About Us

Trainer Biographies

The trainer, Kate McAlinn has ridden for years. Starting out at 18 months old and growing up in the NY state 4H Horse program, where she showed as a junior (13 and under) and a Senior gaining top ribbons competing in classes as large as 60 riders. Concurrently she was a member of the USDF, showing dressage gaining a more balanced foundation and becoming more connected with her horses. Using this foundation and being a USEF member, she further her skills appling them to the Hunter Ring, where she competed in the Children's Hunters 3' and then the Adult Hunters 3'. After high school graduation she moved to NC and attended St. Andrews Presbyterian College, were she  was a member of the  Intercollegiate team multiple times competing at regionals and zones. While earning her Equine business degree she was a resident adviser, IHSA team member, business tutor, barn work study, and had two horses at college. She graduated in 2008 earning her 4 year degree in only 3 years. In 2006 she was worked as a summer intern at Cornell Cooperative Extension for the Chemung County 4H program. Job duties included planning and running horse shows and overseeing the youth knowledge programs, horse bowl and hippology. After college graduation she took a position as a groom for Harold Chopping in Southern Pines, NC. For 2 years she traveled the show circuit, gaining more hands on experience. Now Kate has her own small group of students with whom she shares her experience and knowledge with. In 2010 she became a certified
open horse show judge. Besides teaching she also volunteers as the leader of Bit O'Luck 4H group in Johnston County.

Her personal motto that she lives and teaches by is:  You never stop learning.