Katie has a good grounding in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping and eventing, before gaining a passion for racing. In 2003 she went to Aberystwyth University in Wales to study a Higher National Diploma in Equine Studies and followed this up in 2006 with a Degree in Equine and Human Sports Science with a dissertation in “A comparison of stem cell and firing treatments on the healing rate of the superficial digital flexor tendon injuries in the thoroughbred racehorse”.
Having worked under some of the great trainers such as Martin Pipe CBE, Jonjo O’Neill, Chris Down and Robin Dickin, Katie was given the role as Head Girl at Giles Smyly’s yard, Point to Point and National Hunt for 4 years before moving back to Leicestershire. Katie has gained extensive knowledge, working on both small and large National Hunt, Point to Point and Flat Racing yards.
Having spent years in the racing industry and a life time around horses, Katie moved back to her home village of Burbage, Leicestershire in 2014 where she set up her own training establishment which focuses upon training point to point horses and hunter chasers. In her first season training she achieved an ambition of hers, which was to have a runner at Cheltenham Racecourse before she was 30 years old, she did but unfortunately the horse injured himself. Katie rehabilitated him back to health after the vets had given the horse a very slim chance of recovery. Tarquinius was the first horse to be rehabilitated by Katie in Burbage. Since then Katie has rehabed point to point and national hunt horses, getting them back to fitness and back on the track, performing just as well as they had ran before if not even better. Katie has also had other performance horses and different breeds spending time on box rest and rehabilitation with a range of injuries that have recovered to full fitness and that have been able to return to their chosen discipline.