the top trainers in the industry who are open to sharing information.
LMTC remains steadfast in its commitment to operate at a high level of care, horsemanship, show ring success and customer service.
Elise Strand grew up showing Arabian horses and has always had a passion for helping people of all ages and skill levels develop their riding abilities. From teaching very first riding lessons to helping National Champion riders and horses reach top level dreams, Elise takes pride in every detail of the journey.
Working in a large lesson program in Springfield, MO as a young adult, Elise learned she had a love of teaching. She then helped start and develop a lesson and youth show program in Indianapolis. In 2008 Elise moved to Kansas City and continued her career in instructing at Liberty Meadows. During this time, she has helped many people achieve a wide range of goals, from first classes at horse shows to winning titles at the highest level of competition, and is ready to share her passion and help you achieve your individual aspirations.