Katie Young

Sunrise Equine Services

Dr. Katie Young brings a vast wealth of teaching experience and skills to Phalen Equestrian Center.  From barrel racing, showing hunters and jumpers, eventing, playing competitive polo-crosse and fox hunting,

Katie has a wide range of horse knowledge to share with students.  She teaches both English (Hunter/Jumper, Eventing and Dressage) and western disciplines. 

With a Ph.D. in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Katie also emphasizes all aspects of horse care.  She teaches students about the horse and horsemanship. 

Katie has developed a strong following and her reputation has grown for quality instruction that challenges riders to achieve their fullest capabilities. 

Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University, and her doctorate from Texas A&M University, where she served on the faculty of the Equine Science Section in the Animal Science Department for eight years. 

During her tenure at Texas A&M, Katie taught the Introduction to Horses, Equestrian Technology, and Equine Behavior and Training courses.  She also served as the Supervisor and Coach of the TAMU Equestrian Teams, qualifying teams to the IHSA National Horse Show for five years, as well as coaching seven Individual National Champions.

Katie has over 45 years of experience in the horse industry.  She started riding as a child in southwest Missouri, first as a barrel racer, and later moving into hunters and jumpers. 

After moving to Texas, she continued participating in hunter/jumper shows, as well as dressage and combined training competitions, played competitive polo-crosse as a member of the Lonestar Polo-crosse Team, and developed an interest in reining, trail and western pleasure.  She has also worked as a trainer and riding instructor in the hunter/jumper and stock seat disciplines for over 40 years, and continues to do so in the Kansas City area.

Katie has served as a judge for various hunter/jumper shows, as well as western and English Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competitions, has coached several U.S. Pony Clubs, and has worked extensively with 4H groups.

Katie can be reached for more information at (816) 392-0758.