Katy has loved all animals from a young age, especially horses and dogs. She began to ride at 7 years old and once she started she knew that she wanted to work with horses and this passion has set the direction of her career to date. Throughout her career so far, she has worked on many yards, always choosing to tackle the tricky horses and those that nobody else wanted to ride.
In 2003 she went to the USA to work at a coeducational children’s camp as a riding instructor and yard manager, where she stayed until 2005. She then returned to the UK where she completed a BSc in Equine Science, focussing on Thoroughbred Management allowing her to develop both theoretical and practical skills. She has completed research for both British Eventing and the World Class Development Programme, trained at the Northern Racing College and she also holds a number of BHS qualifications. In 2009 she started studying for a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy and started a dog walking and home boarding business, also delivering canine behavioural training to owners who were experiencing difficulties with their dogs. This qualification led to a role as a veterinary physiotherapist predominantly treating racehorses and competition horses, with a further qualification in human remedial sports massage she was able to treat both rider and horse.
Katy joined the Haddon Training Team in May 2018 as an Equine and Animal Care assessor where she can fully leverage this wide experience. Katy juggles a young family with five dogs, two guinea pigs and goes riding as often as she can.