Equestrian Life

Kate Selby has over 35 years experience teaching and training horses and riders of all levels. She has studied in the U.S. and Germany. For the past 27 years, she has coached the Middlebury College Equestrian Team.


Selby is an accomplished foxhunter, and for 8 years was the huntsman for Green Mountain Hounds foxhound club. 

In 2002, Kate was awarded the lifetime achievement of "Instructor of the Year" by the American Riding Instructor's Association (ARIA). She is Level III certified in Dressage and Hunt Seat.

Among Selby's many equestrian accomplishments are:

  • 14 seasons riding in the renowned Exhibition of Dressage at the VT Mozart Festival at Shelburne Farms; 

  • Equestrian Director and Choreographer for Dancing with Horses and the Equine Dance Company;

  • Founding member, Champlain Dressage Schooling Series;

  • Member, Vermont Technical College's Equine Studies Advisory Board since that program's inception;

  • Participant since 1996 in the Tufts University Adopt-A-Vet program. 

Writer's world

Kate Selby has published several educational articles for equestrian professionals in Riding Instructor, the official publication of the American Riding Instructor's Association.

Look for Selby's work in the September and October 2020 issues of Cricket magazine, with a serialized story for younger readers.

As a freelance copy editor and proofreader, Kate has worked for firms such as Common Ground Communications in Vermont, and River Communications, Inc., in New York.


Selby has written and illustrated four books for young readers. Having spent her life and career outside, working and living with animals, she likes to write about the intersection of life with nature.