Meet the Team
Dressage Trainer: Kaitlin Blythe
Kaitlin operates Kaitlin Blythe Dressage in Rougemont, NC and Loxahatchee, FL in the winter. Kaitlin specializes in developing young horses up the levels, and teaching their owners to ride them effectively. Kaitlin has goals of representing her country on international teams, and is developing a string of horses with the potential to do so. Kaitlin’s accomplishments include training multiple horses to Grand Prix level, numerous plannings at the Festival of Champions and the National Young Horse Championships, earning team and individuals medals in U25 Nations cup competition, and winning the 2017 U25 Grand Prix national championships.
Currently, she is developing two horses for Pura Vida Farm, Davida PVF and Szynergy. Davida PVF is a 2017 Bay Hanoverian mare (Don Principe x Grand Amour) bred by Pura Vida Farm. She has had many successes in her young career so far, including winning 3 yo filly Materiale Horse of the Year and Materiale East Coast Championships in 2020, and winning the 4 year mares Materiale at Dressage at Devon in 2021. Currently, she is being developed with the goal of competing in the FEI 6 year olds in 2023. Szynergy is a 2018 Black Hanoverian gelding (Sezuan x Amperetta) acquired by Pura Vida Farm in 2021 with the goal of developing him for top sport. He is settling into his life in the US, and being prepared to compete in the 4 year old division in 2023.
Dressage Trainer: Jennifer Heiskell
Jennifer Heiskell moved to Hillsborough from Atlanta, GA where she has been a freelance dressage trainer and riding instructor part-time. She also works from home as an Information Security Engineer during the day. In her younger years, she was a barn manager and assistant trainer for Dressage trainers including Jodie Kelly and Tami Batts for several years. Jennifer currently has her USDF silver medal and has over a decade of experience training young horses to FEI and beginner to professional riders in not only Dressage but also incorporating Dressage principles to riders in other disciplines as well.
Eventing Trainer: The Frame Sporthorses
Martin Douzant & Joe DeSantis