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In the News - May 1, 2019

Collecting thoughts: Caitlyn shiels

Growing up in Sheffield, MA,, Caitlyn Shiels fell in love with riding at the age of eight and quickly dedicated herself to equestrian sport. As a junior rider, Caitlyn began commuting to New York to train with Andre Dignelli as a working student at Heritage Farm. Under his tutelage, she finished in the top 10 of each of the major American equitation finals and claimed both the team and individual gold medals at the 2004 North American Young Rider Championships.

 
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Press Release - August 9, 2018

True North is 'Great' in Traverse City

In January 2018, Caitlyn Shiels launched her own True North Stables with the goal of growing a barn of riders dedicated to learning proper horsemanship and to pursuing success in the show ring at any level.

Now, only eight months later, Shiels is seeing that goal come to fruition – as was evident at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF).

 
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Press Release - June 22, 2018

True North Stables Takes Top Ribbons at Country Heir Horse Shows 

In 2013, Caitlyn Shiels purchased a six-year-old grand prix prospect named Cavalier II, and now, after five years of Shiels’ tireless training and tutelage, Cavalier II is no longer a grand prix prospect but has developed into a grand prix-winning mount.

Fresh off a win in the $25,000 Maffitt Lake Grand Prix in Cumming, IA, in May, Shiels and the 11-year-old warmblood gelding traveled to the Country Heir Horse Shows, held June 6-10 and June 13-17 in Lexington, KY. There they topped the $1,400 1.40m Jumpers on Thursday, June 14, and they returned to the Rolex Stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park the following day to take fourth in the $25,000 Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital Grand Prix with a double clear effort.

 
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Press Release - May 24, 2018

Caitlyn Shiels Earns Grand Prix and Hunter Derby Wins at Maffitt Lake for True North Team

True North Stables’ Caitlyn Shiels rode Cavalier II to the win in the $25,000 Maffitt Lake Grand Prix on Saturday, May 12, a mere 24 hours after winning the $2,500 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) National Hunter Derby riding Cassius.

Shiels’ back-to-back victories in both the jumper and hunter rings marked just two of the many highlights from True North Stables’ successful two weeks at the Maffitt Lake Spring Gathering I & II, held May 9-13 and May 16-20 in Cumming, Iowa.

 
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Press Release - March 22, 2018

Join the Team! True North Heads to New Illinois Location and Looks to Accept Limited Number of New Clients

Accomplished professional rider and trainer Caitlyn Shiels launched her own True North Stables in January 2018, and now, following a successful winter circuit in Wellington and Ocala, FL, True North Stables will head north to a new location at Buena Vista Farm in Zion, IL, and will begin accepting new clients.

“I am looking forward to returning to Illinois and getting settled, and I am really excited to be accepting clients of all levels and with a wide range of goals within the hunters, jumpers and equitation,” said Shiels. “Having competed both as a junior and a professional in each, I can’t wait to begin helping people set and reach their riding and competitive goals”

 
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Press Release - February 5, 2018

True North Stables Celebrates Successful First Month With Wins at Winter Equestrian Festival

In its inaugural month of operation, True North Stables brought home top honors from the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida, including victories for both lead rider and trainer Caitlyn Shiels and amateur competitor Michelle Durpetti. Shiels rode her own Cavalier II to the win in the $2,500 1.35m Jumpers during WEF 1, while Durpetti and Cassius claimed a win and the reserve championship in the Osphos® Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunters 3’3” during WEF 2.

“The entire Winter Equestrian Festival season is so competitive, so to be able to start out by launching this new venture there and to have it go so well is fantastic,” said Shiels, whose business is now based out of both Florida and Illinois.

 

In the News - The Plaid Horse - January 12, 2018

Caitlyn Shiels Launches Own True North Stables

Following decades of industry experience, professional rider and trainer Caitlyn Shiels has launched her own True North Stables, dedicated to providing top-of-the-line hunter/jumper riding and training services with the goal-oriented equestrian in mind with locations in Illinois and Florida.

“It’s an exciting, natural next chapter,” said Shiels, who spent the last four years working as an assistant trainer for Greg Franklin of Canterbury Farm in Hampshire, IL. “I’ve always wanted and worked toward being on my own, operating my own business, and growing as an individual. The timing now is fantastic. We – myself, the horses, and clients – had a really solid year in 2017, which was a great stepping stone for me in my career, and I feel very ready for this next venture.”

 
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In the News - WPTV - January 10, 2018

Winter Equestrian Festival begins

It's the start of the busy season for equestrian riders in Wellington. Wednesday marked the start of the Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

The festival is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. It is the largest and longest running horse show circuit in the world. On any given day 1,500 to 2,000 horses compete on the grounds.

Caitlyn Shiels, a professional rider from Chicago says she looks forward to the event.