Kate Thompson Mcdaniel
Kate Thompson Mcdaniel grew up in Kittery, Maine. She spent her junior years riding
with many wonderful trainers, including Bray Anderson, David Boley and Emerson Burr.
Kate graduated from Lafayette College with a B.A. In psychology. After college, Kate
worked as assistant trainer and rider for Semantha Burger, James Lala and Anne
Sibson. She credits Anne for acting as her mentor and giving her the tools to find
balance in the horse show world. In 2006 Kate opened Mill Pond, a family oriented
show hunter, jumper and equitation business. Her students have sucessfully
competed at state, regional and national hunter and equitation finals.
Pat Fay's love affair with horses started 35
years ago. She spent her younger years in
Rockport, MA working at a Morgan horse
breeding farm, grooming at shows and
driving events, backing and training young
horses, galloping horses on the beach and
riding the stallions. Later Pat graduated
from college with a degree in animal
science and moved to the seacoast of New
Hampshire. She became a successful event
rider which included qualifying for the National 3-Day Event Preliminary Championships with her famous
Morgan horse, Minty?s Stardust. Wanting to continue her dressage training, Pat purchased a Prix St.
Georges school master from Renate Lansburg and Cindi Wylie and also purchased a talented young
Hanoverian mare. Pat continues to study and train with top trainers and for the past three years has
been a working student for FEI Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Jackie Smith.
In addition to Pat's dressage training she has also worked for a large and small animal veterinarian for
twenty-three years and is a certified Usui Reiki practitioner. She brings her knowledge and
communication skills together in a relaxed atmosphere for horse and rider to learn in. Pat is committed
to helping riders develop a harmonious relationship with their horse. Currently Pat is teaching dressage, training horses with behavioral problems, starting young horses, and giving Reiki healing sessions.