Katrina has a fantastic knack for shaping the best parts of each horse's personality to her advantage, sharing her vast knowledge in such a way that handlers & riders of all ages & levels can relate and creating a space that really enables you to be the best you can be for your horse!
Whether setting up for success from the start, rebuilding relationships or finding functional movement, Katrina relishes the whole journey.
You can learn to love the process too!
"Thank you Katrina for helping us be better horse people!
Our horses sure appreciate it!
~ Claire & Captain
Like many horses she has worked with, Katrina questioned 'traditional' training strategies that didn't resonate.
Horses who challenged her and many others meant thinking outside of the box, giving her a great appreciation for individuality in horse or human. Through the hundreds of horses (and humans) that have put their trust in her she had the opportunity to form a unique system which continues to help others worldwide.
An extensive background in equine rehabilitation, research and physiology facilitates connection and attention to detail. Katrina knows exactly how to get the best from your horse physically, through careful & considered development.
Like any passionate professional, she is dedicated to her own continued education and allows every student she meets to teach her something new!
She prefers see you later over goodbye and loves catching up with the latest progress of two and four-legged students far and wide!
KEEP READING... for an insight into her own journey so far, hear how she ended up travelling across oceans and touching down in the wonderful land of Oz!!
This training is so different. The comments on my horse's body since being worked correctly have been amazing!
~ Marita & Lady
Growing up in suburban UK, Katrina was an anomaly in her family, beginning her obsession after feeding the ponies at the local riding school and learning to ride at just 4 years old, something her grandparents thought would be a passing phase! As a teenager every moment of free time was dedicated to being around horses and volunteering for her local Riding for the Disabled Association. At 16 she used all her savings to purchase her first horse, a 12 year old Trakehner mare, written off by many as too damaged, both mentally and physically. Katrina accepted the challenge, successfully rehabilitating her first horse, her beloved mare, against the odds.
Her scientific inclination led her to follow her equine ambitions academically, completing 8 years of study, focused on equine exercise physiology, biomechanics, behaviour & nutrition and graduating with several qualifications in the equine field, including a BSc and MSc and earning a scientific journal publication. In 2005 she earned a spot in the prestigious Kentucky Equine Research internship program and moved to their facility in Kentucky USA, being one of only 3 successful candidates, handpicked from around the globe. Here she continued both practical and theoretical aspects of equine exercise physiology, biomechanics & nutrition, participating first hand in research trials, including those of several innovative supplements still widely used internationally and achieving recognition in numerous published papers for her contribution.
One year later she was recommended as a candidate to join the team at Caddel Equine Rehabilitation Centre, where she began managing a specialised 60-stall equine facility, receiving post-operative patients from two well established equine hospitals in Lexington, KY. Here she worked alongside some of the worlds most renowned veterinarians, farriers, nutritionists and physical therapists to develop and modify rehab and biosecurity protocols, still in use today to enhance healing and promote the successful return to work of our elite equine athletes.
Almost a decade later, Katrina returned full circle to the facility where her professional journey began, managing the same facility and internship program that she had brought her to the USA.
In 2012 she made her final intercontinental move, to Australia, managing a Warmblood breeding facility where her involvement with a wide range of breeding and youngstock allowed her to incorporate all she had learned into the training principles she advocates today, from this a dedicated training facility was founded and Cadence Horse Training was born!
She now resides in Melbourne with her partner and four-legged family members of all sizes! Including her horses, dogs, cat and pet cows!