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Personalized Training Programs

Always Faithful Equestrian Club (“AFEC”) partners with top-tier professionals to provide training and full-service care for our club members and their equestrian partners. Training programs are unique, personalized, and tailored to help each rider achieve their goals. Riders collaborate directly with their trainer to identify objectives and develop customized training programs, including show schedules, that match the rider’s needs and skill level.

Our riders compete in a variety of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions at A/AA shows regionally, nationally, and across North America; Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, Old Salem NY, Wellington FL, Spruce Meadows (Canada), etc.  Many riders also qualify and compete at national invitational events; Devon, Kentucky Finals, Young Riders, North American Youth Championships, Harrisburg, and Washington.  A select few of the most elevated riders compete at the FEI  2* to 5* levels of international competition throughout North America and Europe.

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AFEC is proud of its integrative training program with Kent Farrington LLC (“KPF”).  Kent is a show jumping Olympic medalist, who grew up in the Chicago area.  Kent has earned the elite position as the number one ranked FEI Show Jumping rider in the world.  Our Director of Program Development and dedicated in-house Head Trainer, Kim Davidson, has worked under Kent’s tutelage for years.  She operates the AFEC training program under the KPF umbrella, collaborating with KPF’s long-time manager and Head Trainer for North America, Alex Warriner. This progressive training approach permits the seamless advancement of our equestrian members as they pursue their individual goals.

Our equine management and training programs incorporate continuous improvement and best-in-class practices. Specialized training and program management are thoughtfully combined with the highest quality equine care. Training principles focus on understanding each rider’s learning style while upholding the highest level of respect for the horse and the sport.  A critical aspect of attaining elevated performance levels and goals for an equestrian competitor is securing the right equine partners.  Serving as trusted advisors, AFEC professionals are committed to achieving consistent success in sourcing properly matched equine partners. Our team is devoted to the vigilant maintenance of soundness, wellness, and specialized training of these elite equine athletes, ensuring their readiness to successfully compete.

Kim Davidson

Kim, our Director of Program Development and dedicated in house Head Trainer, provides oversight for all integrated training and equine management services. Prior to transitioning to a full-time position with AFEC, Kim worked for several top tier professionals. Her most recent years included working for both Kent Farrington and Brian Walker, focused on equine management and equestrian training with child, junior, and amateur riders. She governs the AFEC training program under the KPF umbrella, collaborating with Kent Farrington and his long-time Manager and current Head Trainer, Alex Warriner. Kim’s daily coordination with Alex ensures effective realization achieving best practices with rider instruction, equine training, and equine management.

Kim is at the heart of our values, culture, and philosophy embracing transparency, integrity, and effective communication. Kim, the rider, and our medical and farrier team work closely together to create a comprehensive program that incorporates health requirements, exercise regimens, and training objectives that are aligned with the goals of each rider and their equine partner.

To learn more about the AFEC Equine Management and Training Program (EMTP), fee free to contact Kim Davidson directly; <ahref=””> or (847) 624-9956.

Alex Warriner (KPF)

Alex provides demonstrated expertise, training at the highest level of competition. Her 25 years of experience in the sport started with a successful junior career, including second place finishes at the USET Finals and Maclay Medal Finals as a junior rider. She developed, built, and ran her own hunter/jumper training program before joining Kent Farrington (KPF) full-time. Alex served as Kent’s Manager of Operations and Training for more than twelve years. She has consistently supported Kent in his achievements as a USA Olympic Team Medalist and the 2017 number one ranked rider in the world for Longines show jumping. Alex has participated in every major international championship along the way; Global Champions Tour, World Cup Finals, Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, and the Olympic Games.

Since 2016, Alex has dedicated her focus towards training the most competitive junior and amateur riders, traveling with her clients to the best and most challenging shows in North America, championing their aspirations to achieve the highest levels of the sport. Alex’s students have earned wins and championships from the pony divisions through the high jumper divisions at all major North American shows including the Winter Equestrian Festival, American Gold Cup, Spruce Meadows, Hampton Classic, Great Lakes, Tryon Equestrian Center, etc. In 2018, Alex served as Zone 5 Chef de Equipe for the FEI North America Youth Championships, guiding the teams to gold, for both individual and team medals, out of a field of over fifteen teams of the highest ranked junior and young riders from the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Alex coordinates closely with Kim Davidson to ensure seamless advancement of qualified equestrians in our program, who want to pursue top levels of competition. Alex’s extensive depth and breadth of equine training, equine management, and rider instruction makes her an incredible resource for our equestrian athletes.

Katarina “Kat” Lissett

Kat, our Assistant Program Director and Trainer, is a professional rider and trainer dedicated to oversight of the fitness and training of our equine athletes. As a passionate rider for over twenty years, Kat was recognized early on as one of only three international riders selected to attend the “gifted rider program” at Brandenburger Gestut of Neustadt-Dosse Germany. This elite gifted rider program included living on property for six months and training in both dressage and show jumping. She has achieved the Prix St George dressage level of professional riding and is also an accomplished eventer and show jumper. Kat has worked as a professional groom and training rider for Boyd Martin (Olympic Team eventer), Brian Walker (International FEI 5* grand prix rider), and Kent Farrington (Olympic show jumper medalist who achieved #1 in the Longines World Rankings in 2017). Kat’s specialization in equine management and training has supported the best competitors in their quest for success throughout Europe and North America. She strives to inspire our young equestrians teaching solid fundamentals to accelerate their competitive ambitions.

Katie Kappler LLC

Katie has over 20 years of experience as a nationally recognized equitation, hunter, and jumper trainer. Katie and her assistant trainer, Savannah, operate their farm at Always Faithful Equestrian Club. Katie Kappler LLC offers a full-service training and showing program for her clients. Whether seeking to compete at the local or national level, Katie tailors her approach to meet the individual’s needs. Katie established her program at AFEC in 2014, and has consistently been a strong, highly regarded contributor to the organization. She is methodical in her training approach, with strong emphasis on the basics. To learn more about Katie Kappler and her training program please visit her website

Savannah Talcott

Savannah is a young professional who joined Katie Kappler in 2016. An accomplished junior rider, Savannah previously worked under the tutelage of Katie’s brother, Chris Kappler, an Olympic Show Jumper Gold Medalist. Savannah serves as assistant trainer and as a professional rider under Katie Kappler LLC.

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