The Equestrian

Kate Davidson Hudson


New York-North Salem, NY

Kate, whose family has been riding for generations, has been around horses her entire life—most of that time at Old Salem Farm. (Two of her best friends growing up were named Hocus Pocus and Gucci). After breaking through college and her early career years, she returned to the ring to share the passion with her young daughter, who mounted her first pony by age 3.

A home on the Bedford Riding Lanes.

This pop-up lifestyle boutique represents one of many lifestyle vendors that come out to Old Salem’s shows.

You’re responsible for another being you can’t communicate with, but have to work with, tend to and show true compassion for.

Kate’s daughter, Ava, with trainer Maggie McAlary at Old Salem Farm. (Jennifer Wood Media)

The caliber of trainers, the fact it’s close to the city, it’s the ultimate place you’d want to ride.

A world-class equestrian community and close proximity to Kate’s Upper East Side home make North Salem the perfect escape. After a day in the barn, they’ll stop in Harvest Moon Orchards and stock up on farm-to-shelf snacks. Hudson’s young son has grown quite the fascination with tractors and enjoys off-roading his toy car on Old Salem’s back trails.

The America’s Gold Cup at North Salem’s Old Salem Farm.

It’s a full-day commitment, not show up and ride. For kids, it’s an early lesson in cultivating real work ethic.

The Millbrook Hunt.

Being around horses isn’t without its work: they need to be fed, groomed, cooled and washed down. Kate believes exposing children to that responsibility at a young age teaches invaluable life lessons and true compassion.