THESE ARE OUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RIDERS... THESE ARE THEIR STORIES... - KATHERINE CALKINS

Meet Katherine Calkins and her stallion Wicked James Blonde! James is a seven year old stallion out of Katherine’s favorite broodmare, Olneys Emeralds Mystique (Evee) and by Amber Fields Desperado. Katherine bred, raised and trained James, despite her fracturing six vertebrae in a riding accident four years ago.

James has carried Katherine through her miraculous recovery, and on many great adventures in their years together. To supplement their Dressage work James also competes in rail classes, driving, and Three Day Eventing. James also enjoys going ranching and sorting cattle.

Three years ago Katherine discovered Working Equitation and thought it was an excellent and fun opportunity for developing the versatile stallion in a fashion that enhanced the Classical Dressage foundation while she recovered from her injuries. The opportunity to apply the Dressage knowledge to obstacles has helped James maintain an interest for the arena work that he finds so dull.  Katherine is looking forward to this event and the future of the sport that was integral in her being able to compete again.  

Note: if you want to share with us your road to the championship, your involvement with Working Equitation and/or some fun facts of your horse partners, please send an email with pictures to carmen@confederationwe.us

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