Our people

Eileen Verdieck – Co-Founder
A pioneer in the Arabian horse industry, Eileen has enjoyed a lengthy and prestigious career and is recognized worldwide as one of the leading authorities on the breeding and marketing of Arabian horses. As a trainer, judge, and consultant, she has won numerous prestigious international awards which stand as testimony to her dedication to the Arabian breed.

Originally from Colorado, USA, Eileen’s reputation and international exposure led her to the Middle East where she became influential in developing a number of regional horse breeding programs.  Now based in Dubai, UAE, she has been instrumental in the reintroduction of the Arabian horse into the region and has placed more than 400 horses in the Gulf States.

Eileen Verdieck and her professional team at HoofbeatZ™ work tirelessly to bring people and horses closer together in new, exciting and revolutionary relationships. Eileen is the creative director responsible for the unique Al Saheel show and HoofbeatZ™ corporate entertainment functions. She designs most of the acts and costumes herself and can often be found in her workshop covered in glue and glitter or wiring LED sets together to attach to the horses.

She has also developed a series of riding courses based on natural horsemanship techniques. These are designed to encourage people to learn how to ride intuitively and safely much more quickly than conventional methods. She is an inspiring and dedicated teacher and her approach has won much acclaim from her students and visitors to HoofbeatZ™.

Sophie Dyball
Sophie teaches HoofbeatZ™ beginners on a lunge line. Her calm, confident approach and her attention to detail has impressive results, helping students gain confidence quickly. Sophie handles most of the administration at HoofbeatZ™ and in the stables. She also organises our birthday parties and holiday camps. Sophie is a confident and able rider, competes regularly in Dressage competitions and takes part in a number of different roles in our shows/corporate events. She has a natural gift with animals and is passionate about ensuring they are well-cared for and respected.




We say good bye to both Sara Holstrom and Luis Miguel Santos who have gone on to seek new pastures in their careers. Sara is pursuing her dream of competing in dressage and is currently in Holland with a premier trainers yard. Luis, after stint back in Portugal is now back in Dubai working for a private owner. We wish to thank both of them for their loyalty and dedication to the HoofbeatZ vision.

We also say good bye to Lisande Eayrs who decided to take a break from teaching and lessons due to her work and personal commitments. Lisande’s influence on the HoofbeatZ program has been very visible and we wish her the best in her journey.