Experienced horsewoman joins horse health company to serve New England.
Kaitlyn Levy joins the fast-growing equine health company, Haygain, as New England Regional Sales Representative. “Katie” brings a wealth of equestrian expertise and customer service experience to the company that makes high temperature hay steaming equipment and ComfortStall Sealed Orthopedic Flooring.
Based in Southbury, Connecticut, Katie joins Haygain from County Saddlery, where she was a sales representative and a Master Saddlers Association-certified saddle fitter. Her prior experience includes being an equine specialist, barn manager and trainer at the Newport Academy and working at the highly-regarded Fairfield Equine Associates veterinary practice.
Katie earned a BSc in Equine Studies from Post University, specializing in equine veterinary assistance and coaching.
She is a lifelong horse person who plans to start competing her 8-year-old Saddlebred mare, Lilo, in eventing competition. Lilo began her life at Beach Brook Rescue in Connecticut, which had taken in her dam not knowing she was pregnant. “Her mom ended up with a friend of mine,” Katie recounts. “For the first few years of Lilo’s life, no one knew who could take her on, but when she turned about 3, it just happened that I was casually looking for my next horse and that was that!”
Like most experienced horse people, Katie recognized the benefits of Haygain’s horse health equipment immediately. Her first experience with Haygain Hay Steaming came while working with top Grand Prix jumping rider, Margie Engle, who relies on steamed hay to keep her horses breathing easy, free of allergies and performing well at the highest levels of the sport.
“I began looking at all the research on Haygain’s benefits for removing dust, mold, fungi and bacteria from hay, and how it improves digestion by adding water to the horse’s diet,” Katie explains. The only thing that didn’t make sense to her was “Why haven’t I heard of this before?” That answer stems from the fact that Haygain, developed in the United Kingdom 11 years ago, is still relatively new in the United States. Katie will now be a key team member helping educate fellow horsemen on hay steaming’s many advantages, along with those of ComfortStall Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System.
“I’m really excited to help Haygain grow,” she says.
Robb Thomas, Haygain Vice President of North American Sales, echoes that sentiment. “We are excited to have Katie on board in New England. She brings a great energy to our team in one of our most valuable regions. Katie is an equestrian and has the background to grow product awareness for Haygain Hay Steaming and ComfortStall flooring.”
Research on reducing equine respiratory risks at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, England, was the catalyst for Haygain’s formation in 2009. That led to the development of high-temperature hay steaming, which drastically reduces the dust, mold, bacteria and fungi found in even top-quality hays around the world. Those breathable irritants are largely responsible for the respiratory problems that affect over 80% of active sporthorses, often without obvious symptoms.
Haygain purchased ComfortStall Orthopedic Sealed Flooring in 2017 as an ideal complement to its three Hay Steaming models. This three-layered system includes a durable top cover sealed to the stall walls and a middle layer of proprietary orthopedic foam. Benefits include significantly reduced bedding and labor costs, increased comfort and joint support and better rest and sleep.
For more information on Haygain, visit www.haygain.com.
PR: Kim F Miller
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