Margaret Mattis, Owner –

At SOEC we strive to provide a family centered atmosphere where our lesson students, our boarders and our horses safety,  is our #1 priority.  We take the care of the horses and the training of all levels of riders very seriously and our goal everyday is to exceed their expectations.  Whether your riding goal is simply for fun and relaxation or for competition we have the programs in place and the experience to make it happen.  If your a horse owner and looking for an atmosphere to board your horse that is relaxed, safe, and reliable then once again SOEC is your answer.

Hannah Mattis Radford, Trainer – Facilities Manager

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Hannah Mattis began her riding career at the age of six. Growing up, she mainly focused her time on hunters but dabbled in the jumpers and three day eventing. In middle school, Hannah also began showing in the reining arena under World Champion trainer Brian Bell. Though Hannah’s real passion has always been hunter/jumpers, she quickly found that the soft way of riding used in the reining world can easily be applied to the foundation of starting young horses. In high school, Hannah began to solely focus on Hunter/Jumpers. She attended many clinics, including those with Olympic medalist Michael Plumb. At this young age, she trained under many renowned trainers such as Marilee Ventura, Tracy Kerr, and Rex O’Brien. Under these trainers, she competed competitively on both the C and A circuits. She was often a catch rider as well as a prep rider for green horses in the show ring. At the age of 17, Hannah was riding 6-7 horses daily. It was through this that Hannah gained great experience training and tuning fancy hunters and jumpers. In 2004, Hannah was Triangle Farms Year End Children’s Hunter Champion and Triangle Farms 15-17 Year End Equitation Champion. She also competed in NCHJA’s 2004 medal finals and was 2nd in NCHJA’s Year End 15-17 Equitation Section. Since then, Hannah has graduated from NC State University with a degree in Business Management. She has trained at Southern Oak Equestrian Center for 10+ years, training all levels from beginners, to C show students, to students showing in the AA hunters and jumpers.

Hannah has recently begun importing sport horses for HMW International Sporthorses, which she co-owns with business partner Marie-Claude White. She has traveled to many countries, riding top-quality sport horses with some of the world’s top riders.  She believes there is always more to learn as a professional rider and continues to train under Rolex rider Holly Hudspeth and renowned Olympian Manuel Torres. Hannah’s husband is Darryl, and you’ll probably meet her dog (and best friend) Bruno around the stables as well.


Dr. Maggie Mattis Harrison, DC.                                                                                                                                                           

Dr. Maggie began horseback riding when she was 6 years old.  She has owned and trained many of her own horses over the years.  She has experience in the hunters, jumpers, and dressage disciplines.  She began teaching horseback riding lessons for Southern Oak when she was 17 years old, but had to leave when she left for college.  Maggie attended North Carolina State University where she majored in Biological Sciences and Human Nutrition.  She graduated with Summa Cum-Laude honors, from North Carolina State in May of 2005.  Maggie then moved to Dallas, Texas to attend Parker Chiropractic College, where she graduated from in May 2009 with a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine.  She then moved back home to North Carolina after graduation.   She currently practices with Raleigh Orthopaedics Clinic and Rehabilitation Specialists, in the Athletic Performance Center of Cary, where they focus specifically on rehabilitation for many different types of athletes.  Maggie joined Southern Oak Equestrian Center again in January 2011.  “It’s so good to be back here!  I can’t stay away from the horses and love working with the kids!!”  Maggie lives in Raleigh with her husband David, daughter Abigail, and their Alaskan Malamute, Caroline.  She is hoping to complete her equine chiropractic certification so she can bring loving care to both our riders and our horses.

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