Kim is classically trained in the German system of training and education with extensive training experience in Germany. She is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and a successful FEI trainer and international competitor through Grand Prix. Passing the USDF Certified Instructor Training - Fourth Level exams in the same weekend demonstrates the quality of Kim's training. In addition, she has successfully graduated from the USDF "L" program for judge training with Distinction. Kim holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA. After leaving an executive level marketing career, Kim has developed a successful teaching and training business in the Memphis, Tennessee area.
Kim has competed successfully at CDI's, USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships and USDF Regional Championships up to Grand Prix. In 2012, she won the FEI 5 Year Old class at the prestigious Dressage at Devon CDI on her up and coming young horse, Leonardo. In 2013, the pair won the FEI 6 year old US Eastern Selection Trials for the World Breeder's Championships in Verden, Germany. Kim purchased him as a just backed 3 year old and has done all of his training. Kim and her current Grand Prix horse, Golden Eye, were ranked in the top 50 in the US at Grand Prix in 2011. Leo recently won the Prix St Georges and Goldie the Intermediare 2 at the Estes Park CDI. Leo was second in the CDI Intermediare 1 and Goldie 3rd in the CDI Grand Prix!
Kim's diverse riding background includes eventing, show jumping, amateur flat and steeplechase racing and even training polo ponies for the King of Malaysia. Kim starting riding at the age of six and has been an active rider and competitor ever since. She was fortunate to start riding as a young child under the training of Australian FEI judge Irene Bekels-Noreen. During her teen years she was a very active rider and competitor successfully retraining off the track thoroughbreds in Singapore. During that time, she won many events in South East Asia, was a member of the Singapore National Team and competed in the Far East Pony Club Championships in Thailand on borrowed horses. She trained then with FEI "O" judge Nick Williams and was invited to compete in the Australian Dressage Championships.
Kim is passionate about continuing her education and is always striving to improve her riding, teaching, training and judging. She currently competes several horses at all levels including her own horses and horses owned by clients. Kim has successfully trained students and horses up to the FEI levels and Grand Prix.
Kim's goal is to develop correctly trained dressage horses regardless of their breed and develop their full potential given the horse's physical and mental capabilities. As an instructor, she strives to create independent and successful students in and out of the show ring. Kim also enjoys working with hunter/jumper and event riders and riders of all skill levels and ages.
In 2008, Kim was the recipient of the Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship which enabled her to travel to Germany with her FEI horse.
"The experience of being able to spend so much time working and training in Germany has had a truely profound effect on me. It has changed my whole approach to teaching, training and riding. I focus on translating that training in an effective and meaningful way to the American Dressage rider and adapting to the unique needs of each individual horse and rider.