About The Instructors:

Kathleen Pead, owner and Head Instructor, has been teaching lessons since 1976 and riding horses since she was 3 years old. She earned her British Horse Society Asst. Instructors Certification in 1973 and the American Horse Shows Instructor Certification in 1974.

She learned to love 3 Day Eventing while studying in England and chose to continue riding and teaching Dressage and Jumping here in California. She taught in Southern California as well as Australia for a short time before permanently residing here in Orangevale in 1986. Her eventing horse, Geoffrey, was the barn activities manager and entertained everyone who came to visit.

Kaitlynn Castro has been with us for several years and really has a talent for working with students of all ages. She too was one of Kathy's students back when she was 8 years old. Her mother and sister shared their first horse Cutter together at our barn. She now owns a Draft Cross Gelding she does Dressage and Jumping with. She teaches all levels of weekly lessons and summer camps and is training Reggie, our newest Star up for sale!


Nicole Castro joined us this past year and brought with her experience teaching at the other barns where they kept their family horse, Cutter.  She currently shares Sampson, the newest family horse with Kaitlynn and her mother.


Savanah Gates joined us in November and was fortunate enough get to attend Meredith Manor back East! This school is similar to the on Kathy attended in England, only in the American Version. These schools are great because they are very thorough and teach you everything from A to Z in the horse world.


Shelley Zari is our newest Mommy & Me Instructor.  Shelley grew up on horseback and was fortunate enough to travel around the country to various shows competing  on her family horses. She took a break to raise her family but is now back and does well working with the young kids.

Other Items of Interest:

I am always interested in and looking for Working Students. My personal goal is to train Instructors to teach others effectively. If you are interested in a possible career with horses, feel free to contact Kathy Pead for more information. We also are always looking for workers to trade riding lessons as well.

Feel free to come by and take a look at the facility, but please do not attempt to pet or feed the horses until you have spoken with Kathy or one of the other instructors. Keep all children with you, and please do not bring your pets.

Also, you can send us your feedback about our programs or our website by clicking the "Feedback" link that is conveniently placed at the bottom of each page.

Thank you for your interest in Hillside Training Stables!

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Hillside Horse Stables, Summer Camps & Birthday Parties: 9065 Oak Avenue Orangevale, CA. 95662 (916) 987-1667