Meet the Team
SkyeKingz Equestrian Trainers & Partners
Hunter Jumper Trainer
Kathy Johnson is the accomplished owner and trainer of Willoway Farm, Inc. Her expertise has guided numerous riders from Willoway to excel in the hunters, jumpers, and equitation on local, regional, and national platforms. Kathy's talent shines through the success of her hunters, who have earned qualifications and competed at renowned shows including Devon, Washington International Horse Show, USEF National Horse Show, and USHJA Las Vegas National Horse Show. Her jumper program caters to riders at all levels, from beginners to grand prix competitors. Notably, Kathy has served as the coach for the championship-winning USEF pony jumper team and has held the position of Chief for the Young Riders Team. In addition, she actively contributes to the equestrian community as the IEA Zone 8 administrator and as a board member for the Arizona Hunter Jumper Association.
Jessica Keesey discovered her love for horseback riding at the age of 10. Beginning with Arabians and later venturing into eventing, her equestrian journey took her from the Boston area to Arizona after high school. It was in Arizona where she crossed paths with Wendy Riddell and Gina Smith, a former member of the Canadian Olympic team. Jessica subsequently relocated to Canada for a year, working alongside Gina. Upon returning to Arizona, she joined the esteemed Lois Whittington's team, under whose guidance she accomplished her USDF silver and halfway towards her gold medal. With an impressive track record, Jessica has coached riders to the North American Youth Championships while continuing to nurture the development of her other students.
As the proprietor, Jim continues to invest in the growth and development of SkyeKingz Equestrian, ensuring that it remains a premier destination for equestrians seeking an extraordinary experience. Through his unwavering dedication and unwavering support, Jim has created a place where equestrian dreams come true, and where riders and horses can thrive together.
SkyeKingz Equestrian is proudly partnered with Twisted Tree Farms.
Hunter Jumper Trainer
Owner of Twisted Tree Farm, in the foothills of Scottsdale, AZ, Janet is dedicated to producing riders and horses that are competitive at local, national and international levels in both the hunter and jumper rings. She has been on the competitive show circuits in the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico as both a competitor and trainer for over 35 years. Along the way, Janet has earned numerous certifications, awards, and honors such as the prestigious American Grand Prix Association Rookie of the Year. Janet’s lifelong commitment to training upcoming generations of riders and horses provides the tools, time, persistence, focus and discipline necessary for the Twisted Tree Farm team to be reliable contenders wherever Twisted Tree Farm travels.
Paula Paglia is a nationally recognized dressage professional, with deep knowledge and riding experience. Her professional accomplishments span over thirty years. She holds her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and riding skills. Paula continues her education riding will top trainers—Conrad Schumacher, Debbie McDonald, Christine Traurig, Gerd Zuther and Claes Bierenbroodspot to name a few. Paula has successfully coached Juniors to the North American Young Rider Championships, the Young Rider Championships and the Dressage Seat Medal National Championships.
As a Dressage Rider and Trainer, Trish is focused on customizing her training to the individual horse and rider. Trish began riding at 7 years old. She has ridden, trained, and competed in many disciplines including Western Pleasure, Saddle Seat, and Jumpers. She finally found her true calling as a Dressage Rider and Trainer. Trish’s dedication to the excellence is reflected in her USDF Bronze and Silver medals she has earned, as well as in her status as an FEI level competitor.