Photo courtesy of Dr. Elton Rogers.
Katie Dymek, DVM
Rider and Trainer
Katie started riding when she was ten years old at the local riding club “Tecza” in Mielec, Poland. Since then she has been involved in multiple equestrian disciplines including starting young horses, trail riding, fox hunting, dressage, cross-country and hunter-jumping. She was a member of UIUC intercollegiate riding team while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Champaign-Urbana. During that time, she also trained and showed horses for clients in dressage. After graduating from college, Katie took a one year sabbatical from studying and went to Europe to work on her riding.
She was fortunate to acquire a working student position at the Lipizzan Stud Farm in Slovenia, Kobylarnia Lipica where she learned on and trained five Lipizzan stallions from training level to PSG under watchful eye of the Chief Rider, Stojan Modrec. She also took part in daily Lipizzan performances. She then was a working student for an FEI trainer Mr. Dieter Bruhn at Stall Hubertus in Kollow, Germany where she was offered a permanent rider position; however, due to other commitments she had to decline.
After returning to the USA, Katie worked at Tempel Farm where she continued riding and training young Lipizzan stallions. She then took a three-year break from riding to pursue veterinary degree. After her graduation, Katie focused on improving her dressage by taking lessons, participating in clinics and shows on regular basis which she continues until today. In 2010, with Christine Traurig’s help, Katie acquired a working student position with international Olympic coach, Mr. Jochen Hinnemann in Voerde, Germany.
Katie continues working with clinicians such as Lilo Fore, Garry Rockwell, Lars Petersen and Jan Ebeling; however, her two most prominent mentors have been Conrad Schumacher and Christine Traurig with whom she strives to work any chance she gets. Katie also obtains help and coaching from local accomplished trainers, Amanda Johnson and Bill Clements.
Katie has shown clients’ and her own horses in USDF and USEF recognized horse shows from training level to Intermediare I. She is currently schooling Grand Prix with her Dutch gelding, Nirvana. Her experience and extensive equine education produced a rider and trainer for whom the well-being, health and happiness of a horse is of utmost importance. Katie individualizes her program for each horse to produce a sound, educated and competitive athlete.
My constant companions Maria and Frida.