Cathy began her saddle seat career at five years of age. Instructed by Johnny and Peggy Evans in Marietta, Georgia, she won the 8 and Under Equitation Division at the World Championship Horse Show held in Louisville, Kentucky - the first of six World Championship titles. (Equitation is an area of competition where the riders' skills are evaluated.)
At fifteen, she began riding at Crabtree Farms in Kentucky under the directionof world renowned instructor, Helen Crabtree. Under the direction of Crabtree, Cathy earned World Championship titles in both Equitation, riding "Ridgefield Genius Again" and in Five-Gaited competition, riding "CH Stonewall's Sound Of Music". Five Gaited is a division of the American Saddlebred Horse which displays the epitome of the breed. This division required the horse to execute, with brilliance and speed, the five gaits for which this breed is recognized. One of her favorite mounts was the 5-Gaited Champion "Stonewall's Sound Of Music". Cathy has shown in all divisions at major shows across the country, including Lexington, Louisville, Pin Oak, Rock Creek, and the American Royal.
After many years of riding Saddlebreds, Cathy turned to yet another breed, Quarter Horses. She began showing non-pro western pleasure on a horse she purchased, named Freckles Dun It. She and Dunnie won many non-pro futurities in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Dunnie was not only shown western pleasure but huntseat as well. Again she and Dunnie remained in the winners circle many times. Cathy has shown at the American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. She enjoyed her many years of showing and her success as well, but there was something missing in her life. In 1997 she purchased 78 acres in Taylorsville, Georgia. At that time, life changed for Cathy and Dunnie. Dunnie would now become her partner in teaching children to ride.
In 1998 Cathy began teaching all areas of riding, including saddleseat, hunt seat, and western riding and showing, at her Taylor Ridge Farm. She never imagined her passion for horses and children would have grown to such a large scale. The parents and children who participate are like one big family. Whether it be for horses, dogs, or cats or any other animal, everyone participates and learns from the great care she provides in the "back to nature" setting. Cathy boards horses and provides lessons for riders as young as three years old. As a group they attend area shows and other equine activities. She provides opportunities for Special Needs children, which includes bonding with these animals and learning to ride. Once a month she holds "Fun Saturday", providing group riding and special activities. Every summer she organizes riding camps held at the farm. Campers not only learn about riding, horse care, and horse anatomy, they also learn to be a team.
Throughout the years Cathy has been involved in various breeds. During her career she has been a successful "catch rider" at many shows for owners and trainers who need their horses presented to show their potential. Cathy resides on her farm, Taylor Ridge, in Taylorsville, Georgia.