Katie Balding
Katie Balding
Year: So.
Hometown: Williamsburg, Va.
High School: Jamestown
Position: Hunt Seat

Honors and Awards

  • NCEA Team Sportsmanship Award (2018)
  • ODAC All-Academic Team (2018)


As a First-Year (2017-18)

  • Most Outstanding Performer over Fences against Tennessee Martin

  • Won Sweet Briar’s first ever point at a NCEA National Championship

  • Reserve High Point Rider at Mary Washington IHSA

  • Novice Flat and Fences winner at Mary Washington IHSA


High School

  • Competed four seasons of varsity equestrian at Jamestown for head coach Dana Kiser

  • Interscholastic Equestrian Association Sportsmanship Award (Fy.)

  • All-Varsity Upper School Team

  • Fifth in Varsity Open Flat and Varsity Open Championship (Jr.)

  • 2013 IEA JV Novice Over Fences Champion



  • Daughter of Christy and Michael Balding

  • Has two siblings

  • Aunt, Katrina Balding Bills, rode for Sweet Briar and graduated in 1998

  • Majoring in Business with an Equine Studies Certificate


Getting to Know Katie

  • Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump

  • Favorite Musician: Billy Currington

  • Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory

  • Favorite Book: White Space (Ilsa J. Bick)

  • Favorite Sport to Watch: Equestrian

  • Favorite Athlete: Beezie Madden (Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winning American show jumper)

  • Favorite Team: U.S. Equestrian

  • Favorite Food: Chicken and Dumplings

  • Favorite Quote: “Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” - George Morris

  • Enjoys playing violin and reading books

  • Career Ambition: To go professional in equestrian

  • Best Athletic Moment: Winning her over fences point at Sweet Briar’s first NCEA Team Nationals