John Lambert received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at Michigan State University. After graduation, he owned and operated Lambert Arabians where he trained and showed many purebred and half-Arabian horses to National Championships in the Open and Amateur divisions. John closed Lambert Arabians to take the position as head trainer at the WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center at Cal Poly University, Pomona. During that time, John was instrumental in developing the annual Production Auction, which now has the reputation as the go-to auction for young show and breeding prospects. John also had a major impact with the breeding herd at the WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center. In this role John was instrumental in soliciting donations from stallion owners to the industry’s leading sires to produce several very exciting groups of foals. John is proud to hold his Large R Arabian judges card, judging every major show in North America, including the U.S. National Championships, Canadian National Championships and Scottsdale All Arabian Horse Show. John is also a sought after International Judge.
John Lambert left Cal Poly for a short time to manage and train for Stachowski Farms West, a division of the largest Arabian training operation in the world. Lambert is now very excited to return in his new role as Executive Director of the WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center at Cal Poly Pomona. He looks forward to connecting the Arabian Horse Center to the Arabian horse industry as well as engaging with the local community. More importantly, John looks forward to engaging the students, faculty and staff, while making the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center a more interactive facility on campus.
Kelly Pina previously worked at the WK Kellogg Arabian Horse Center for 14 years and we are delighted to welcome her back as an Administrative Analyst. Kelly is an avid historian of all things Kellogg and enjoys being able to work in the place WK Kellogg founded. She has a vast knowledge of the Kellogg legacy and continually studies the history and is a great resource. While Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge to the Center in terms of her experience with accounting and administration, it is her love of the horses and students that shines the brightest. Kelly is the first person people will meet when they visit or call the Center and her warmth and enthusiasm is absolutely boundless! Kelly makes everyone who comes in contact with her feel like they have known her for years. It is good to have Kelly back where she belongs at the Arabian Horse Center!
A lifelong Arabian enthusiast and graduate of Colorado State University, Cindy Reich is an internationally-recognized leader in the Arabian horse industry. She has more than 30 years’ experience managing the breeding programs for some of the largest Arabian horse farms in the USA. Cindy also managed the client mare program for many years at the world famous Equine Reproduction Laboratory at Colorado State University. As an Arabian judge, Cindy has judged the largest Arabian horse shows in the U.S., including the US Nationals, the Arabian Breeders World Cup and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse show. As an International Arabian horse judge, Cindy has judged the National Arabian shows in over 10 countries. A popular lecturer, Cindy conducts seminars and clinics world-wide on conformation evaluation as well as equine reproduction managment. Cindy oversees the breeding and foaling is actively involved with the foal watch class here at Cal Poly as well as the foal handling class.
Maddi is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona’s Animal Science program and has made her way back to the Arabian Horse Center, now as the Coordinator of Horse Training and Farm Operations. She grew up in the middle of San Francisco but was determined to make a career from her love for horses. Maddi has worked for multiple well regarded trainers across many disciplines and traveled all over the country and throughout Europe with competition horses. Maddi’s heart for training horses, especially starting the young horses, has brought her back to the Arabian Horse Center and she looks forward to sharing this heart with students, staff, and the community.
Carla was born in Spain and raised in California and North Carolina, by parents who raised racehorses, Carla started riding as soon as she could walk and became an active member of the United States Pony Club and competitor in the sports of Dressage and Three-Day Eventing at an early age. She has worked with some of the top Eventing trainers on the east coast as well as developing her own horses and running her own farm in North Carolina. Recently relocated back to California, Carla brings her passion for developing young horses for both show and pleasure riding. She has two mares of her own - a Thoroughbred/Trakehner/Selle Francais, and a Westphalian - and when she isn’t working with horses, she enjoys going to the beach or hiking with her two Staffordshire Terriers.