THETA, TN – Undoubtedly, one of the remarkable hits of the Sound Horse Conference was 25 year old Cat Dye of Winchester, Tennessee, who said, “I believe the children are the answer to the soring problem. The future is in our children. The only way to really get rid of it is raise a generation of children to grow up to be adults who find it unacceptable.”
Cat Dye grew up in Middle Tennessee.
Rather than reading Harry Potter like other children, she immersed herself in the Voice Magazine. Her first horse was a Tennessee Walking Horse she received at the age of eight. Dye spent time around the show circuit in Middle Tennessee learning what was done to win, and then she decided to do jumping competitions.
Dye realized that the Tennessee Walking Horse could jump as well as other breeds.
She worked her way through college at Virginia Intermount in Bristol, Virginia, earning a Bachelors degree in Equine Science, then she came home to operate her own equestrian business. It is centered around both Tennessee Walking Horses and Hunter Jumpers, utilizing primarily rescue horses. Dye teaches children how to develop a bond and confidence with horses based on trust, not pain.
Her stable, Black Anvil Equestrian, is located in Winchester, Tennessee on Tims Ford Lake below the Western side of the Cumberland Plateau.
Cat Dye is a remarkable young woman who is making a difference in the lives of young people and living her dream at the same time.
Dye was directly engaging and spoke from the heart from her personal experience in working with children. She outlined a future in which soring is no more because a generation of children was raised to view it as unacceptable.
Cat Dye trained the following horses which appeared at the University of Tennessee Homecoming football games in 2012 and 2013:
This is the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed to which U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), former President of the University of Tennessee, is ineffably oblivious.