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Personalized Training Programs

Always Faithful Equestrian Club (”AFEC”) partners with top-tier professionals to provide training and comprehensive equine management and care for our club members and their equestrian partners with training programs that are unique and tailored to help achieve their personal goals. Riders and trainers work together to identify objectives and develop customized training programs, and show schedules, that match the rider’s needs and skill level.

Our riders regularly compete in a variety of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions at A and AA shows nationally, and across North America, and National as well as in Europe. Many of our riders qualify and compete at National invitational events.

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Our Program Director and dedicated in-house Trainer, Kim Davidson previously worked for Kent Farrington and now operates the AFEC training program in collaboration with Kent’s long-time manager, Alex Warriner. This combined approach facilitates the advancement of our equestrian members as they pursue their individual goals. Whether a novice rider, a beginner competitor at local A shows, an advanced rider competing in the North American AA circuit, or equestrians striving for the highest levels of international FEI competitions, these professionals have the demonstrated expertise to meet your needs.

Our equine management and training programs incorporate best-in-class practices thoughtfully combined with the highest quality equine care. A critical aspect of attaining elevated performance levels and goals for a show jumping competitor is securing the right equine partners. Serving as trusted advisors, AFEC professionals are committed to achieving consistent success in the properly matched sourcing, value-added training, and vigilant maintenance of soundness and wellness of these elite equine athletes. Our training principles focus on understanding each rider’s learning style while engendering the highest level of respect for the horse and the sport.

Kim Davidson

Kim, our Director of Program Development and Training, provides oversight for all integrated training and equine management services in support of club members boarding at AFEC. Kim has worked for several top tier professional riders including in most recent years, both Kent Farrington and Brian Walker, supporting equine management and training of junior and amateur riders prior to transitioning to a full-time position with AFEC.

Kim is at the heart of our philosophy that embraces transparency, integrity, and effective communication. Kim, our member rider, and our veterinary 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, please contact our Director, Kim, directly: (847) 624-9956 or

Alex Warriner (KPF)

Alex provides demonstrated expertise in training at the highest level of show jumping, traveling with her clients to the best, and most challenging shows in North America. 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. Alex developed, built, and ran her own hunter/jumper training program before joining Kent Farrington full-time. For over ten years, Alex served as Kent Farrington’s Manager of operations and training, and now has dedicated her focus towards training the most competitive junior and amateur riders aspiring to achieve the highest levels of the sport.

Supporting Kent in his achievements as a USA Olympic Team Medalist and the 2017 number one ranked rider in the world in Longines show jumping, Alex has participated in the world’s biggest shows, and every major championship along the way including: World Cup Finals, Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, and Olympic Games. Alex’s students have earned wins and championships from the large pony divisions through the high junior jumper divisions at all major US shows including the Winter Equestrian Festival, Hampton Classic, American Gold Cup, and at Tryon Equestrian Center. In 2018 Alex served as the Zone 5 Chef de Equipe for the North America Youth Young Rider Championships where the team won the Gold Medal, out of a field of fifteen teams of the highest ranked junior rider show jumpers from the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

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. 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 the Brandenburger Gestut of Neustadt-Dosse Germany, living on property for six months, 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 care 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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