Henderson Equestrian operates out of Timber Run Equestrian Center, Livingston County’s premier boarding facility! Timber Run is located on 20 acres of beautiful pastures with access to miles of trails, including Timber Trace Golf Course and Lakelands Trail State Park.

    •     70 x 140 indoor arena
    •     150 x 300 fenced outdoor arena
    •     Heated lounge
    •     Heated observation room
    •     25 newly renovated 10×12 stalls with mats
    •     6 grooming stalls with radiant heating
    •     14 Vinyl fenced paddocks with automatic waterers
    •     Large individual lockers
    •     Indoor wash room with hot and cold water
    •     2 heated full bathrooms
    •     60 foot round pen
    •     8 new 12 x 15 stalls with dutch doors

For more information, please visit Timber Run Equestrian Center.

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The Start

Cathy started riding in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 9 pursuing her love of horses that has lasted a lifetime. She eventually began riding on the Hunter/Jumper “A” circuit, qualifying for the Maclay Medal finals in 1978 at the age of sixteen. She continued winning awards and recognition as a teenager as the top Hunter/Jumper equitation and year end champion in 1979/80.

The Love of Eventing begins

Her love of eventing started as a bit of an accident when jumping cross country as a lark. She was hooked! She began her eventing career in 1982 and has never looked back. Cathy has competed at the CIC** and CCI** as well as Advanced Horse Trials with multiple OTTB and with her most successful horse Medley, a KWPN/TB cross mare. Cathy has continued to excel in eventing, winning multiple yearly professional awards regionally and nationally.

Training and the Pursuit of Excellence

Over the years Cathy has worked to improve her skill set by riding in clinics with top eventers and dressage riders, Captain Mark Phillips, Bruce Davidson, Sinead Halpin, Bruce Mandeville , Doug Payne, Mary D’Arcy and Sara Michaels (“S” Level Dressage Judge) to name a few. In addition she has been certified as a Level II USEA Instructor. Her desire is to be the best whether as a competitor or instructing her clients.

Cathy’s Philosophy

Cathy looks to the training scale as the basis of training the horse, whether on the flat or over fences. She believes in hard work and not taking short-cuts whether training or re-schooling the horses she rides. Students rely on her to get their horses through problems in competing and training by her steady hand and expertise in the competition ring.

Cathy’s love of horses has taken her to re-training off-the-track thoroughbreds. Her current competition horse, HES Hopeful aka “Hope” is a 7 year old, 16.3 bay mare OTTB owned by Cathy. She has completed through Novice level and is schooling Training Level.

Fox hunts and 4-H are other ways she engages her students, both youth and adults. A well rounded rider is the basis for success both in and out of the competition ring. Cathy takes time and care to work with each student starting where they are and helping them reach success through proven methods. She continues to follow this philosophy for herself by her certification as a USEA Level II instructor.


Horse Show/Competition Coaching & Support
One Day Competition

Coaching support at competition: $65/entire day
Use of school horse @ competition: $45/day

Two or Three Day Competition

Coaching support at competition: $35/phase
Use of school horse @ competition: $45/phase

XC Coursewalk ONLY: $35/walk
Braiding: $30/braid
Trailering billed separately

Print the Rate Sheet.

Training Ride
Trainer riding owner’s horse

Individual ride: $60/hour
Three or more rides per week: $50/hour

Leasing HES Horse

Individual lease ride: $45/hour
1/3 Lease (2 rides per week): $240/month
1/2 Lease (3 rides per week): $360/month
2/3 Lease (4 rides per week): $480/month
3/4 Lease (5 rides per week): $600/month
Full Lease (6 rides per week): $720/month
See HES Horse Lease Information Sheet for details.


Billed separately from lesson/showing fees
Vehicle and driver provided
Trailering within 300 mile radius: $1.00/loaded mile
Trailering over 300 mile radius: $0.75/loaded mile
Minimum charge of $40 per round trip regardless of mileage.

Horse Purchasing/Evaluation Assistance

On-site evaluation of horse: $85/hour
Off-site evaluation of horse*: $100/hour
*Fee is variable depending on mileage & time
Commission alternative available. Discuss with Cathy.

Horse for Sale

Assistance with sale of owner’s horse.
Please discuss terms and conditions with Cathy.

Click here to view horses for sale.


Horse Show/Competition Coaching & Support
One Day Competition

Coaching support at competition: $65/entire day
Use of school horse @ competition: $45/day

Two or Three Day Competition

Coaching support at competition: $35/phase
Use of school horse @ competition: $45/phase

XC Coursewalk ONLY: $35/walk
Braiding: $30/braid
Trailering billed separately

Showing Client’s Horse at Competition

Per each horse trial phase: $50/phase
Client not present to assist at competition: $50/day
Braiding: $30/braid
Trailering billed separately.

Cathy Henderson showing


Sponsorship Opportunities

Competing and traveling as well as maintaining her current competition mounts is expensive. Cathy is competing regularly with a variety of horses and you can help support her effort by helping with the costs associated with lessons and clinics, show entry fees, stabling at shows and educational opportunities-ICP forums and clinics. Also helping with everyday expenses for her horse Matched Lite such as shoeing, board, veterinary expenses, and educational opportunities -ICP forums and clinics, such as:

– $30 towards shoeing

– $50 for show stabling

– $90 clinic fee

– $300 show entry fee

Any amount will be appreciated and will be used to support Team Henderson in her effort to compete and support her educational efforts with clinics and certifications. We will be happy to acknowledge and welcome you to our list of sponsors.

Ownership Opportunities

Cathy is looking to purchase another competition mount off the track and is looking for full or part owners who want to support her dreams continuing to compete in eventing. If you are interested in full or part ownership of a new HES competition horse, please contact Cathy to discuss this opportunity.


Current Sponsors

SPORTHORSE SADDLERY – Sporthorse Saddlery caters to the unique needs of the serious equestrian, and those who really enjoy the latest in functional equestrian wear. The staff are all long-time horse owners, riders, competitors or knowledgeable supporters of equestrian sports with experience in dressage, eventing, hunters or jumpers. They offer customers a commitment to exceptional customer service, and a shared passion for the sport!

ICIKULS – The Icikuls is a ready to wear collection which features the fabric Icefil the pioneers in the fabric cooling technology. Icefil offers a cooling effect 3 to 5 degrees to the touch, 50 UV rating, quick dry and anti-microbial features. They are the first company to offer prints on the Icefil fabric along with printing the underarm mesh treatment. The prints are registered therefore exclusive to the marketplace making their product unique and different. It is perfect for equestrian pursuits on hot humid days. When you put an Icikuls top you will experience what everyone is talking about, the incredible hand and feel of our garment on your body. Look, feel and perfrom at your highest level with Icikuls.

ELIZABETH BUSBY – Betty, Cathy’s aunt, has been a long time sponsor. She has sponsored Slippin East, aka Coast, and HES Secret Agent aka Bond. Both horses competed by Cathy and her daughter Lindsay.  Cathy thanks her for her support over the years.

For Sale

For Sale: Recently reduced price…Matched Lite, “Coal”, is a 11 year old, 16.3 OTTB gelding

For Sale: HES Hopeful AKA “Hope”: Hope is a 7 year old, 16.3 bay mare OTTB owned by Cathy.

For Sale: Paige’s Image aka “Whiskey”: Whiskey is a 2009 16.1 dark bay OTTB gelding owned by J.R. Jarvis.

Check back on our website for other horses coming up for sale. If you have an interest in selling, please contact Cathy.


Contact Cathy:

Cathy Henderson
Email: HESequestrian@aol.com
Cell: 734.649.0429



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Timber Run Equestrian Center
4058 M-36
Pinckney, MI 48169