We had the good fortune of connecting with Katelyn Ellis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katelyn, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my own business started when I was in college. I knew school was not for me very quickly and my passion had always been horses. I went part time in school and started to pursue training horses. Not long after I sought out a certification program under a bigger named horse trainer and finished the program. Now I am able to commit to my business 100%, and I could not be more thankful to my clients, friends and family who recommend me to others as well as support me in my business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my business I treat every horse as if it were my own. I also believe that I communicate well with all of my clients. A big challenge is charging my worth. I want to be reasonable but now that my business has become my sole income, I have to charge accordingly. So the way I went about this challenge, is to be as accommodating as I could by not under selling myself but not being at he top of the chart as other trainers. I know in the future I will be more confident and experienced to charge a higher rate, but until I feel more confident in myself it will come with time.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Places to eat I would take them to some steakhouses, mexican restaurants or food trucks as well as cook for them at home. Places to go would most likely be the barn, ax throwing and maybe country dancing or the rodeo.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Since I was a kid, I had always been horse crazy. My move from California to Colorado at the age of nine, the neighbor across the street, Cordell Curiale, was a certified horse trainer under Dennis Reis. I would sit on his fence every morning to ride his horses and learn about them. He took me under his wing and taught me just about everything I know. Now he is 80 years old and I still go to him for guidance. Another mentor would be Ken McNaab who I attended his certification program. Ken really helped me on the business side of things as well as expanded my knowledge in many aspects of training. But above all, my grandmother who handed down the horse gene was my first and biggest supporter. I hope to continue this dream of mine under her watch in heaven and to make her proud.

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