Finding great matches between riders and horses is a priority at Kelly Maddox Training. We feel that every rider has a style and feel that fits a different horse. Taking the time to find good matches between horse and rider is vital in building rider confidence. It is critical that horse and rider have a positive relationship to become a successful team.
Kiera Hennigan & Acortair
(KMT Amateur Rider)
Mom of Alexis Cristiano
(pictured with Stoneridge)
Winner of the NorCal Senior Medal Final, 2020
Since I moved to KMT in 2012 I have grown tremendously as a rider and more importantly as a person. KMT has a positive and welcoming environment that inspires people of every age to pursue their love of horses. Personally, Team KMT has educated me from a young junior rider learning the basics to being extremely competitive as an amateur. The trainers constantly strive to make KMT feel like a family, whether it is sending out weekly updates to inform everyone on what is new or trying to incorporate clinics and activities to keep the barn interesting. Whether you are a part of the incredible IEA team, competing competitively at an A-rated level, attending our schooling shows, or simply learning the basics at the riding academy, Kelly truly aims to make everyone feel included. She is not only a wonderful and thoughtful trainer who seeks to make every experience a positive one, but a truly inspiring role-model and leader.
(KMT Amateur Rider)
If you are a beginner or competing at the highest level, KMT can help you jump to the next level. The training and horse care is first class. Kelly Maddox leads a team of riders who are dedicated to their horses, their sport and each other - bringing out the best this sport can offer. KMT got me back in the saddle as an amateur after a 15 year hiatus and now my young daughter is riding as well. I love that it’s both a competitive barn and a place where kids and adults alike can hang out and enjoy being around horses. The values that are taught alongside the riding instruction sets this program apart from many others. Kelly Maddox is professional, honest and has built a fun and family-like barn atmosphere that makes coming to the barn a joyful experience every time. We love Team KMT!
Erika Carlson & Zendaya
(KMT Amateur Rider)
"My daughters and I moved to KMT back in 2009. We have loved the challenging and fun learning environment plus the top quality horses. KMT is not only a show barn, but emphasizes horsemanship and all around horse and rider care. If you love every aspect of riding and horsemanship, this is the perfect place!!!"
My daughter Alexis started in Kelly’s training program about 13 years ago when she was 10 years old. Kelly has always been a wonderful role model for my daughter. Under her leadership and guidance, Alexis became a confident rider and, perhaps more importantly, developed a strong work ethic that allowed her to perform better both as an athlete and in school. Kelly has done a fantastic job in creating a family-like environment at the barn, which over the years has served as my daughter’s second home. It was comforting to know that our horses were always receiving the best of care from Kelly and her staff. Alexis and I are so grateful to be a part of this big barn family!
(Mother of Kalin Ross)
From the moment we arrived at Kelly Maddox two years ago, we have been continuously impressed. Not only do Kelly and her staff communicate expectations clearly enough that even this non-horsey parent understands what is needed, but they are just as clear and respectful with the riders. Kelly quickly understood my child. She then systematically and patiently helped her improve her skills and her confidence, both as a rider, and as a young human. Kelly is strict, but understanding. She is firm, but she is also warm and fun. Her barn is clean. Her horses are healthy. And, because she will tolerate nothing less, her students are kind. Kelly’s emphasis isn’t just to build good riders… but to help build good people. All you have to do is walk into the barn to feel it! We love the program; we love the barn; we love Kelly.
(Daughter is Ruby Trost-Goldhammer, pictured riding Crown Royal)
Kelly is the BEST - she is a fantastic trainer, a terrific role model, and a fair and honest businesswoman. KMT is a community that fosters joy, kindness, and collaboration. Under Kelly’s care and training, my teen has become a beautiful rider; more importantly, though, she has emerged a more confident, resilient, and generous human being.