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KATHY CONNELLY

An international rider, trainer and coach, Kathy Connelly has won national titles at all FEI levels, including U. S. Grand Prix Championship and U.S. World Cup Championship. She has represented the U. S. Dressage Team at the World Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden, and at the North American Championships. Kathy trained extensively in Europe with the late Herbert Rehbein and also with Erst Bachinger of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

Kathy has trained and coached horses and riders to national and FEI level titles in the U. S., and has also coached successfully abroad. Her students include the 1995 U. S. Young Rider Champion, the 1999 Individual Silver Medalist at the Pan American Games, and the 2003 Canadian World Cup Champion. She also coached the silver medal-winning U. S. Young Rider Team in Australia in 2003, where she also served as chef d'equipe.

Kathy's commitment to dressage extends beyond the ring to the associations that manage the sport in the U.S. She is a member of the USEF's High Performance Committee, the Dressage and Licensed Officials Committees and is chair of the subcommittee for Test Writing. She has served the U. S. Dressage Federation in many capacities, including the USDF Planning Committee, the USDF Evaluation of the Certified Instruction Program, where she was co-chair, and the USDF Certified Instruction Steering Committee.

Kathy has published numerous articles about dressage and is co-author of the book "Dressage Insights Excerpts from the Experts."

Kathy is a USEF "S" judge and a popular clinician. She resides and trains at her farm, Apple Valley, in Harvard, Mass., and winters in Wellington, Fla.