Katrina “Katie” Hiller is an FEI dressage trainer based at Wild Rose Farm in Walworth, WI. She started riding at the age of 6, and competing at age 8. Katie has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals, all aboard a self-trained horse.
Katie’s experience ranges from backing and starting young horses to competing in the highest level of dressage, the Grand Prix. She strives to achieve harmony, suppleness and lightness in every horse she trains. She believes in building a trusting partnership with all horses and enhancing their individual spirit through an encouraging and gymnastic training program.
It’s her mission to “carry the torch” of classical dressage training, and to prove that success both at home and in the show ring can be achieved by a training program based on classical principles and compassionate riding.
"I believe in an individualistic approach to each horse I train. It is of utmost importance that my horses are happy and comfortable in their work, both physically and mentally. My training program focuses on classical principles, teaching the horse to work from the hind legs forward in balance and harmony. I incorporate cross training methods into my program as well, such as cavaletti work, long-lining, hacking, and field work."
Accomplishments at a glance
USDF Bronze Medalist 2008 USDF Silver Medalist 2009 USDF Gold Medalist 2014 Regional Champion and Reserve Champion titles Champion and Reserve Champion titles at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida 2012-current - FEI Trainer’s conference attendee 2012 - Top 3 placings at Dressage at Devon in the FEI Young Rider Division 2013: Accepted into Young Rider Graduate Program 2013-current - Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium Attendee 2013 - The Dressage Foundation’s Olympic Dream Program Alternate 2014 - National Young Adult Brentina Cup Reserve Champion 2014 - Top 3 placings at Dressage at Devon in the U25 Grand Prix division 2015 - 25th in FEI World Dressage Rankings for U25 Grand Prix, 2nd in United States