Planner Steps Up for Publicity Role

Planner Steps Up for Publicity Role
Photo credit: Take The Moment

Katherine Davies may be filling some big shoes left by former publicity officer Harriet Lamb but this company director brings some serious talent to the table of the Kihikihi International Horse Trial.
She and husband Karl Baldwin own a planning consultancy business in Cambridge. She’s a keen rider who has previously competed to novice horse trial level and 1.2m show-jumping. These days she admits she’s not so brave and is happier bringing through young horses and competing at low level eventing, dressage and show-jumping.
However, a key family member at their 11-acre Ohaupo lifestyle block is her 12-year-old crossbred pinto Trix.
“She is completely underutilised with me as she’s a fantastic jumper and a great little allrounder but I have had her since she was three and she is just part of the family now,” says Davies.
She admits she and Trix should be going pre novice this season after a first and second at their last training trials in the autumn season – “the horse is more than capable of that” –but time will tell if that happens..
Davies also has a rising two-year-old Indy who she’s tagged as her future project.
President Georgie Smith was the one who quietly suggested to her friend that she may have something that could help the Kihikihi committee.
“I knew the committee was a really good one, as is the event, and I felt it was about time I gave something back to the sport,” says 37-year-old Davies. “It’s special to be involved with a committee like this that keeps on winning best event as voted for by the riders . . . it speaks volumes.”
She has competed at Kihikihi before, but not for around 15 years. As well as low level eventing, she also does level 2 dressage and is ready to try level 3.Davies also plans to do more show-jumping to get some practice over bigger fences. She says “you never know, I may be competing at Kihikihi myself again in the near future”.
“I like to do a bit of everything and just really try to have fun with my horses,” she says.
Which fits in perfectly with her love of bringing on young horses.
Davies says her planning background means she has to be organised . . . super organised, and she’s confident that will roll through to her involvement with the committee.
She’s also embarking on a little study too, having just enrolled to do a Diploma in Health and Wellbeing.
“I am very interested and passionate about taking a holistic view to health, particularly looking at lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and stress which can impact significantly on physical and mental wellbeing” she says.
However, planning is likely to continue to be her profession for the foreseeable future . . . worked in with her love of equestrian of course.


Date Added: Monday, 11th January 2016