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With over 25 years of experience with horses, Kate's approach to training and riding focuses on solving problems with ingenuity and intellect, while assisting others on their equestrian journey. 

Kate's Story

On the back of a horse before she could walk, Kate started with her first pony at the age of three and never looked back. Beginning her education with riding across the countryside in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Kate enjoyed fox-hunting as a child, as well as self chartered explorations through thousands of acres of open land with the aid of some very tolerant ponies. 

At the age of 12, Kate found her passion in Three Day Eventing through the grace of a Westphalian pony that she purchased for $5, as she was mostly unbroke and darn near uncatchable! They competed through the Novice level, and that was that. The constant challenge and the balance of physical and intellectual demands of the sport have kept her hooked for many years. 

In 2005, she was lucky enough to stumble upon her horse of a lifetime, Nyls du Terroir, who was at the time only four years of age and a hellion with a mane and a tail. Supremely athletic, unbelievably quirky and frighteningly intelligent, Nyls and Kate have come up through the ranks together, partnering for the past 11 years and competing through the CIC3* level since 2010 and garnering many top placings in the sport. The experience and education that a horse of this magnitude has afforded Kate is irreplaceable. 

After college, Kate decided to pursue her passion full time and become a professional equestrian. While working for several years galloping thoroughbreds at the track, she developed a special talent for working with "difficult" cases, and solving problems that others were unlikely to tackle. Her desire to unlock the best performances from sometimes challenging horses has not waned, and to this day she continues to develop her skills with horses that can be unusual in their approach to life. 

Alongside her competitive career in Three Day Eventing, Kate is the head trainer at the Equine Welfare Society, an organization in Keswick, Virginia, specializing in educating and retraining horses from the rescue pipeline into successful sport horses. Through her experience with this program, Kate has expanded her abilities with starting young horses as well as handing a variety of behavioral issues both on the ground and under saddle. 



Accomplishments

  • Carolina International 2015: 1st Place Intermediate
  • Morven Park CIC3* 2014: 2nd Place
  • Fair Hill International CIC3* 2014: 5th Place
  • Pine Top Advanced 2014: 4th Place
  • Morven Park Advanced Championships 2013: 1st Place
  • Millbrook Advanced 2013: 3rd Place
  • The Fork Advanced 2012: 4th Place
  • Plantation Field Advanced 2010: 4th Place
  • Five Points Advanced 2010: 5th Place
  • North American Junior Young Riders Championship CCI2* 2009: Bronze Medal Individual, Silver Medal Team
  • Jersey Fresh CCI2* 2009: 2nd Place
  • 2008-2009: Named to US Eventing Developing Rider List
  • Virginia CCI* 2007: 1st Place