Karin Reid Offield has been involved with horses her entire life. Born and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Karin began riding at an early age. Her first love was jumpers and equitation; she traveled around the country competing at the highest level of shows in these disciplines.
During her junior years, she relocated to schools in Arizona and California, not only to enable her to ride throughout the winter months, but to provide her access to top coaching. Among her early mounts was Iron Warrior, who earned many tri-colors at prestigious shows including Cow Palace, Bakersfield and the Santa Barbara National. Legendary horseman Ronnie Mutch was among Karin’s coaches. With his help, Karin finished in the Top Ten at the AHSA Medal Finals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
After stints teaching riding in New York and North Carolina, Karin returned to Aspen to run a ranch where she not only rode horses, but also helped organize the youth program. Eventually her love of international competition won out and she returned to the show circuit in Wellington, Florida and began a long association with Carl Knee. During these years Karin competed from Canada to Florida and even galloped racehorses.
With her exposure to the best sport in the country, Karin began to think in terms of sports promotion and founded Equestrian Reels, a production company dedicated to equestrian sports. Among their projects was a behind the scenes look at show jumping in the United States. Throughout her riding career, Karin has always looked for ways to help promote horses to non-riders as well as young children.
Karin took this interest in promoting equestrian activities further when she co-founded El Rojo Grande Ranch in Sedona, Arizona. This was the culmination of a project that began in college when she designed an equestrian center as a course requirement.
El Rojo Grande Ranch was an international-quality equestrian facility that was designed for the community. With a dude string, authentic stagecoaches that were built on the ranch and facilities for special events, El Rojo Grande Ranch became a model for how a synergistic partnership can be created within and by the local community.
After selling El Rojo Grande Ranch and moving to Michigan, Karin formed Brek N Ridge Dressage, ultimately re-branded Offield Farms.
Sponsorship of the 2005 FEI World Cup Dressage Final, Presented By Offield Farms was simply the next chapter in the story of one woman’s effort to make a difference in the advancement and promotion of the horse sports generally, and now dressage, specifically. Karin’s sponsorship of Robert Dover’s “Search” is another example of this commitment.
2005 marked Karin’s CDI Grand Prix debut. The CDI division at dressage shows is among the highest international rating by the international governing body of equestrian sport, the FEI. Very few riders in the world compete at the CDI level.
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