MEET THE STAFF
MEET THE STAFF
David Cater, Owner/Trainer
David Cater began riding at age 10. His road to opening Cater Stables with his wife, Kristen, in 2006, started at a local barn before showing at Misty Hills under Sandy Currier. During high school and college, he worked for Jan Lukens, until he graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2001, when he began working full time under Mike Richardson at Cricket Hill Farm. David has trained numerous World's and National Champions and is a licensed USEF judge.
Kristen Cater, Owner/Trainer
Kristen Cater's equestrian career began at the age of 11, at Mariways Stable in Maine, under the direction of Annalisa Hall. Since starting Cater Stables in the fall of 2006 with her husband, David, Kristen has worked tirelessly to develop one of the sport's top lesson programs and her riders consistently rank among the best in the world. A licensed judge, she has served as president of UPHA Chapter 14 and has been a coach for Team USA in international Saddle Seat competitions on multiple occasions. Kristen is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.
Cate Lynch, riding instructor
Cate Lynch began her riding career at the age of 8 at Rolling Oaks Farm. She went on to compete in Equitation and performance divisions with Suzanne Haberek, Jaisen von Ballmoos and most recently was a part of Sebring Stables.
A highlight of her personal show ring experience was making history as the first rider to win the USEF Adult Saddle Seat Medal National Finals on a Morgan horse. She has worked closely with multiple winners of the AMHA Saddle Seat Medal Finals and enjoys teaching riders of all ages, including her mother.
Murphy McSemek, assistant trainer
Murphy McSemek began his horse career at the age of 6, taking riding lessons in Dayton, Ohio. After receiving a bachelors degree in Business Communications from William Woods University, Murphy worked for a variety of trainers across the Midwest including Bob Griffin and Tom Thorpe, Kent Swalla, Ray Krussell, and Mike Roberts. In 2011, Murphy was selected for the U.S. World Cup Invitational Team to compete in Parys, South Africa, where his team won the gold medal.
His most recent show ring accomplishment came in 2015, when he won the Open Park Pleasure National Championship at the American Royal. Murphy has a great deal of experience training horses for amateur riders and preparing riders for the show ring in both the Equitation and performance divisions.