Meet the Trainer
My name is Mary Kilpatrick. I have been riding horses for nearly 20 years and training for the past 10 years. I graduated from Judson College in 2016, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science. I was taught the ropes of training horses by Mr. Bobby Rash of Slocomb, AL. Under his tutelage, I learned how to start a horse from the ground up, without the use of unnecessary force, and can finish a horse in most western disciplines. Throughout my life, I competed in Western Pleasure, Trail, Ranch, and Ranch Trail, Cattle Work, Reining, Horsemanship, Showmanship, Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, and Equitation. I've won numerous belt buckles at a regional and state level and strive to get my students to that point as well. I competed in 4H through high school and IHSA through college, starting in the Novice level class before pointing up within a year and a half to the top 2 levels IHSA offer - Advanced Horsemanship and Reining. I competed at IHSA regionals (with a broken elbow and pelvis), won the buckle, and qualified for semi-finals twice. At the semi-finals in Ohio, I competed in Advanced Horsemanship. Through the Equine Facilitated Mental Health options that Judson College offered, I am also a PATH certified riding instructor. I also run the Geneva County 4H Horse Program and am one of the Wiregrass IEA Team coaches!
I can teach beginner through advanced riding lessons, to include any of the above-listed disciplines, as well as jumping and hunter over fences, and timed events. Our program still has limited space for beginner lessons, but we are moving toward more showing! I have a few lessons horses of my own or I can travel (within a reasonable distance and additional fee!) to you if you have your own horse. MK Performance Horses takes anyone, ages 5 and up for lessons!