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.