Caitlyn is the latest addition to our roster of wonderful sponsored riders, and we couldn't be happier.
Caitlyn Shiels is currently an assistant trainer and rider at Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, Illinois. Born and raised in Sheffield, Massachusetts, Caitlyn began riding at the age of 8. As a junior, she rode with Andre Dignelli at Heritage Farm in Katonah, New York, during which she finished in the top ten in all major equitation finals.
In 2004, Caitlyn was a double gold medalist in both the team and individual NAYRC, which launched her into her career as a professional trainer and rider. After achieving this success, Caitlyn apprenticed under such professionals as Andre Dignelli, Mclain Ward, Ken Smith and Kate Stoffel-Oliver to name a few.
Caitlyn joined the Canterbury Farm team in early May of 2013. Almost immediately after becoming a part of the team, Caitlyn and head trainer Greg Franklin began enjoying great success with multiple championships at major shows including Spring Spectacular, Horse Shows by the Bay, Traders Point Charity Horse Show, and Kentucky. A highlight of this season was Caitlyn’s win aboard Kenya (owned by Michelle Durpetti) week II at Horse Shows by the Bay in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby. She and Kenya continued their winning ways with a second place in the National Derby at the Trader’s Point Charity Horse Show. Caitlyn was nominated for and finished in the top 5 of “Horse & Style” magazine’s 2013 assistant trainer of the year. She looks forward to working with Greg to prepare both the horses and riders of the Canterbury team for the 2014 season.
Welcome to the OS family Caitlyn!