Who we are:

Meet Carolyn,

Position: Owner and head trainer

Carolyn is the owner of First Class Horse Complex, LTD. located in Bristol, Wisconsin, where she is also the principal trainer and instructor. She has been a professional horse trainer, instructor and coach for over 36 years. Throughout her career, Carolyn and her students have shown various breeds and disciplines of horses on the local, national and international level. She enjoys teaching and educating horse owners and enthusiasts about their horses and the ways they can improve their relationships with their animals. Early in her career she developed a riding camp for a YMCA camp in northern Illinois.

Recently, she originated The International Equestrian Masters Symposium to further educate horseman about proper care and training of all disciplines and breeds. Currently, she is developing an equestrian school where students are able to learn about horses through lessons, workshops, camps, mini clinics and clinics. These tools are presently available at the farm and will be accessible online in the near future.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lewis University and she has earned certificates in a variety of equine specialties from Colorado State University, Cornell University and Tuffs University.

Currently, Carolyn is enrolled at William Woods University where she is working on her Master of Education in Equestrian Education. Additionally, Carolyn is a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, a life time member of the Paso Fino Horse Association, the Professional Paso Fino Trainers Association, the United States Dressage Federation, American Quarter Horse Association, American Competitive Trail Horse Association, Equestrian Professional, American Equestrian Alliance, American Horse Council and Wisconsin Horse Council. She is also a Resistance Free Certified Instructor. Carolyn is a two time inductee into the International Equestrian Masters Symposium Hall Of Fame. And in 2013 Kentucky Paso Fino Horse Association established The Carolyn L Kakuska Award in her honor.