Katja came to Derby Farms in the fall of 2013 to audit a Jan Ebeling Clinic and signed up with Pam for some dressage lessons. Katja received the beginning of her dressage training riding with Christiane Noelting of California throughout her early teens and then helped ride client's dressage horses in the Davis area while she was in high school. Based on her excellent riding skills I hired her almost immediately as a working student. After doing everything from backing 2 ½ year olds to refining her skills at Piaffe/Passage and one time changes with lessons on Rodioso she is now my part-time riding assistant/trainer. Katja has had a riding passion since birth that she got from her mother a native born German who is a professor at UC Davis in California. Her mother has purchased two outstanding Rodioso youngsters over the years and done very well, winning national awards on the eldest, (Betsy) Ross with Reveille waiting in the wings due to his youth. Betsy and Reveille are now stabled at and train with Susan Treabess of Woodland, CA. When Katja flies back home to Davis to visit her family she gets the chance to ride her mother's horses with Susan. In the Spring/Summer of 2015 Katja was able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to ride and train with talented German dressage trainer, Jochen Vetters, while she studied abroad in Berlin. Katja graduated with a BS in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2016 and devoted most of her summer showing young horses for Derby Farms and clients, most notably Rodio (Rodioso/Art Deco) for Bonnie Kearney of North Bend Washington earning a national breed award at Second Level. She splits her work time between the University of Washington Psych Lab and Derby Farms.
Codi came to us upon our veterinarian’s recommendation and is an outstanding farrier in the sporthorse field. He has had extensive experience in the Arabian show world in the Southwest, Hunter/Jumpers in the East and dressage horses her in the Pacific Northwest. He is always prompt about appointments and sensitive to the sport horses needs. He is extremely well versed with the young horse and foals and keeps everyone here at the farm on a regular schedule. You are welcome to use the farrier of your choice, but if you need one Codi will be happy to accommodate you.
Rainland Farm Equine:
Rainland Farm Equine Clinic is the 24 hour vet service on call for Derby Farms. The clinic is less than a mile from the farm and houses a full surgical unit as well as having two full time vets on call at all times. Dr. Robert Fleck is the clinics founder and head vet and tends to all the reproductive care as part of the Derby Farms Breeding program. A client is welcome to use any vet of their choice, but it is nice to know we have such a fine and experienced clinic at our finger tips 24/7. For more information on Rainland . For more information on Rainland Farm check out their website at