Trainers

Katrine Nielsen

Katrine focuses her training programs on finding a balanced relationship between horse and rider.  She has successfully shown her own horses in 3-day Eventing through training level, yet her competition record does not reflect the extent of her riding experience. Her five years as a working student and groom for Olympian Amy Tryon gave her an abundance of experience schooling preliminary and intermediate level work on several horses, and helps to drive her goals to this day.  A large part of her riding love comes from restarting and shaping the future of OTTB’s and other young horses which she has been doing since 1998.

Working Student

Jena Sharp

Jena has come to OTLE with great experience from her time as a student with one of Katrine’s childhood mentors, Lotte Swauger. Passionate, yet shy, she started taking lessons at 5 years old. She sadly lost her first pony due to lameness issues, which developed a sensitivity within her about horse management. She started showing with her leased OTTB mare, Moxie, and has a wonderful introductory foundation behind her. Moxie had come to a point where she was ready to bring other young students through the same process, so Jena purchased OTLE’s Midnight Runner aka Issac in Spring 2020. With Lotte’s blessing, Jena transitioned into OTLE’s program at the end of the 2020 year and has taken on the working student mantle. While Jena has a strong background with teaching introductory lessons and organizing/paticipating in summer camps, her passion lay more with her OTTB and rescue horse work from Lotte’s program and we seek to strengthen that within her work here at OTLE. As of now, Jena has hopes of bringing Issac through to the upper levels of eventing and finishing off her psychology degree at Ventura Community College. We look forward to where Jena’s future will take her, she will be one busy girl.

Equine Talent

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Secret Command

Secret (lovingly nicknamed "Monster") is a 2010 OTTB originally sourced by Laurie Canty from Leigh Gray's Thoroughbred Rehab Center Inc. Secret ran his last race in 2016 and arrived in Laurie's barn October of that same year where he started his slow winter transition. In March of 2017 after taking a ride on Secret I decided to purchase the little superstar as my next prospect. So far Secret has proven to be willing and brave with a love for cross country. I have high expectations for Secrect and he continues to meet all of them.

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Prince (Infinite Loop)

Prince, renamed from his track name of Infinite Loop, is a stunning 2012 OTTB who was picked up in 2017 by Susan Kelejian when he was on his last chance. In September I had started working with Prince who, due to his playful nature in his stall, had a bit of an inconsistent start. By January 2018 I had fully taken over Prince's development. He has now settled into his routine and is moving to the next stages in his development.