Our equine partners are what make the world go around, and at Kate Samuels Equestrian, each one is quite a character!


Nyls du terroir

Photo by Jenni Autry

Photo by Jenni Autry

Nyls is a 2001 Selle Francais gelding who has been Kate's partner since 2005, and have come up the through the ranks of Three Day Eventing together through the CIC3* level. Nyls is a once in a lifetime horse, and a supreme athlete. As one of the top horses in the country, everyone who knows Nyls admires his ridiculous style and his overwhelming personality. 

Nyls is an unbelievable athletic talent, and certainly a horse of a lifetime. His exuberant style over jumps is unmistakeable, and his enthusiasm for the sport of Three Day Eventing is unmatched. He is also extremely quirky, with a list of likes and dislikes longer than Atlas Shrugged. Nothing makes him happier than galloping and jumping over enormous obstacles, and nothing scares him more than tarps or patches of snow. 

Nyls has many top placings at the upper levels of the sport, and hopefully will continue to compete there for many years to come. He will be with Kate until he is very old and very grumpy. 


Lucky Gold

Photo by GRC Photography

Photo by GRC Photography

Leo is a 2007 Hanoverian gelding who has been with Kate since 2013. Standing at 17.1 hands, he is affectionately known around the barn as "The Dinosaur". Originally trained for a career in Dressage, Kate acquired Leo because of behavioral issues under saddle that his previous owners were unable to solve, but has since become a willing and athletic partner, completing his 2015 season with several placings at Training level in Eventing. 

Leo is a very goofy and lovable character on the ground, and has an extreme love of snuggling and licking unsuspecting humans. He is extremely athletic, and is working on controlling all of his power and his body parts as he progresses through his training. He greatly enjoys fox-hunting in the off season, and spends his time with his best friend, Pepe, the miniature donkey.