Meet our Trainers!
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 began riding at the age of 6, when she begged her mom for lessons. That was the beginning of her lifelong love for horses! Her family moved overseas for several years and she STILL found places to ride, even in Japan! Upon returning to the US, at 14, Kieran finally got her very own horse and never looked back. During her years as a junior rider she competed in the junior hunters (and jumpers), and her favorite, the equitation and medals! Over the years Kieran was lucky enough to ride with lots of outstanding trainers: Lowry Jones, Laura Stern, Hiedi Cowley, Gry McFarlane,
and Victor Hugo-Vidal...Just to name a few!
In later years, Kieran's growing family settled down in Northwest Indiana where her three kids grew up. Her girls, also horse lovers, began riding and showing under her guidance. There were not a lot of trainers close by to help coach her girls, so she opened Castle Heart Farms over 18 years ago to train and coach riders of all ages. Definitely a family operation! Her riders competed in local and regional rated shows, and each year the team had riders qualifying for medal finals and year end awards.
Coaching others and barn management has always been something she loved to do, and Kelly had been asking her to join Team KMT for a very long time...to bring her experience west. This Fall of 2020, it was the right time to do just that! She now joins our team as the Barn and Riding Academy Manager at Team KMT, and we are very excited to have her!
Dana started riding at the age of 9 in Erie, PA. Shortly following the start of her riding career Dana’s family moved to Topeka, KS where she continued her early career. She attributes her early riding and horsemanship foundation to one of her mentors, Kathy Child at Crooked Post Farm. After competing in the hunters and equitation under Kathy for her first few years, Dana worked with many Midwest based influential trainers including Brandi Holloway, Jane Schweiger, Alex Granato and Teri Knowlton. She then turned her focus solely on the jumper divisions, where she competed throughout the Midwest in the High Junior/Amateur Jumpers as well the Young Jumper Championships, spending many years on the Winter Circuit in both Ocala and Gulfport, MS.
Dana attended the University of Kansas where she studied Journalism and Communication Studies all the while she competed at shows. Upon graduation, Dana took her love for the West Coast and horses to Los Angeles, CA, where she worked in the Events Department at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. This is where she met many reputable, area based trainers and landed an Assistant Trainer position under Jim Hagman at Elvenstar. Jim quickly became a very influential mentor, and Dana in turn was offered an exciting Barn Manager/Rider position in Wellington, FL and Lexington, KY under the direction of Kent Farrington. Dana traveled throughout the East Coast, along with a Summer series at the elite Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta.
Upon her return to the states, Dana moved to the Bay Area and worked and competed under Harley & Olivia Brown. Dana’s experience and passion for horses has landed her the Assistant Trainer position at KMT where she works alongside both Kelly Maddox and Kieran Dulik. Dana enjoys working with clients and taking on the role as both rider and trainer, while also remaining focused on advancing her riding, horsemanship skills and experience in KMT’s specialized training program.