Equestrian Instructor & Horse Trainer in New York
Amanda Starbuck has many interests. First and foremost, comes her interest in the well being of other people. Amanda has spent most of her life working towards helping others. Her first charitable work came about when she travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2004. There, Amanda had an opportunity to help the truly needed, and from then on she has continued to travel to Africa to volunteer in villages that lack the resources she had the luxury of enjoying in America. Moreover, Amanda has made it her lifelong mission to not only help humans, but also animals in need. She is a big supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society, ASPCA, and for the past six years she has headed the committee for the WCS branch at the Central Park Zoo.
Amanda is also an accomplished horseback rider. Growing up she competed on a national level collecting top prizes, like winning the National Professional Horseman’s Association from 1993 to 1995, the New England Horseman’s Adult Medal Finals in 1997, and being ranked as a top amateur before becoming a professional rider in 2007. Even though competitions have always been exciting for her, Amanda confesses that training is what really drives her. Nowadays Amanda splits her time between being a horse trainer and equestrian instructor at the equestrian center she co-owns with her sister, Starbuck Equestrian, and continuing to work with many philanthropic organizations. Aside from her international volunteerism and her work with animals, Amanda is also an active member in the Boys Club of New York and is the co-chair on the committee of the Fresh Air Fund.