Cat Hill grew up in upstate New York on a working farm. Her earliest memory is of the day her parents got her a pony for her birthday. She grew up on that pony, who was followed by a series of Arabian show horses. In college, she started riding show hunters through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team at the University of Geneseo. After receiving her degree, she followed her love of horses to Ireland to be a working student at Mullingar Equestrian Center. Quickly promoted to barn manager, she spent half a year working with Show Jumpers and Eventers. Upon returning to the States, Cat spent time as a working student for a top Grand Prix Dressage Rider,  a winter working the Winter Equestrian Festival for a Grand Prix Showjumping rider, and moved on to manage a AA Hunter barn. From there she worked for Craig Thompson learning the ropes of grooming at events before being hired to manage Mara DePuy’s barn. After leaving Mara’s to move closer to family, she began freelancing as a groom at every various disciplines, as well as teaching lower level riders in dressage, jumping and eventing. Throughout the years she has worked at almost every type of competition, from the local fair to the Pan American Games.

about the Authors

Emma Ford originated from North Devon England and was brought up in the hunt field with her dad as Master of the Foxhounds. Emma was raised surrounded by horses. She grew up in the Pony Club system, receiving her “B” designation and culminating with jumping at the Horse of the Year Show in 1991. After completing her Baccalaureate of Science at the University of Wales she moved the the United States to follow her passion with horses. After managing Adrian Iorio’s advanced event horses for seven years in Boston Massachusetts, she moved on to manage Phillip Dutton’s barn in West Grove Pennsylvania. She has groomed at almost every 4 star event in the world, and has been a member of the U.S. Eventing Team at multiple Olympic, World, and Pan American Games. Throughout the years, in addition to eventing, Emma has had the opportunity to turn horses out at many upper level show-jumping competitions including the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington Florida as well as work for a promising young dressage rider at many upper level dressage shows.
Jessica Dailey is the owner of Jess Lynn Photography, located in the picturesque Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York.  Jessica’s long time love of art evolved into a passion for photography, and then eventually into the growing business that it is today. Her work includes commercial, event, fine art, and portrait photography.  Through her work on this book, Jessica has developed a new appreciation for the beauty of the equestrian world.