Our Staff:

April R. Barrachina, Show Groom/Barn Manager

April graduated, magna cum laude, from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI, in May 2006, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Business Management. As a Golden Quill Honor Society member, upon graduation, she was presented with the University Honors Scholar Award.

April’s background was primarily showing in Hunt Seat Equitation with some combined training since 1996, receiving numerous year-end awards. She competed in IHSA Open Equitation during college, holding the position of Zone 1 Region 1 Official Point Secretary. She worked for 4 summers as a Counselor / Riding Instructor (3 years), and Assistant Director / Riding Instructor (1 year) for the Bonnie Castle Summer Riding Program at Stoneleigh Burnham School, Greenfield, MA. She has held a Massachusetts Horse Rider Instructor’s License since June 2005.

April started as Kim’s Show Groom at Plain Dealing Farm in September 2006. She accompanied Kim on her journey to open her own business in August 2007. In addition to being Kim’s show groom, April’s current duties include the full responsibility for therapeutic care, conditioning, exercising, and maintenance of all horses, as well as barn management, including general office & administrative duties.

In August 2008, April began training Poseidon, a Dutch Warmblood Gelding, owned by Sheri Silvia and Paragon Equestrian Centre. She took him to his first eventing competition at Five Points Horse Trials in September 2008. April and Poseidon won the Beginner Novice Division, finishing on their Dressage Score of 34. Poseidon moved up to the Novice level where he finished in 3rd place at the Maryland Horse trials at Loch Moy in October 2008.

April’s Complete USEA Career Record
Poseidon’s Complete USEA Career Record

Jodi Hemry, Bookkeeper/Winter Coordinator

Jodi has trained with Kim since 2003. She competes at area horse trials on thoroughbreds owned by Ralph Marrinson and Marrinson Stables: Harbor Nights showing at the Training level, Charles Harbor showing at the Preliminary level, and In Style showing at the Preliminary level.

Jodi schedules Kim’s clinics during the winter in Aiken, SC, where Kim continues her winter training. Contact Jodi for winter clinics and/or lessons with Kim, March – April: [email protected]

Jodi’s Complete USEA Career Record
Harbor Night’s’s Complete USEA Career Record
Charles Harbor’s Complete USEA Career Record
In Style’s Complete USEA Career Record

Marrinson Stables Web Site
Marrinson Stables
18 Foley Circle
Ridge Spring, SC
phone: (803) 640-6691

Gabby Dickerson, Working Student

Congratulations Gabby and Folie!!! for competing in your first long format event in Lexington, Kentucky,winning the Training division, finishing on your dressage score of 29.2 ahead of 31 competitors. (10/09)

Gabby began riding at age 6 and has been training with Kim since October 2007. She is a member of the Mountain Skyline Pony Club: Mountain Skyline Pony Club riding at the C2 level. Since October 2008, she has been competing at the Training level, placing 2nd on Folie a Deux at the Virginia Horse Trials in October 2008. Gabby and Folie finished 1st, on their 27 dressage score, in the Junior Training Division at Paradise Farm Horse Trials, Aiken, SC, February 2009.

Gabby has set her immediate goal of making the young rider team and her future goal of competing at the Olympics. Gabby and her horse, Folie a Deux, have consistently placed in the top four while training under Kim.

Soon, Gabby will also be competing on her new horse, Oliver, a 5 year old 16.0 hand thoroughbred cross.

Gabby’s Complete USEA Career Record
Folie a Deux’s Complete USEA Career Record (SOLD)

Kelsey Hoiness, Working Student

Kelsey has been riding since the age of 5 and first met Kim at a clinic in March of 2007. She is a C2 level member of Yadkin Valley Hounds Pony Club and currently competes her horses at the Training level. Kelsey has purchased two new horses, a 4 year old and 6 year old. She has started showing Quite The Gentleman (Jesse) at the Novice level.

Kelsey has goals of competing at Rolex and for the US Eventing team at the Olympics.

Paradise Farm Horse Trials, Aiken, SC, February 2009, proved to be a great beginning for Kelsey and her new mount, Quite The Gentleman. At his first recognized show they finished on their 29.5 dressage score, winning their Open Novice Division. In May 2009 competing at the Training level, they fnished on their dressage score of 30 in 2nd place at MCMTA Horse Trials, Maryland. Their accomplishments now include taking the BLUE RIBBON at Rubicon Horse Trials in Virginia, competing at the Training level this past June 2009.

Kelsey’s Complete USEA Career Record
Quite The Gentleman’s Complete USEA Career Record
Perfect Timing’s Complete USEA Career Record (For Sale or Lease)
A Simple Pleasure’s Complete USEA Career Record (For Sale or Lease)



Irish Sport Horse Agent

Revitavet Always Cooley

Revitavet Always Cooley “ALLCO”

“Allco” is a 2011, Irish Sport Horse mare. She started her eventing career in 2016, placing 1st at her first Training level at Millbrook Horse Trials. Kim is very excited to see what the future holds for her!

“ALLCO’S” Finishes

3rd Place, Virginia Horse Trials, Training, 10/16 (VA)
1st Place, Hillbrook Horse Trails, Training, 7/16 (NY)

Horses For Sale

Horses For Sale

KSE currently has no horses for sale. Please check back frequently for additions or contact Kim directly at [email protected]


 Congratulations to Paula and Louis Rogers for their purchase of Mighty Himself.


Congratulations to Nicki Grandia on her purchase of Chopin.


Congratulations to Sally Rumph on her purchase of “Hang Time!”


Congratulations to Ellie Brown who purchased Ringfort Fighting Chance!

Join in by Supporting Kim

If you are interested in helping support Kim and any of her top prospects, you can make a tax deductible contribution in their name through the American Horse Trials Foundation: www.ahtf3day.org

Experience Ownership

Please check our Syndication page for further information on Cooley Crossborder.

Hope Cove

Hope Cove “Henry”

“Henry” is a 2001 16.0 hand Zangersheide owned by Michelle Parker. Henry arrived at KSE in the late summer of 2013. Henry has previously had 3*** experience with Janette Brakewell. Most recently he has been helping to season a young rider at the 1* level in Texas. Kim has spent the Fall of 2013 getting to know this horse at the Training level. This pair moved up successfully to Prelim in 2014.

“Henry’s” Finishes

st Place, Red Hills Int’l HT, Open Prelim, 3/14 (FL)

2nd Place, Sporting Days HT, Open Prelim, 3/14 (SC)

4th Place, Paradise HT, Open Prelim, 2/14 (SC)

2nd Place, Full Gallop HT, Open Training, 2/14 (SC)

3rd place, Surefire HT, Open Training, 6/13 (VA)


How It All Began

Kim, a native of Tucson, Arizona, is one of four children. Her mother, Jackie, had her riding almost before she could walk. She began formal dressage lessons at age 8. At age 11, she was competing at third level Dressage. That year, she discovered Eventing and competed her pony Troublefree at their first Event. Obsessed with the sport, she trained with Canadian rider, Dale Irwin. By age 13, she had taken Troublefree to the Training level. Kim was winning at the Preliminary level just two years later, aboard the mare, Meersluft.

By age 16, she had successfully trained three young, inexpensive horses from Novice up to Intermediate level horse trials. Kim was already demonstrating her innate ability to get the very best out of every horse. In 1993, Kim made the cross-country trek to Leesburg, Virginia, to train with Jack LeGoff and Jimmy Wofford. Kim managed the Dominion tack shop in Middleburg before partnering with Linda Wachmeister and Plain Dealing Farm in 1996. Kim was originally hired to exercise horses and coach Linda’s two daughters. Linda then agreed to sponsor Kim’s pursuit of International competition. Kim credits much of the success in her career to Linda.

Rolex, World Games and the Olympics!

Kim went on to win the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* three times with Winsome Adante “Dan” in 2002, 2004, and 2005. Kim and Dan were part of the gold medal winning USA team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. They placed 6th individually. (This was Kim’s first time riding for the United States). This pair also competed at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, where they won the individual silver medal and team bronze. In 2004, Kim was ranked the #1 F.E.I. rider in the world, an Eventing superstar with a total dedication to success. Kim and Dan were named to the 2006 USA World Equestrian Games where they competed in Aachen, Germany. At these Games, Kim was the Developing Riders Coach, assisting Chef D’Equipe, Captain Mark Phillips. Kim and Dan finished 3rd at Badminton in 2007 before he was retired later that year. In the fall of 2007, after 11 wonderful years at Plain Dealing Farm, Kim took the next step in her career and has ventured out on her own. She has established her own successful business, Kim Severson Eventing, LLC.

More recently, Kim finished 5th with Tipperary Liadhnan at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in 2008, and was short-listed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kim and Paddy were then named to the 2010 World Equestrian Games team in Lexington, Kentucky. With multiple F.E.I. 1st through 3rd placings, Kim has sat near the top of the USEA leaderboard throughout her career. Kim has been named the U.S. Eventing Association’s Lady Rider of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.

Looking forward

Kim currently has a talented string of up-and-coming Event horses in her barn who are strong competitors for the future. She has focused much of her time recently on a great variety of students of all ages and skill levels. Having sold her own four star mount, Tipperary Liadhnan, Kim spent most of 2010-2012 focusing on training students of all ages and skill level. Under Kim’s guidance, her student, Nina Ligon was named the #1 USEA young rider in 2010 and 2011 and won the prestigious 2011 F.E.I. Rising Star Award. Kim helped Nina reach her ultimate goal of riding at the London 2012 Olympics. Kim also coached Team Thailand at the Asian Games in 2010. Meanwhile, Kim traveled to Ireland and purchased a few young horses from Cooley Sporthorses. She has been quietly building those horses into upper level mounts. In 2013, as a result of helping Nina, Kim received the ride on Nina’s horse, Fernhill Fearless aka “Sparky”. Kim and Sparky began their competition partnership in June 2013. After a successful Fall and Spring campaign, including a 5th place at Fair Hill CCI***, 5th place at The Fork CIC***, and 11th place at Rolex CCI****, they were named to the WEG squad for Normandy 2014.


Taylor Mohr and Cooley High WaterLucia Strini Maris Burns and Linda Dahigren and AFW AMI Fidele

Lisbeth Storandt and Open Rebellion Nina Ligon and Fernhill Fearless

Lainey Ashker and Anthony PatchEllie Brown and Duncunellen

Christy Mackaness and Escape Appeal Jodi Hemry and Instyle

Jessica Bortner-Harris and Win the WarKelsey Hoiness and TM Ballingary

Molly Bull and KiltartanTeresa Brookins and Negrito

Elizabeth Bennet and Kite Gabby Dickerson and Hang Time

Rosa Watson Lehnig and PL Irish Thunder


Meet the KSE Staff!

Andi Lawrence,
Groom/Barn Manager

Andi arrived at KSE as a working student in the summer of 2015 from Unionville, PA. She came with her Intermediate level mount, Armani IV. In November of 2015, Kim and Andi went to Ireland and imported a six year old mare, Cooley Northern Mist “Grace”. Andi and Grace hope to make the move up to the Preliminary level this season, shooting for a CCI* in the Spring. Andi became Head Groom in March of 2016.

Molly Bull,
Competition Scheduler

Molly Bull began Eventing in high school and graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1997. Two years later, she began taking lessons with Kim and was hired as a groom for Kim in 2000. With Kim’s help, Molly purchased the four-year-old Kiltartan in 2001 and slowly took him up through the levels. They placed 9th at their first CCI*** at Fair Hill in 2004 and were named to the 2005 Winter Training List. In 2007 they completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. Kim also helped Molly bring along a mare, Hole in One, from a green youngster to the Advanced level. Molly is currently taking time off from riding at the upper levels to be a mom, but is bringing along a young horse with Kim’s help. Molly and Ballinaguilkey Mike will be out competing at training level Spring 2014 and hope to move up to prelim later in the year.
Molly handles all of Kim’s show scheduling and entry requirements.



Training With Kim

Kim has an innate ability to transform an average horse into a top quality competitor. She is an experienced trainer and elite performer who will improve your horse’s potential and visibility.

Kim has a limited number of openings available to train and show event horses. If you are looking to sell your horse, let her provide the necessary training and exposure.

Have your horse join Kim’s roster of success stories. She has successfully trained:

Winsome Adante
Royal Venture
Tipperary Liadhnan
Over The Limit
Tsunami III
Choo Choo Magoo
Mighty Himself
Wall Street Whisper
Queen Wannabee
Fantasy Impromptu
Wiley Post
Tiger Lily V
First Officer
Echo November

Lessons with Kim

Kim offers private lessons in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to train with a very experienced and successful International competitor.

Lessons are conducted at Kim’s facility in Charlottesville, VA and Plain Dealing Farm in Scottsville, VA. If Kim’s schedules permits, arrangements can be made at your local facility.

Kim spends the winters/early spring in Aiken, SC. where she is available to teach as well. Contact Kim to discuss location, schedule, and fees.

Schedule a Clinic with Kim at Your Facility

Kim is available as a clinician and for exhibitions, involving demonstrations in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country. To discuss location, availability, & fees, please contactMolly Bull at: [email protected] or 434-962-0306.

Become an Owner/partner with Kim

Kim is expanding her operations and actively seeking Owner/Partners who will enjoy the thrill of competition and the distinctive recognitions they will earn in the eventing community.

To become an owner/partner in Cooley Cross Border, contact Kim at (434) 953-3571 or e-mail: Kim [email protected]

Or for more information on KSE Syndication opportunities, please see the Syndication page.