Mike and Kathy Rowse have turned the boarding/ training barn over to the capable hands of our long time friend and associate, Kate Knick. Kate takes horses only on a full training basis and she offers a very special and individualized boarding and training schedule for dressage. Kathy continues to teach lessons, clinics, judge and is an active member of the USDF ‘L’ faculty.
SILVERLEAF FARM is a small barn of 6 stalls and Kate only accepts horses on a full training board basis. We offer a lighted full size, all weather arena with mirrors, a covered arena with mirrors and lights, 12×12 matted stalls with individual paddocks attached, individualized feeding regiments & a hot & cold wash rack with heat lamp.
Kathy has been riding and training dressage horses for well over 30 years. She credits the majority of her dressage training to Jim Koford whom she trained with for almost 20 years.. She has also ridden with Sharon Schneidman, Patti Pierucci, Lars Peterson, Janet Foy, Jessica Ransenhausen , Julio Mendoza. Olivia Lagoy-Weltz and Rebecca Vick. She firmly believes that a consistent program is the best way to develop a rider and ensure a systemic & successful progression up the levels.
The program at Silverleaf Farm is built on the foundation of correct basics for both horse and rider. We emphasize that the horse must come through his back at all times in order to be correct. The results speak for themselves with happy horses who are working correctly, moving up the levels and scoring well in the show ring. Whether your goals are to show at the FEI levels or just improve your skill in order to enjoy your horse more, Kate and I are both here to help you meet your goals!
Over the last 30+ years, Kathy has pursued her judging credentials and in 1999 she received her USEF “S” license. Her success in the judge training and testing programs helped develop Kathy as a complete dressage professional. She is proud to be a judge at the highest national level and feels that she helps to influence the sport for the future by rewarding correct training and discouraging the incorrect from the judge’s booth. She has been a proud member of the USDF ‘L” faculty since 2011.