Kim Herslow – Building the Trust – Approachable, Compassionate, Athletic

Kim Herslow is a rider who keeps the quality in the gaits as the horse climbs the levels in training. Herslow spends an extraordinary amount of time going back to the dressage basics in order to gain a horse’s confidence and trust. A rider who understand the needs of the horse, she listens to the movement of the horse to communicate clearly. Herslow grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, an hour from where she now resides in Stockton, NJ. As a teenager, Kim worked for her father’s company working on cars, drag racing cars, and in turn, he helped her create a clear plan for building her business for a training stable. Herslow started at the age of 18 years training and breaking horses up into the discipline they chose, be it, hunters, jumpers, or dressage. For twenty-three years Herslow has worked hard, stating, “There were times when only a bottle of water would be in the refrigerator.” With an incredible work ethic, at 42 years of age, Herslow has proven her vision for a few short months on being an FEI rider in South Florida’s 2013 season.

Sweeping many of the FEI dressage competitions in the small tour CDIs with her horse, Rosmarin, an 8 yr old Hanoverian gelding by (Rosentanz x Weltmeyer) Kim said, “I found “Reno” as a 3 year old in Germany and fell in love. He has an amazing personality and we truly connected in our trust and communication.” She purchased Rosmarin together with Robert and Lisa Fritschy and has since bought out their half ownership, to be sole owner of Rosmarin. Herslow and Rosmarin established themselves over the course of this season as ones to watch in the small tour division.

They posted three over-70 scores at the prestigious Palm Beach Derby to rack up two wins and a second place against a tough field of accomplished riders. Only their third Prix St. Georges to date, they scored 70.789% for the win and earned 71.650% in the FEI Intermediaire-1 class and  placed second in Sunday's Intermediaire I Freestyle, their debut freestyle in competition with a score of 70.868%. At the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in the FEI Prix St. Georges they won, scoring 73.728% and held the victory during the long FEI Intermediaire-1 class scoring 71.026%. Herslow said, “I am so thankful for this wonderful opportunity and I must thank my sponsor Composecure, Michele Logan, John Herslow and also my assistant back home, Catherine Mahon, who is keeping my clients and horses going back home.” Herslow is training with Lars Petersen at Legacy Farm in Loxahatchee, FL for the three month winter season, January through mid-April in 2013.

Upper Creek Farm – Stockton, New Jersey

Herslow runs a 52 acre facility, 24 stall main barn, pastures with run in sheds, and an extra 9 stall barn, enough room for as many as 37 horses. She focuses her training on quality for both horse and rider through effective communication through the movement with basic classical principles of building trust.  She said, “It became apparent classical dressage was good for all horses.”

Stockton, New Jersey is best known for its small size and charm, its stone walls and its history as a place George Washington traveled through in the late 1700s. Alongside the Delaware River, the town still has a covered bridge that lies just down the road from Kim Herslow’s Upper Creek Farm.

“Dressage when done right is based on two fundamental principles: trust and love. When a combination has both, it is magic.”  Kim Herslow

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Upper Creek Farm information: 

52 total acres, 5 barns and 1 run-in shed, 35 stalls, 6 horse Covered European Walker with rubber footing, 80' x 200', mirrored indoor ring w/ 2nd story viewing area, travel Light wax coated sand/fiber/rubber footing and indoor speaker system, 2 Outdoor rings, one for dressage and one for jumping, Fiber/ Rubber footing, both with screened gazebos, 12 Acre Outdoor Jumping Course with Bank Jump and Standard Dressage Arena, access to extensive trail system (CBTA), heated tack room w/sink, fridge,microwave and coffee bar, laundry services included in full board, heated bathroom with shower, rubber matted wash stalls w/ hot & cold water,  organic, non-toxic fly repellent system in main barns, full Time Staff - Grooming/Tacking available upon request, Owner and Staff Manager on site 24/7.

Contact Information: 
Kim Herslow
Farm: 908-996-3625
Cell: 732-259-0412
Photos: Betsy LaBelle