William Upton is the visionary and founder of Windwood Equestrian and Windwood Weddings. William found his passion for horses at an early age when watching the Atlanta Olympics, and it’s only grown from there. Windwood is one of the countries most respected training and breeding facilities. William is what you would call a modern-day renaissance man. You are just as likely to find him in a tux at a black-tie gala supporting our community’s charities, or you can find him operating excavation equipment, a tractor, or tending to the horses. He’s a creative spirit at heart and a practical problem-solver. William is a dreamer, and he always sees the bigger picture which is how Windwood came to fruition. By opening his farm and home to others for them to enjoy and learn, he’s used Windwood as a way to share his love for horses and equestrian sports with the community with the community. He is an accomplished competitor, and his competitive roots initially began in three-day eventing. After competing through the preliminary level, he switched to show-jumping and, most recently, cross training in dressage. He believes horsemanship is the universal skill between all disciplines.
He’s trained with notable athletes such as: Mike Winter, Canadian Olympic rider (Eventing); Kyle Carter (Eventing); Peter Gray, Coach of Canadian Olympic team; Joe Farrgis, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ronnie Beard (Olympic Committee); George Morris, former Chef de equip; Jason Canton, Grand Prix (Dressage); Oded Shimony, Israeli Equestrian Team (Dressage); Andy Kocher, US Team rider (Show Jumping); Sloane Coles, US Team Rider (Show Jumping); Endel Ots, US Team Rider (Dressage); Arthur Kottas, Spanish Riding School; along with numerous European Grand Prix riders in Europe. When William isn’t riding or in the middle of farm activities he’s spending time with his wife, Arden. They love to travel together as well as spend time cooking and grilling. William is the visionary behind Windwood Equestrian. He fell in love with jumping during the 1996 Olympics and immediately started training, first in the discipline of Eventing where he found success on a preliminary level. William switched to Show Jumping to peruse more opportunities.
Arden Upton came to Windwood through love. She became an active part of the Windwood team when she married her beloved, William. Arden has been an animal lover all her life and dreamed of owning a horse of her own for all of her younger years. As a child, she asked for a pony every Christmas and birthday. Although those childhood dreams had to wait to happen, she now has plenty of horses and ponies in her life. Arden is always excited about Windwood, especially the breeding program. She spends a lot of time with the foals, young horses, and mares in their KWPN Dutch-Warmblood breeding program. You will most likely find her enjoying the horses in the barn, riding dressage, or photographing them. Photography has been a full-time career and a passion pf hers for 20 years now. When Arden and William were married, the wedding aspect of the farm came to life. She is very involved with the brides and families, and you will see her actively participating in almost every wedding at Windwood. Her favorite ways to relax are to travel with William or spend time with their pets which include their personal horses as well as two dogs and three cats.
the barns and training amenities are nestled into a rolling, wooded valley, surrounded by riding trails
What makes Windwood Equestrian unique
Windwood’s state of the art facility offers many amenities for both horse and rider. We offer over 200 acres of rolling hills perfect to house your FEI level horse or your young developing horse and all levels in between.
Sarah is an Alabama native and began riding at an early age. She has successfully shown throughout the United States and Europe; beginning with ponies as a child, and moving her way through junior hunters, to equitation, and then to “AA” Jumpers. She’s also qualified and competed at Pony Finals. Sarah considers her time in Hunters, especially in ponies and Junior Hunters, a great foundation for her teaching because she can connect with her students and understands the pressures a young rider goes through.
As a Junior rider she competed at top shows like: Devon, WEF (Winter Equestrian Festival, Wellington), and national indoors. Along with regularly receiving high placings, she was awarded Top 5 at WEF (USET). Sarah also qualified and competed in equitation finals.
As Sarah’s riding and goals grew, so did her accomplishments. She successfully navigated through Junior Hunters, Junior Equitation, Junior Jumpers, and, now, onto Jumpers. She has horse-showed and has a wealth of knowledge attained through hard work and dedication during both at-home training and horse show experience.
Before coming to Windwood Equestrian, Sarah worked with internationally acclaimed show jumper Andy Kocher. She was a major part of his riding and management team that enabled him to show in world class shows and ride for the United States Team. They traveled the world competing at shows such as US Nations Cup (Barcelona), Longines Masters (New York), and almost every top show that comes to mind across the United States.
When Sarah isn’t riding, she like to go out to eat, chat with friends and fellow riders about horses and shows, and spend time traveling.
Windwood Equestrian’s training is a comprehensive program for hunter, jumper, and equitation riders, as well as prospects and sale horses. Head trainer, Sarah Spencer, works with each horse and rider to foster strong basics and reach their goals.