From the age of 16 Kate has represented Great Britain 4 times at the Junior/Young Rider European Dressage Championships and competed at International Small Tour and Grand Prix. She has been on the World Class Development Programme for 2 years, ranked No 1 Small Tour Rider for two consecutive years, holds her UKCC 3 and is the North West British Dressage Team Trainer. Based near Malvern in Worcestershire, Kate teaches all abilities of horse and rider and her dressage clinics are held at equestrian centres throughout the country.
Originally into Eventing, Kate’s passion for dressage began at an early age and in 1996 she won a place in the final of the national Talent Spotting competition, riding Westwell Jem.
When she was 16 years old Kate and Jem successfully competed at the Junior European Dressage Championships in Belgium and the combination went on to be selected another three times for the Young Rider Championships in Poland, Germany and the UK. The combination also competed in four further International ‘Euro-futur Cups’ in Europe. Kate spent several weeks at Henk Van Bergen’s yard in Holland training with several horses.
In 2000 they won the Team Bronze medal and Kate was the Best British Rider in the Team Test. Once she had moved out of Young Riders Kate continued to train Jem and the pair were placed 2nd at the 2003 Summer National Championships in Intermediare II and 10th in the Grand Prix. She also represented Great Britain at Grand Prix at Hartpury International CDI*** and Hickstead International CDI***.
Kate’s career has continued to blossom and she is a regular competitor on the national circuit where she has notched up an impressive number of wins on different horses. Kate was enlisted onto the prestigious World Class Development Squad for two years, training with Frances Verbeet and a further year on the Pathway; training with Ferdi Eilberg. With World Class’s funding she was able to travel to Holland and train with Imke Bartles with horses Corbiere and Conquistador. The same year Kate took part in a demonstration at the Horse of the Year Show with Olympian Richard Davision.
She has competed and been placed at Grand Prix level at Frys CDI***, Addington International CDI***, Hartpury International CDI***, Hickstead International CDI***, Small Tour France CDI*** and won Small Tour in Compeigne CDI*** not to mention winning many classes at Premier League shows at Grand Prix, Intermediare II, Intermediare I and Prix St Georges and enjoyed success at the British Dressage Summer and Winter Regional and National Championships.
Having had such a successful time compting with Corbiere; Nationally and Internationally, Kate was ranked No 1 Great Britain’s Top Rider in the UK Rider Rankings (Small Tour) for two years.
Not only does Kate compete at Advanced level, she has recently started to compete in the Young Horse classes. Competing at the Young Horse Championships saw Kate win the Hickstead 6 Year Old National Championship 2012 with Barcelona, who also came 2nd in the International 6 Year Old (to Farouche, 6 year old World Champion). Barcelona also came 2nd in the Hartpury National Young Horse Championship. 5 Year old Leonie came 3rd in a very big class in the prestigious Badminton Young Horse Championships 2012.
She is the British Dressage North West Team Trainer and has gained her UKCC Level 3 Qualification in Dressage.
Kate is passionate about helping the partnership between horse and rider.
Holding the UKCC Level 3 in Dressage, Kate is constantly training her horses with top dressage trainers at home and abroad. She is able to utilise techniques to help other riders and horses train and perform at their best.
Kate’s past and present trainers and influences are Carl Hester, Henk Van Bergen, David Pincus, Frances Verbeek, Imke Bartles and Trish Gardner.
She coaches at her own yard near Malvern and travels to several bases around the Midlands for clinics through British Dressage and privately run days.
Kate helps professional and amateur dressage riders, event riders and Under 21′s
Either click on the venues below or the dates to the right.
If your restricted to; WEEKENDS the venues are Eland and Crowood.
ALL BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS are at Gracelands
Kate currently has vacancy for horses to train and compete, contact Kate for details
Check out below the current horses Kate is training and competing to date.
There is also a selection of the more well known horses Kate has previously enjoyed training and competing during her career
Learning different techniques with each horse, training, seeing and feeling the horse develop and having feedback from top trainers has helped Kate continue to develop her abilities as a rider and as a trainer.
Just click on a horse you are interested in and read their biography. Scroll down to find out their successes. There may also be videos as well as photos.
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