About Apex Riding Academy

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Welcome to Apex located in Cave Creek Arizona

Nationally recognized Apex Riding Academy was founded years ago by Julie Daniel, Owner of Daniel Training Center. Julie has trained both riders from the beginner to the most accomplished.  Julie’s horses and riders have earned countless local, regional and national level titles in all disciplines.  Julie's proven methodology is practiced by Apex's professional Instructors Kasey Moffat & Kari Brooks.   Like Julie, Kasey & Kari readily connect to inexperienced, novice, and seasoned riders and can readily articulate the basic hands-on foundation necessary to support learning and understanding the art of horsemanship correctly and most importantly, how to do it safely.

Apex Riding Academy is conveniently located in Scottsdale in a breathtaking new facility at Scottsdale Road and Dynamite


Kasey Moffat (Assistant Trainer/Advanced Instructor)

Kasey has been with Daniel Training Center/Apex Riding Academy for over ten years and specializes in instructing the beginner to advanced rider.  Kasey’s clients have enjoyed great success at local shows, Class A shows and Regional level shows.   Once your level of riding ability has been established, Kasey will develop a personalized and individual program for you.  

Kasey started her career conditioning horses which grew into showing DTC client horses in various disciplines.  She has been an integral part of the DTC team for over ten years and was recently named Assistant Trainer.

Once you get to know her, you will readily see that Kasey has built an infrastructure at DTC/ARA that keeps things organized and running efficiently “behind the scenes” at all times.  


Kari Brooks (Head Beginner Instructor)

Kari will oversee all of the functions under the Apex Riding Academy brand.

Kari brings with her over 20 years’ experience teaching youth and training horses.  During the course of her career, Kari has worked with several nationally recognized Arabian horse trainers.  She excels at starting beginning riders and developing intermediate riders. Many of the students Kari started are now competing and winning in the show pen.  Kari is also adept at working with special needs children including those with Autism, ADHD and other disability spectrums.  In addition to her exceptional equestrian skills, Kari is also a skilled Graphic Designer and Production Artist.

Going forward, Kari will guide the development and implementation of summer camp programs, clinics and other special events.

Kari fills a strategic role at Apex and we are beyond thrilled that she is part of our team. 


Katie Anders (Instructor)

Katie has been present in the Arabian Horse Show industry since 1998. In the past 21 years Katie has accomplished many Class “A”, regional, and national championships with her horses. Katie has shown in almost every discipline from halter to hunter pleasure, native costume to show hack. After graduating with a degree in Parks and Recreation from Arizona State, Katie knew she wanted to work with her two favorite things - kids and horses! As a part time instructor, Katie loves introducing kids and their families to the Arabian horse!