Ken Whelihan

Ken Whelihan

Ken Whelihan

Assistant Director of Riding and Senior Trainer



Ken took his first formal horseback riding lesson in 1967. Much of his youth was spent trotting along behind his mom, dad, sister, and brother. During college, he worked at an international jumper sales barn run by two-time puissance record holder Barney Ward. Over the years, Ken has worked with numerous Olympians and his students have been successful at national and regional finals. He qualified for and competed in the U.S. selection trials for the Barcelona Games in 1992 and has been an “R” judge for over three decades. A popular clinician and winning competitor, Ken will help serve as an ambassador for Walker’s in the equestrian community.

Ken lives with his wife, Dr. Vicki June, DVM, and his two dogs in Otis, MA. When not riding horses, or teaching, giving clinics, judging horse shows, or competing, you would probably find him napping at home with a dog or two on his lap.

What was it about Walker’s that made you want to work here?

The barn and staff at Walker’s have a great and well-earned reputation. It seems like a logical fit to feed my passion for teaching.

What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker’s?

The students. Always the students.

What is your favorite place on campus?

The indoor riding hall.

What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why?

Speech and composition. I like to communicate.

Why did you want to go into teaching?

To share the fun and life lessons via sports.

What is your favorite part of the subject you teach now?



Invited to officiate at numerous finals as a USEF judge.