No one can teach riding as well as a horse. -C.S. Lewis
Ahaso Hill Farm is a 50-acre, private, solar-powered, family-owned horse farm in central Vermont, located on Hollister Hill in Marshfield. The farm is just 3 miles from Goddard College in Plainfield, 12 miles from Montpelier, and 25 miles from Waterbury and Danville.
Kate is a lifelong equine enthusiast and rider. She began riding horses at the age of three with her arms wrapped around her mother’s waist on the bare back of their old Appaloosa, Bonnet. Her childhood and teenage years consisted of training her horses and horse showing at recognized USDF dressage shows throughout New England & New York, with guidance from her trainer, and USDF “L” judge, Judi Whipple (Breckenridge Farm). At fourteen-years-old Kate began teaching riding lessons every summer. She then attended the University of Vermont and competed on the UVM Dressage Team.
Kate has successfully competed through 3rd Level Dressage and has trained many horses, including her own 15-year-old Hanoverian, Wilhe, and 8-year-old Lusitano, Echo. She has ridden with many well know dressage trainers including: Judi Whipple, Francois Lemaire de Ruffieu, Diana Mukpo, Sabine and Eric Ellinger, Susan Harris, and Klaus Fraessdorf.
In 2009 Kate founded Positive Power Equines, a full-time teaching and training program which she ran through a local farm. She taught students of all ages and abilities, with a focus on dressage, and an emphasis on a happy, harmonious, and balanced horse and rider team.
In 2010, having continuous saddle fit issues with her horse, Wilhe, Kate began educating herself about saddle fitting. She has always held her values in being compassionate and considerate to the horses that she works with. These beliefs, plus her own experiences, helped lead her into the profession of saddle fitting. She worked with Shedrick English Saddlery as a saddle fitter from 2012 to 2015, representing Saddlery Dresch and Albion Saddler Makers. During this time she was also lucky enough to visit Walsall, England to learn directly from Albion Saddler Makers.
At this point in life Kate owns and operates Ahaso Hill Farm on her quaint family-farm on beautiful Hollister Hill, just a few miles outside of Plainfield Village. She continues to teach horseback riding lessons to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds; trains her own and others horses; practices yoga (Yoga on the Farm); gardens; makes glass art; and works part-time as a model.