Katie Whaley

Hometown: Paris, Ky. Birthday: 9/3/1963 Sport/Disciplines: Combined Driving

Katie Whaley began her involvement with horses at the age of three, and began driving competitively at the age of 11. She has achieved great success in the sport of combined driving. Whaley has earned numerous top results at prestigious competitions, such as the Devon Horse Show and the Walnut Hill Farm Horse Show. She has also won six USEF Combined Driving National Championship titles, including one single horse title in 1994, five pair pony titles from 2016-2020.

In addition to her national success, Whaley has represented the U.S. at FEI World Driving Championships for Ponies in 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017. She competed with a pair of ponies and a four-in-hand of ponies at the world championships, something only a handful of drivers have accomplished.

In 2018, Whaley won at the Live Oak International, Hermitage Classic CDE, and Katydid CDE. The following year, she won the Palm Tree CDE at Little Everglades, Live Oak International, and Southern Pines CDE.

In 2020, Whaley continued her winning ways, taking home top honors in the Spring Fling CDE, Live Oak International, Tryon CDE. She began 2021 with a win in the Grand Oaks CDE and a second-place finish in the Spring Fling CDE. 

Aside from the time Whaley dedicates to competition, she is a professional hat maker with her own business, Hats by Katie.