Rich & Maureen Campbell,
Holli Hayes & Juan Rios, trainers
745 Southville Pike
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Juan Rios, Trainer
Juan Rios has been working at Majestic Oaks Hackney Farm for more than eight years and prior to that worked with Randy Stoess and Wyatt DeHart. He has trained such World’s Champions as Heartland Victory Maker, Heartland Superman, Boogity Boogity, General Mills, Extremely Invincible & Nobu, and Reserve World’s Champions Heartland Curtain Call and Heartland Smooth Operator. Juan breaks all the young ponies to line and drive and is also the one to repair damaged tack. The time Juan spends with each pony is a testament to his incredible talent and patience. In 2011, Juan took his first American Royal by storm, training two UPHA Classics National Champions and one Classics Reserve Champion. He also trained two AHHS Youth Medallion National Champions, helping to make history as the Majestic Oaks team won every AHHS Youth Medallion Final offered. He is an integral part of our team and is always there to help when needed.
Holli Hayes, Trainer
Holli McDowell Hayes was born and raised in Louisville, KY and grew up showing American Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies with her mother on the County Fair circuit. She won the Roadster Pony Under Saddle World’s Championship with Rowdy Yank and won the Road Horse Under Saddle World’s Championship with At Full Throttle. Holli went on to work for Don Harris and Ricky Cook for one year and has worked at Majestic Oaks since October of 2007. While at Majestic Oaks, Holli has shown and trained such Champions as WC Dun-Haven Truly Awesome, WC Heartland Entitled, WC Kilbro’s Grandemeanor, RWC Heartland Spindazzle, WC Pure Country, Heartland Dressed To Impress, Heartland Dixie Drummer, Heartland High Interest and the road horse, Quill.
Rich & Maureen Campbell, Owners/Trainers
Maureen Campbell, Toni Nastali and Rich Campbell
Rich and Maureen (Lydon) Campbell grew up in different parts of the country, with Rich hailing from Georgia, while Maureen was raised in Massachusetts. Rich grew up riding in the hunter/jumper world before discovering driving at a horse show. He and his father ventured into the driving arena and Rich soon found his future profession.
Maureen comes from a family of horse people and like other family members - John Lydon, Ginny Kenney and her father, Tim Lydon - seemed destined to become a trainer. Maureen went to college at William Woods, while Rich did his college work at Michigan State. Following graduation, they each began careers training horses and ponies.
Rich and Maureen have put together many winning teams and have sold many ponies that have gone on to be very successful in Open, Amateur and Juvenile competition. Operating as a team is a key to their success. Trainers Holli Hayes and Juan Rios add another component to the team and along with the other Majestic Oaks employees, have played a large role in its success. In 2007, they were named UPHA Horsemen of the Year and in 2009 received the American Hackney Horse Society’s Trainers of the Year award. In 2013, Rich was inducted into the AHHS Hall of Fame and in 2016, Maureen received the UPHA Richard E. Lavery Professional Horseman of the Year Qward. In addition, the Majestic Oaks training staff was awarded the 2016 UPHA Bill Robinson Trainer of the Year Award.
The Campbells are strong supporters of the Hackney Pony industry and heavily promote the participation of junior exhibitors to ensure its future. Young drivers who have shown under the Majestic Oaks banner include Megan Todd, Samantha Johnson, Shannon Ella, Trey Watson, Kirstie Buerkley, Catherine Wheeler, Sallie-Mason Wheeler, Mitchell Tunstall and Cheyenne Mabey, to name a few. They are also major supporters of the UPHA Classics and have won at least one Classics Final every year since becoming a team.