Kella Powell Mathews began riding horses in 1986. Growing up in Florida, she was an active member of the United States Pony Club and competing in Combined Training. In 1997, she began attending the University of Findlay and was a student at their English Farm. As a senior, she began riding in “A” rated horse shows, in the Midwest competing in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Upon graduating in 2001, with a double major in Equestrian Studies and Equine Biological Sciences, she was chosen to be the 5th year intern. During her internship, she gained experience teaching the students’ Fundamentals of English Riding, horse showing and earned her Equine Management degree. She was then hired on as faculty teaching for the University, until she moved to Arizona in 2003.
In Arizona, she began working at Herrick Stables for professionals Tim and Susan Herrick. She was their assistant trainer for about 3 years; riding, teaching and going to horseshows. In 2007, she started her own hunter/jumper business, Cactus Hill Farm. Along with her own clients, she also taught lessons for top Arizona professional, A.J. Flynn at the Flynn Family Farm.
In 2008, Kella and her husband Jeremy returned to Florida to raise their twin boys, Ethan and Zachary. There she is a trainer at a small private barn, Finish Line Farm. She is doing what she loves best, riding and teaching her students how to ride well on her lesson horse, Teddy. Thanks to Precision Joint Solution, her 23 year old lesson horses, moves like he did when he was in his prime!
Kella Powell Mathews