About Us.

Catskill Horse Organization was created in 2012 to help develop equestrian lifestyle choices and careers in the beautiful Catskill region of Upstate New York.
The mission is to create a resource that will benefit every horse owner and/or horse business owner and most importantly every horse that grazes these mountains.

Whether you are a professional horse trainer, horse breeder, horse rescuer, provide services for the equine industry or just love to be around horses we want you to enjoy being part of this community organization and have the opportunity to meet others that share a passion for horses.

Directory listings are free. We will provide editorial support for advertisers, and are keen to help promote equine events in the region. In order to provide funds to print a hard copy of the directory on an annual basis Catskill Horse will offer additional paid advertising on the website and on digital publication. We have already received support for the banner advertising space and have received volunteer help for setting up this site.

While we validate every directory listing independently before publication, we cannot vouch for the services or sale items or horses offered.

Everyone is welcome. This is your publication and we hope that you will share news of Catskill Horse with your friends and family and send us your ideas for what you'd like to see included.

Send us your photos, news, horses and equipment for sale, events.

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The Merry Band of the Catskill Horse Team.

The Merry Band of the Catskill Horse Team

Publisher: Horse in a Kilt Media Inc.

Editor: Nikki Alvin-Smith

Assistant Editor/Production Editor: Chelsea V. Smith

Copy Editor: Chelsea V. Smith

Sales Manager: TBA

PR/Marketing Manager: Cheryl Kelly

Contributing Writers/Photographers:

Amy McLaughlin

Anne Arent

Benjamin K. Gould

Bethany Videto

Chelsea V. Smith

Holly Peterson

Jenny Rolfe

Juliet Harrison

Kelly Brainerd

Nancie Abuhaidar

Pat Kitchen


Amy McLaughlin

Amy McLaughlin Amy was born in New York City and studied at UC Berkeley and New York University and holds a degree in Fine Arts. She now lives in High Falls, NY. She has been in love with horses and art for as long as she can remember. Amy is a talented artist and her works focus chiefly on, you guessed it, horses.


Anne Tanner Arent.

Anne Arent


Anne holds a BA in English from the prestigious Marist College and has worked in web design. Anne has competed on the A circuit in the hunter/jumper world, worked for Rhinebeck Equine as a vet clinic with Dr. Jeff Williams and was also coach for Yale College Intercollegiate Team.








Benjamin K. Gould

Chef BenBenjamin K. Gould is an award winning professional chef with 15 years of experience. Mr. Gould, aka Chef Ben, grew up riding bareback in the woods of Northern Vermont with his mother, an avid horse lover, siblings, and father. In addition to fostering his love of equines, Chef Ben’s mother also inspired his passion for cooking, and at the young age of five, Ben began experimenting with food. The role that eating healthy food plays in healing the mind and body was consistently demonstrated through his parent’s commitment to their professions in the health field, and at home, leaving Ben with the desire to share that knowledge. Chef Ben lives in Elmore, Vermont, and when he’s not cooking, writing, or developing new recipes, you can find him on the slopes or in the woods.

Bethany Videto

Bethany VideyoBeth has a wealth of experience with horses and has a valuable multi-discipline background which will diversify Catskill Horse's ability report and write across all facets of the equestrian world.

Bethany Videto is an avid trail rider, barrel racer and equine massage therapist. She has been riding and working with horses for 17 years, starting as a Dressage and Jumper rider and later expanding to Western riding to work on several ranches.  She is involved in training, competitive games and team penning with her 4 year old Appendix mare Orla.


Chelsea V. Smith.

Chelsea V. SmithChelsea recently graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) with a Masters in History, and also holds a B.A. in History with English and International Studies minor, from Susquehanna University, P.A. During her time at UVM Chelsea worked in the writing field, dedicating a year to working on a project to train professors how to teach writing skills to students of all levels within the University. Chelsea is a published writer, has presented her writings across the country as far West as Montana, and has presented her published works up and down the East Coast including locally at the Historical Society of Gilboa, NY.

While Chelsea has had to put her equestrian activities on hold due to work, travel and study schedules, she has trained in multiple disciplines including hunter/jumpers and also dressage and has worked with several noted trainers in those disciplines.


Cheryl Kelly.

Cheryl KellyCheryl is an experienced horse owner and has trained in a variety of equestrian disciplines.
"I am passionate about horses... I consider myself lucky to share my life with my horses these past 25 years..." says Cheryl.

With her stellar background in nursing and in helping the elderly and those in need in her professional life working for a Catskills Not For Profit organization, Cheryl brings a wealth of organizational talent and knowledge of local resources.




Holly Peterson.

Holly PetersonHolly is a mom of two and the owner and operator of HP Training - a small lesson and training operation located at Chestnuts Creek Farm in Morris NY.  She offers lessons and training in Balanced Seat, Hunter/Jumpers, Dressage, Western and Trail.

Holly has been actively working in the equine industry for over 26 years as an instructor, competitor, trainer, barn manager and rider. She is a Delaware Valley College grad, with a BA in Animal Science: major in Equine Training; AS in Equine Science, CHA Certified Horse Instructor– 1994.





Jenny Rolfe

Jenny RolfeJenny Rolfe is an inspiration to students and trainers who seek a deeper empathic connection with their horse. Students travel from across the world to learn the art of communication through breath-heart-energy awareness with Jenny and her beautiful Iberian stallions.

This path leads to deeper empowerment and harmony in body, mind and spirit- the place where horse and rider connect – as the horse mirrors the breath-heart-energy from the rider.
Jenny’s students come from diverse backgrounds and include international trainers, BHS trainers, dressage competitors, natural horsemanship instructors and equine healers.

Jenny writes regular articles for leading equestrian magazines in the UK, Europe, Egypt, Australia and the USA. She is a renowned author and her titles include Breathe Life into Your Riding, Ride From the Heart and also the DVD Ride From the Heart.

Juliet Harrison

Juliet HarrisonJuliet R. Harrison is an award-winning photographer who began her career in photography in the late 1980’s. Ms. Harrison received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Specializing in traditional hand-printed Black and White photographs, Juliet Harrison has captured images of horses for more than 20 years. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions across the United States, and has been published in various magazines.  Ms. Harrison has published several books of her work, including White Horses: From the Literal to The Sublime, Equiscape: A Modernist Nude and Track Life in Saratoga Springs and most recently Track Life: Images and Words. Most recently, Ms. Harrison has open the Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook, NY, representing some of the finest equine artists from around the world. Ms. Harrison lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York.

Kelly Brainerd

Kelly BrainerdSince the age of five, Kelly Brainerd has been riding horses across the streams, through the forests and over the mountains, in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

Kelly attended Meredith Manor Equestrian School, West Virginia, then headed West to Wyoming where she worked on a trail ranch enjoying the pristine Shoshoni National Forest as her 'office.'

On returning to the East coast she worked at a private farm as Barn Manager, handling all facets of horse care, including being the 'seeing eyes' for a blind horse Zues.

Kelly currently owns two thoroughbred horses. Iin addition to being Mom to her son as well as to her horses, she enjoys lots of mountain air working in the agri-industry for a herbal supply company. In her free time Kelly is now learning basic dressage with a local Grand Prix trainer and looks forward to starting up her four year old Thoroughbred.

Nancie Abuhaidar

Nancie Abuhaidar

At the age of eight, Nancie Abuhaidar was supposed to learn to play tennis. But when her tennis-pro aunt stepped in a gopher hole and broke her ankle, a new plan was needed. Instead of hours on the court, Nancie spent that summer taking riding lessons. And she never stopped.
Since that fateful summer, Nancie has ridden hunters, jumpers, trained with a classical dressage instructor, worked for an equine veterinarian, taught up-down lessons, evented, led trail rides, learned to drive both carriages and sleighs, crewed for a 100 mile endurance race, and completed a competitive trail ride.
Away from the barn, Nancie graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in English and a certificate in International Relations. Still, she divides her time between writing and her passion for horses.
Currently, she lives in Upstate New York with her husband, Ramzi, and their menagerie (three dogs, six cats, three snakes and eight horses). Her goal is to overcome age-induced-adult-amateur-fear syndrome and compete in jumper shows and low-level eventing.


Pat Kitchen

Horse Riding in KenyaPat Kitchen has been riding horses since the age of five at Syosset, Long Island, New York under the tutelage of her mother. Her mother and her sister trained under Cpt. Littauer and her aunt went on to compete in hunter/jumpers and competied at Madison Square Garden.

Pat has lived in many different countries and although her first formal training was in the U.S. in Virginia, she had her first horse while living in Kenya, where she competed in Pony Club and gymkanas.

Her riding teacher was the late Mrs Carles, the only certified riding teacher in Nairobia at the time. Before moving to Kenya Mrs Carles lived in the U.K. and taught at Gordonstoun. She was hand picked the Royal family to teach Prince Philip and Prince Charles to ride!!

Pat is mother to a daughter, in addition to her two horses. An ex dressage horse Zeus and a companion mare that she has rescued.