John Lambert

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. 

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CINDY REICH

 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.

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MADELINE OGBURN

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.

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APRIL KILBOURNE 

April is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in biology, emphasis zoology.  A life-long horse enthusiast, she has spent over twenty years in the industry and worked for several different high profile trainers.  April has a passion for sparking a love of horses and horse care in the students, and we are thrilled to have her as our Student Activities Coordinator.  She is responsible for our student clubs, Sunday Show, and educational support.  

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shawn pepper

Shawn brings over 30 years of varied equine experience to the Arabian Horse Center. He has worked with everything from miniature horses to draft horses to mules and donkeys in a variety of disciplines for one of the world's largest entertainment industries. He managed the student equestrian program at Mount SAC Junior College, where he focused on student development through classroom instruction as well as hands on experience in the areas of equine reproduction and horse training.  Shawn also holds foundation credentials through the American Association of Professional Farriers. Shawn has owned Arabians for over 30 years and has a strong appreciation for the heritage and legacy of the Kellogg breeding program. He is very excited to help continue the vision of Mr. W.K. Kellogg through his work at the horse center.

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Marie Nagano 

Marie is a southern California native who grew up on a nursery next to a dairy.  Growing up she had dogs, rabbits, horses, sheep, goats, and cattle and showed many animals with the FFA. Marie completed her undergraduate studies in Animal Science at Cal Poly Pomona. When not at work, she still spends much of her time with animals, and is a provisional judge for the Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA), a vocation that has taken her all over the US, plus Sweden and Holland    She plays a pivotal role at the horses center, ensuring the facility is well maintained and safe for the horses and students.

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