previous page – instructors


Katie and Nitro
Katie and Nitro

Hi, everyone my name is Katie Tully, also known as “college Katie” to many at the ranch. I was born and raised in Carlsbad, CA. I spent my early years playing competitive soccer and softball until I found where I belong, around horses. Ten years ago I began riding at Rockin L&D Ranch under the guidance of Lori Hall-Mcnary. I was taught the importance of safety around horses and how to properly ride using my natural aids, my balance line, the three P’s, and a “never give up” approach to riding. Most importantly, I’ve learned how to become “one” with a horse. The ability to let everything bothersome disappear when arriving at the ranch and being able to give all positive attention to your horse becoming a team with your horse. Remember, horses are a mirror image of you!

I feel strongly that because of my passion and perseverance for horses I’ve become who I am today.

In 2007, after I was able to work my way up to the Ranch show team proving my knowledge, riding ability, and dedication to the ranch, I earned a spot on the Rockin L&D Ranch A show team. In 2010, after working endless hours with the horse I was riding at the time I won Champion title with multiple winnings including: a saddle, buckles, and many ribbons.

A few years later, I found my calling in horse training and instructing lessons. I attended Feather River College where I achieved a certificate in Ranch Skills using opportunities such as training colts and fillies for the annual college sale auction. When I made my way back to the San Diego area, I acquired my Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) level 4 certificate.

I love sharing my passion and perseverance with other riders and teaching students how to have a fun time with horses emphasizing safety and incorporating riding technique for a rider and the horse.

Katie on Popeye
Katie on Popeye

Some of my favorite quotes are:

“A horse gallops with his lungs, Perserveres with his heart, And wins with his character.” -Tesio

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” -Winston Churchill



Katie Tully

(760) 419-9883

Leave a Comment