Trainer & Owner
Kobi Rhodes was born in Israel where his riding career and love for horses began. After finishing his time in the Army, he left for Los Angeles to continue his professional riding career. In Los Angeles, Kobi began training Hunters and Jumpers and competed in shows across the west coast. A year and a half later Kobi moved to England. There, he started riding with Fred Welsh, who was known for developing well-known international show jumpers such as “Everest Dollar Girl," “Limited Edition," and “Showtime," ridden by Nick Skelton. Kobi remained in Europe for two years, gaining the experience and knowledge necessary to begin competing at the Grand Prix level of show jumping.
Currently, Kobi has his own facility in Wellington, Florida, “Kobi’s Place," where successfully develops both horses and riders. Kobi has produced many horses who are competing successfully in the hunters/jumpers throughout the east coast of the United States. Notable hunter winners include:
"Bella Rouge," a 2006 1st year division Reserve Champion at the National Horse Show in Wellington Florida and Grand Hunter Champion at the Kentucky Summer Classic in 2007.
"French Kiss," a 2004 Oldenburg gelding import from Europe, successfully competed in WEF 2010 (where he was also sold) in the first year hunters, and is currently competing in the Adult Hunter division with Grand Champion awards at Capital Challenge and The Hamptons, as well as the Green Confirmation class.
"Red Drum," a 2004 gelding imported as a three year old achieved tremendous success in Kobi's program, earning a number of top Children's/Adult Hunter champion and reserve champion titles. Now fifteen years old Red Drum continues to excel in the Low Children's Hunters.
Kobi's Place Team
Lielle is a top-performing rider participating in equitation/talent search classes, hunters, and junior jumpers. She has taken home top ribbons in many major equitation and junior jumper shows.
Lielle has committed to joining the University of Georgia Equestrian Team beginning Fall 2020.
• Top 25 Maclay Final 2018
• 10th Overall South East Regionals 2018
• Christopher Wadsworth Memorial Trophy 2017
• South Florida Equitation Final 2017