"a Barn where you Belong"

Kate Toomey Evans


Quality instruction begins with experienced instructors. Kate Toomey Evans, owner, curriculum coordinator and volunteer instructor, has experience in the victory circle, both as a competitor and as a riding instructor. Winning 3 National Championships for the Texas A&M Varsity Equestrian Team in 2005 and 2006 in Western Horsemanship, Kate learned about success as a rider and a teammate. In 2006, Kate achieved her childhood dream of winning a national championship on her youth horse, Sheza Cagey Jackie. Without much money, Kate headed to Oklahoma City with her horse, some borrowed equipment, and a big dream. She left that show as the unanimous National Champion under all 5 judges.

As Conor McGregor said, "Winners focus on winning, losers focus on winners." These championships were preceded by many ribbon-less horse shows as a child. Kate understands that just as important as teaching children about correct riding, she will have to prepare them for falling off one day. She spends many of her lesson plans incorporating ways to allow riders to find personal strength through struggles and how to gracefully "fail forward". Through hard work and determination, ANYTHING is possible.

 


 
As a riding instructor, Kate has taught over 350 beginner level riders in the past14 years. 
Many of them are now riding in College on equestrian scholarships.
 
More importantly these riders received solid foundational instruction and constant encouragement that lead them down a path to success, whether in the arena or not.
No child should ever look back on their time in the arena and recall negative, dangerous, or
unempathetic instruction.

In 2015, Horse Illustrated Magazine contacted Kate about her riding program and it's "fun and uniquely spirited style of teaching". Honored, she welcomed them to write an article on Life in Stride.

To read that article, click on this link {pdf}.


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