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As a kid, I spent hours sitting in front of our clunky desktop, pouring over horse sale ads on Internet Explorer. “Look, mom! We can buy this one for only $500!” I was usually met with an eye roll or a laugh—or both. It took awhile, but I eventually wore my parents down. Riding lessons turned into buying a horse; buying a horse turned into showing; and showing turned into me realizing that working in the equestrian industry was the only thing that would inspire me and make me happy. I opened Kate at the In Gate in 2018 because standing at the in gate surrounded by horses or at a gorgeous barn with a camera in hand is exactly where I want to be.

But every good horseman or woman knows there’s more to riding and horsemanship than the ribbons won in the arena, and that champions aren’t created overnight—it takes years of saddle time, months to establish a bond with a horse, and hours of grooming before the blue ribbon moments occur. Of course, I’m here to give you pretty pictures for Instagram or photos to put into frames, but more importantly, I’m here to capture every aspect and behind-the-scenes moment of the special relationship between you and your horse.

I live in Indianapolis, Indiana, but frequently travel across the Midwest and to south Florida (Wellington, specifically). Whether you are competitive in the 1.45m, or just ride for fun, I want to capture the kinds of photos that express just how much your horse means to you.

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Favorite horse show:

Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in Traverse City, Michigan or WEF

What I’m currently working on in the saddle:

Remembering to breathe!

Best riding memory:

The time I was 10th in a USHJA National Derby with Waffle or Marley’s first show back after colic surgery. Or maybe my first time moving up with Gigi and hearing my barnmates cheering for me after I went double clear. Honestly, I have too many good memories to choose from!

Must-have item in my tack trunk:

Bar in a Jar saddle soap. It’s the best! 

Go-to riding outfit:

Athleta long sleeve tee (for sun protection!) and blue Tailored Sportsman breeches. I keep it simple!

My horses:

Marley, Waffle (the blondie in my logo), and Gigi make up my little squad