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.
Liz Herzog has been with us for several years now, originally a student of Kathy's and now owns her own horse, Denver! She is enjoying the 3 Day Eventing scene and is not only an excellent student but an awesome instructor! She teaches the Weekly Riding Lessons and Summer Camps. She is currently studying to become a Large Animal Vet! What a delight it is to have her as a "member" of our horse family!
Kaitlynn Castro has been with us for a couple of years and really has a talent for working with small children. 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, summer camps and birthday parties and is helping to train Summer and Hook, our greener lesson horses for future riders!
Alexandra (Alex) Dyssegard joined us last February 2016 and brought with her years of experience riding with her mother, who grew up in Germany. She rehabilitated rescue horses at the Grace Foundation as well as teaching basic lessons to volunteers. She currently owns 3 rescue horses of her own, including KiWi, a TB mare boarded here at our barn.
Erin Madden joined us in August, taking up the slack in our Summer Camps. She proved herself a knowledgeable and experienced horsewoman who knew how to take care of the horses and her students competently. She currently teaches our Home Schoolers, weekly lessons, Birthday Parties and Girl Scouts, as well as helps to train green horses. She also have her first filly, an Arabian named Irridescent, the only horse in the barn that Summer will allow to chew off her tail (Grrrr!)
Other Items of Interest:
I am 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.
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Thank you for your interest in Hillside Training Stables!