Kate Considine is no stranger to the world
of victory gallops, trophies, and tricolors in the pony ring. By Alexis Meadows
ate Considine is no stranger to the world of victory gallops, trophies, and tricolors in the pony ring. Based out of Southern California, she owns and manages Willow Brook Stables. Kate is a familiar face across both coasts, with countless championships and awards won by her students as well as ponies she has owned and leased. However, she will also be the first to tell you that the partnership she has created with some of the most notable ponies in the industry is based off of a program of respect, understanding, and a huge, genuine love for all they do. “I don’t think a lot of people give ponies credit for the two jobs that they really have. A pony’s job for a rider is so much harder than that of a horse, because the pony has to be the leader and the caretaker, but at the same time has to listen and do what a child is telling them,” Kate explains. Opposite Page - Kate and her daughter Cathrin Cammett
At 5’2”, Kate is petite enough to school and train her riders’ ponies herself, something she finds immensely helpful. “When I ride them as a trainer, I can understand what the kids are feeling. When you are on the ground, you only see it. Setting them up for the kids gets you just one step closer to the solution.” The Michigan native grew up competing and working on the East Coast for trainers such as Anne Kursinski before moving to Europe to further her experience and skills. She spent several years there before returning to the United States and moving to the West Coast, where she eventually opened Willow Brook Stables. Kate was quickly reintroduced to the pony world well over a decade ago when a young and green rider named Nicoletta von Heidegger moved to Willow Brook with her two ponies.
Published on May 6, 2014