About Short Acres Farm

Kathryn grew up on a farm located on Whidbey Island in Washington State. A graduate of Calpoly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Marketing Management, she later returned to her passion for horses and dogs and obtained several awards for her expertise. Having grown up around horses, it wasn’t suprising when she and husband, Dan, started their first riding stables in Renton, Wa in 1991; eventually moving in 1999 to the 14 acres now located in Brush Prairie.

2020 marks the 21st season for Kathryn Tilkin, her family, and Short Acres in Hockinson. In this fast-paced, plugged-in world she believes focusing on life lessons for her students is as important as learning to ride a horse. Kathryn’s instructing is designed to build confidence, teach time management, improve communication skills and goal setting to achieve success. She also believes it is important for kids to enjoy a full farm experience, which means students will learn about animal behavior, nutrition and medical care, as well as the hard work that comes with farm chores.

Owning and operating Short Acres is a true passion for Kathryn, and she is grateful to have such a magical place to teach her students.


Hallie’s love for horses began at a Short Acres birthday party at the age of 4. It didn’t take long after that for her family to move to a property and get horses of their own. Hallie rode at short acres with Kathryn for 4 years and at age 8 began her jumping career. She competed as a hunter jumper at both local and rated shows until high school when she bought a barrel horse named Chili. Through high school Hallie competed in WAHSET, local barrel races, and junior rodeo. She attended college at the University of Washington in Seattle and competed on the university’s IHSA English and Western performance teams. After graduating in June she returned home, and in the fall began teaching at the farm her passion for horses began, Short Acres. Hallie is currently applying to graduate school and hopes to continue her passion for horses wherever she goes.

Marissa and Gwen have grown up at Short Acres. You can often see them assisting with lessons, parties and camps. Their knowledge and experience is incredible and we are so grateful to have them as part of our team.