"Horses, like humans are unique individuals with a past and a history which may require thinking outside the box of most traditional training techniques. Most often horses are not given the opportunity to choose what they are good at. They are purchased or bred for certain disciplines and many excel, but not ALL horses can or will conform to our agendas for them.
My goal as an equine professional is to find the “want to” in the horses I work with. I help build conscious relationships with horses and humans. As humans, if we choose to listen to the inside of a horse we are given an amazing opportunity to look deeper within ourselves. It is not always easy looking within, but horses are ALWAYS truthful and NEVER judge. As they empower us and we empower them endless possibilities are created."
~ Kate Shook
Kate specializes in starting horses under saddle, correcting behavioral issues, and building a conscious relationship between horse and rider to achieve a successful partnership, whatever the discipline.
Kate Shook is a third generation horsewoman with extensive experience training and showing a variety of breeds in jumping, dressage, hunt seat, English pleasure, and western pleasure.
Born into a horse breeding family, Kate was riding before she could walk. As a youngster, she competed in children’s hunters and equitation, and later excelled in combined training (schooling through Intermediate) and Dressage. Throughout high school, she worked for USET event rider Kathleen Womack in Boulder, CO.
In addition to developing her extensive riding skills, Kate acquired a working knowledge of equine healthcare assisting her stepfather, a large animal veterinarian specializing in equine reproduction. Kate continues to work closely with veterinary professionals in the course of her work as a trainer and consultant.
Upon graduation from Washington State University in 2002, Kate became head trainer for Mears Morgans, an 80-horse breeding and showing facility in Laramie, WY where she trained and showed Morgans on the national level, winning regional and national championships, including the Reserve World Championship Jumper titles in 2003 and 2004.
In 2005, Kate established B. Kate Stables on Vashon Island, Washington, a full service training, teaching and rehabilitation center. Kate and students have been competing Nationally and Internationally on the "A" circuit with multiple breeds. 2008,2010,2012 Canadian Nationals Andalusians. 2014 USDF All breed Silver Medal Second Level. 2017 Morgan Grand National and World Championships. Kate's family has bred and trained hanoverians that have shown successfully on the “A” Hunter-Jumper circuit.
Kate Shook is a Certified Equine Appraiser.