Meet our Trainers!

Kelly Maddox

(925) 575-4818

Kelly started riding at the age of 7, while living in Japan. Kelly’s family moved every 2-3 years, and with every move, the passion for horses followed. As a young rider, Kelly had the opportunity to learn from many well known trainers, including; Gry and Duncan McFarlane, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Mickey Hayden and several others. Kelly has won multiple Medal Finals and while living in Canada, qualified for The Royal Winter Fair (Comparable to going East in the US). Kelly has been in business out of Shiloh West Equestrian Center since 2003. In this time, Kelly has developed a successful riding academy, leading IEA team, summer camp program, and competitive show stable traveling from coast to coast to reach our goals. Kelly feels that the trainer is the leader of a group of riders and horses and that horsemanship and sportsmanship should be taught and demonstrated by example. With this in mind, Kelly has established a fantastic group of riders that are both supportive of each other and very responsible when it comes to the care of their horses. Kelly’s goal as your trainer: ”To teach you how to think for yourself so that you learn to better understand your horse. Furthermore, to set short and long term goals for each rider and horse, individually. Lastly, to have fun doing what we are all so passionate about…riding our horses, whether it is taking lessons or competing on the A-circuit.”
Kieran Dulik
Barn Manager
Riding Academy Manager

(219) 510-2653

Information to come.
Sohrab Yousef Zadeh
Professional Rider
(310) 560-4549
Rob was born in Tehran, Iran. When he was 5-6 years old, each time his family went to their vacation house in the north of the country, he had the opportunity to ride his family friend’s horses. His love of horses grew, and at age 8, he started showing in the jumpers. After a few years of competitions, he began to ride for the International Junior Jumping Team for Iran. At the age of 18, Rob became a professional rider and spent the next 18 years training with, and working as assistant trainer for, the top 5 trainers in Iran. In 2016, Rob moved to the US. Since he came to California, he has been competing in the 1.30, 1.40 and grand prix levels.

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