Having been born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Kathy started riding at a very early age. Her family was into casual riding, and she started western horse showing at age 4. At age 12, she switched over to hunter-jumper competitions throughout the Midwest and Virginia area until she was 19. While at a prep school in Massachusetts, Kathy trained with Denny Emerson and had the opportunity to show in the ASPCA Maclay Medal Finals at Madison Square Gardens. She moved to Colorado in 1998 and transferred to the eventing arena. At present, she still has a horse, but only for occasional riding and he also makes a great lawn ornament.