Karina

Karina

Karina Hogan moved to the United States from Germany in January of ’05 with her husband Chad.  Shortly thereafter she brought her own horse over.  Her love affair with all things equestrian began at an early age.

A German national, she started riding at the age of nine in the small town of Wipsfeld.  At ten, her grandfather recognized her obvious passion and bought her a horse.  Competition in dressage events wasn’t far behind.  By the time she was fourteen, she was competing with her second horse in the 3’6”-4’-0” Equitation and Jumper events.  She studied with Trainer Wolfgang Lehnert at the breeding and training stable RGS Fankenhof-Sonnefeld. (w ww.frankenhof-sonnefeld.de).  She attended agricultural school where she studied the care and feeding of livestock.  She enjoyed further training at the R&FV Grossotheim stable.  (www.reitverein-gossosthein.de)  Knowing she had found her true passion in live, she applied for and received a very coveted apprenticeship with Siegfried Haaf; a highly renowned rider/trainer.

Within a few months, misfortune visited and her training was derailed by a serious motorcycle accident.  Recovery wasn’t easy or fast but she ultimately prevailed and was back riding after 4 months and shortly thereafter found work the RC Eltmann stable.  There she worked as the head trainer.  She developed a following and had at one point 26 students, ten school horses and 18 horses to train.  Many of these horses were shown all over Germany with some of their owners competing at the 4’3” class.

This became her jumping off point for a move to the States.  It took some courage as she had no job waiting, nor did her husband and she spoke no English.  It did not however take long for her Equestrian talents to be recognized.  She found work at the Sandamar Farm in Poulsbo riding horses.  She quickly moved from simply riding to training and then became the head trainer.  Then 8 years later in 2012  she has moved on to work for herself doing what she loves.