About Zubrod Stables
Bonnie Zubrod - Manager
Bonnie Zubrod, the founder of Zubrod Stables, was around horses from an early age. Her interest first stemmed from watching the Kentucky State Fair horse shows with her parents every year, and by the time she was a teenager she owned her first horse. When Bonnie had children, they too became interested in horses, and she began teaching her daughter, Cindy when she was a young girl. They rented stalls from some of the top barns in the Louisville area, and with the help of Bonnie's older son, Art, began training and selling horses, in addition to teaching. Zubrod Stables was moved to it's current facility about 25 years ago. Bonnie has started the careers of hundreds of riders over the years. An accomplished rider herself, she now continues to manage the facility from her home on the property.
Cindy Zubrod Boel - Trainer
Cindy Zubrod Boel stepped on a horse for the first time when she was just 4-years-old. She took her first lessons at Rock Creek Riding Club with Miss Jane Fleming and Jim B. Robertson. She began competing at six and thanks to Cecil Wheeler, was soon afterwards riding world-champion caliber Saddlebreds. Cindy began her love of teaching when she was just a teenager. During the summers she would work for her mother – helping teach lessons, train and continued to catch-ride for other horsemen.
Cindy has established herself as a top-notch equitation instructor, teaching some of the nation’s greatest equitation riders and horses. She took home her first equitation world championship title as trainer more than 20 years ago and since then has amassed over 20 world championships and 29 national and reserve national championships and taught riders on 5 US World Cup teams.
Her list of world and national title holders in the equitation ranks reads like a who’s who – from 8-and under riders (who she has superbly teamed with their horses) to older aged group riders that have continued on through their adult years.
Cindy’s dedication to the Saddlebred, and more specifically the equitation community spreads far and wide. She is co-chair of the United States Saddle Seat World Cup, as well as co-chair of the USEF Saddle Seat Equitation committee. She was the 2008 recipient of the Helen Crabtree Equitation Instructor Hall of Fame award.
Renee Zubrod - Asst. Trainer
Renee Zubrod, the youngest niece of Cindy, is a world and national champion equitation and performance rider. She began riding when she was only 18 months old, and started competing at shows by herself when she was not even 5-years-old. In 1995, Renee was undefeated in walk-and-trot equitation. She has won 2 national championships, countless world championship titles, and also had the opportunity to compete in international competition - traveling to South Africa with the United States Saddle Seat Invitational Three and Five-Gaited team in 2003. Renee became a professional in 2004, shortly after graduating from Lexington Catholic High School. She spent two years working as an assistant trainer to esteemed Saddlebred trainer, Nelson Green. In 2006 Renee began working at the family stable where she grew up. She assists Cindy in all of the training duties at Zubrod, and she particularly enjoys working with the young horses, training the 2 and 3-year-olds at the barn.
Deveau Zubrod - Asst. Manager/Instructor
Deveau Zubrod, Renee's older sister, is a world and national equitation and performance rider. As a juvenile rider, she was reserve national champion in the 1999 NHS Good Hands Finals, in addition to many top 10 placings in national competition, and 2 adult national titles. She was also named the American Saddlebred Horse Association's Frank Ogletree Youth Award winner in 2000. Deveau has competed in international competition twice, with the US Saddle Seat World Cup team. In 2000 her and her teammates took home the silver medal, and in 2006 as captain of the three-gaited team, she brought home the gold, from Parys, South Africa. Deveau graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 2005 with a bachelor of science in Journalism. After graduation, Deveau worked for three years at the United States Trotting Association and it's associated Hoof Beats magazine as its director of advertising. In May, 2009 Deveau and her husband, Mike moved from Columbus, Ohio back to her roots in Louisville so that she could follow her dream of working with the horses and her family. Deveau works with both beginner and advanced riders in the lesson program, and also works with her grandmother, Bonnie on the managerial side of the barn.
Sarah Tompkins - Instructor
Sarah Tompkins is an accomplished rider and instructor. She began riding at the age of 12, and was under the instruction of Renee Von Zomeran at Timber Hills Farm for most of her juvenile career. Sarah competed in both Pleasure and Pleasure Equitation, and in her final junior exhibitor year, she was top 10 in the Pleasure Olympics and the Pleasure Medallion finals. Sarah graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998. Immediately after graduating, Sarah moved to Kentucky and worked for Jo Cornell for the next 7 years. In August of 2005 she started working for Zubrod Stables. Sarah has been awarded Instructor of the Year at the National Academy Finals in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. She enjoys working with the younger riders and with Zubrod's thriving academy program.