Meet the People
Katie Stricklin, founder and owner at/of Unbridled Strides, heads up an exceptional team both human and equine. Katie’s equestrian knowledge and experience extends from her childhood, where she competed in multiple riding disciplines that ultimately led her to participate and lead the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team at Cal Poly Pomona in the areas of reining and Western Horsemanship. In 2008, Katie competed at the national level with Cal Poly ranking 3rd in the show. The following year she was designated as head trainer at El Rodeo Equestrian Center in Brea, California where she managed boarding for up to 90 horses, trained staff on ranch management, coordinated shows and events, provided riding lessons to individuals of all abilities and ages, and provided training for problem horses.
Horses aside, there were several experiences that influenced Katie’s drive to establish Unbridled Strides. During her time studying Adapted Physical Education at Cal Poly, she developed an after-school program for at-risk youth where she utilized problem-solving and team-building strategies to increase confidence and independent life skills. Additionally, Katie participated in certified therapy animal training programs and facilitated visits with various populations in the community. Furthermore, through working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities using Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, she acquired the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) credential through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Recognizing the amazing benefits and ability to learn critical life skills through horse interaction, Katie went on to pursue certification as an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator under the Academy of Equine Assisted Learning based out of Strathmore, Alberta, Canada. Her dream of marrying the concepts of human behavior and horse interaction is what propelled her determination in bringing Unbridled Strides to life.
Katie’s ultimate goal in life is simple – she strives to encourage overall wellness through helping others find happiness, communicate effectively, and overcome/understand personal obstacles through engaging learning opportunities in a multifaceted, positive environment. She provides her own unique, individualized approach to facilitation, riding, teaching and training by integrating skill sets acquired throughout her extensive background in horsemanship, EAL and ABA.