the Best

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. Riders collaborate with their trainer to identify objectives and develop customized training programs, including show schedules, that match the rider’s needs and ability. Training programs are unique, personalized, and tailored to help each rider achieve their goals.

Our riders compete in a variety of hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions at A/AA shows regionally, nationally, and across North America and Canada. Many riders qualify and compete at shows such as Devon, Kentucky Pony Finals, FEI/North American Youth Championships (Young Riders), Harrisburg, Washington, and the National Horse Show.

AFEC equine management and training programs incorporate continuous improvement and best-in-class practices.  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 and achieving goals for an equestrian competitor is securing the right equine partners.  Serving as trusted advisors, Always Faithful 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 health and readiness to successfully compete.

Train with the Best

Kent Farrington

AFEC is proud of its integrated training program with Kent Farrington. A Chicago native, Kent is an Olympic silver medalist in show jumping who earned the elite status as the number one ranked show jumper in the world, for eleven consecutive months. He is also the winner of the 2019 Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, revered by many to be the most prestigious win in the sport of show jumping.

Kent and his team are passionate about helping dedicated riders grasp their potential while creating an environment for horses to thrive as top athletes.  As Kent explained at the 2012 George Morris Horsemanship Training Session,  “I keep it pretty simple.  Training horses is like anything—it’s all about being consistent. You do the same thing training the same way every single day—it becomes a habit. Horses understand that.”

To learn more about Kent’s style of teaching at the 2012 and 2018 George Morris Horsemanship Training Sessions, read Building Blocks of Success by the Chronicle of the Horse and Train What’s Difficult by Practical Horseman.

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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), please contact us.

Alex Warriner

Alex Warriner (KPF) 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 both 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, and 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.  Her extensive depth and breadth of equine training, equine management, and rider instruction makes her an incredible resource for our equestrian athletes.

Lauren Abdelahad

Lauren serves as an Assistant Program Director, in support of the Equine Management and Training Program, the team’s AA show travel circuit, and instruction at the AFEC Riding Academy.

Lauren brings fifteen years of equestrian experience across Eventing and Show Jumping disciplines. In her earlier years, she was an active participant at the national level in the United States Pony Club, and coordinated, managed, and conducted riding camps, with passionate dedication to training emerging equestrians and young horses.

Prior to joining AFEC, Lauren spent the last six years focused on best practices in equine care and training, working closely with several top tier FEI International Show Jumping and Eventing competitors, including members of the Ecuador team in the Pan American games.  She has also proudly developed numerous green horses along the way, many progressing to be highly successful competitors.  Lauren loves to take on challenges associated with young, inexperienced horses, and is avid in her determination to maintain the physical and mental soundness of these magnificent animals.

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.