Unbridled With Kat Fuqua
December 15, 2019 | Sidelines Magazine

Kat Fuqua was destined to be a rider. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, with grand prix dressage parents and a barn filled with talented horses, Kat started her riding career when she was only 1 year old. "My mom and dad got me miniature ponies and after that I just kept on riding," she said. Now 12 years old, Kat has reached a level of accomplishment in her riding that keeps her in the winner's circle, all while traversing the world of middle school. At the 2019 Pony Finals, Kat and Prestige, her 8-year-old Belgian Riding Pony, captured the Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Finals. Not only is she a pony wonder-kid, Kat has also moved into the equitation and junior hunter rings with trainer Jimmy Torano. Sidelines had a chance to catch up with Kat at her Collecting Gaits Farm outside of Atlanta to find out more about her ponies, her horses and her life.

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Versatile Kat Fuqua Earns Her Stripes Once Again with Championship Catch Rides & Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal
November 25, 2019 | Equinium

Wellington, FL (November 25, 2019) - A Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal victory and Grand Champion catch rides were the the crowning achievements in the show year 11-year-old Kat Fuqua's Indoor and Championship season. Under the tutelage of trainer and coach Jimmy Torano of JET Show Stable, Fuqua proved her talent in the saddle by winning the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal at her hometown horse show, the Atlanta Fall Classic, putting in Grand and Champion pony catch rides, and capping off her fourth year of success on the prestigious Indoor circuit.

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Pony Finals 2019: Who we have our money on
November 20, 2019 | Posh Pony Blog

Smalls, mediums, and larges galore. Pony Finals is a great way for the top young riders from around the country to battle one another in the duel for the prize title of 'National Grand Pony Hunter Champion'. We have our eyes set on those who we think could be top contenders for next years title.

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12-year-old young champion
September 20, 2019 | CBS 46

Click the image to watch young equestrian champion Kat Fuqua as she is interviewed by her local Atlanta CBS affiliate about her horses.

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5 Fast Facts About Kat Fuqua
September 2, 2019 | The Chronicle of the Horse

Kat Fuqua earned the first championship of this year's USEF Pony Finals aboard Prestige in the large pony hunter division. The 8-year-old Belgian Riding Pony gelding (Ive Van De Delthoeve-Bichette Du Moulin De Pierres) also qualified in the large green division, but Fuqua and trainer Jimmy Torano wanted to test him against the older and wiser competitors, and he passed with tricolor colors. Then on the final day of competition, Fuqua and "Prince" topped the Marshall & Sterling USEF Pony Medal Finals over 197 competitors.

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USEF Pony Finals to USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships: Fuqua Doubles Down on National Titles
August 20, 2019 | Equinium

Lexington, Kentucky (August 20, 2019) - Whether she's guiding her pony to a USEF Pony Finals National Title or showing a new Junior Hunter mount for the first time, Kat Fuqua has been doubling down on Championships this summer. With her 2018 USEF Pony Finals title to defend and jumping to new heights in the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby, Fuqua and her mounts are making rhythmical strides in some of the most prestigious hunter events on the summer circuits.

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7 Reasons You Should Never EVER Change Your Stirrup Irons?
August 20, 2019 | Horse Network

You better believe I've got shoulder relief girths, ergonomic bridles, and a bevy of riding clothing to keep me warm, cool, dry and/or some combination thereof. But the one thing I've never given thought to switching out is my stirrup irons.

Because, frankly, that's cheating.

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Fuqua Wins Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Finals to Close Out 2019 USEF Pony Finals Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm
August 11, 2019 | US Equestrian

Lexington, Ky. - The 2019 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm came to its conclusion on Sunday with the Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Finals taking center stage at the Alltech Arena. A total of 197 young athletes competed for the coveted title over a solid track designed by Jasen Shelley. A total of 20 riders with four from the small section, 10 from the medium section, and six from the large section returned for the second round over another challenging course. Judges Thomas Brennan and Ken Smith required no further testing, and Kat Fuqua was declared the 2019 champion.

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Kat Fuqua and Caroline Passarelli Reign Supreme as First Two Champions at 2019 USEF Pony Finals
August 7, 2019 | Phelps Sports

Lexington, Ky. - Aug. 7, 2019 - Day two of the 2019 USEF Pony Finals, presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, continued in the Walnut Ring at the Kentucky Horse Park with the leaders of the Large Regular and Small Green Pony Hunter divisions looking to hold on to their top placings. After both divisions tried their hand in the over fences portion of competition, it was Kat Fuqua aboard Prestige who claimed championship honors in the Large Regular Pony Hunters and Caroline Passarelli riding So Charming who led the pack to claim victory in the Small Green Pony Hunters.

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Day Two of 2019 USEF Pony Finals Presented By Collecting Gaits Farm Crowns Champions in Large Regular Hunter Pony and Small Green Hunter Pony National Championships; Small Regular Hunter Pony National Championship Gets Underway
August 7, 2019 | USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky. - As the Small Regular Hunter Pony National Championship presented by PonyTail Bows started up, two new champions were crowned on the second day of competition at the 2019 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm. Kat Fuqua and Prestige won the Large Regular Hunter Pony National Championship presented by Charles Ancona and Caroline Passarelli aboard So Charming won the Small Green Hunter Pony National Championship.

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Takacs and Brighton Lead Large Regular Hunter Pony National Championship Presented by Charles Ancona; Brown and Sunshine Kid Sitting First in Small Green Hunter Pony National Championship on Day One of USEF Pony Finals Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm
August 6, 2019 | USEF Pony Finals

Lexington, Ky. - The 2019 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm (Pony Finals) is officially underway as competitors for the Large Regular Hunter Pony National Championship presented by Charles Ancona and the Small Green Hunter Pony National Championship completed the Model and Under Saddle phases at the Kentucky Horse Park on Tuesday, August 6.

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Kat Fuqua and Cupido Z Earn Grand Junior Hunter Title at the Kentucky Summer Classic
August 3, 2019 | Kentucky Horse Shows

Junior Hunters closed out the Stonelea Ring Friday at the Kentucky Summer Classic with the presentation of the Grand Junior Hunter Championship presented by Visse Wedell. The top honor was presented to the horse and rider combination that accumulated the most points over two days of competition in either the 3'3" or 3'6" sections of the Junior Hunter division. This week, it was Kat Fuqua and Cupido Z that reigned supreme.

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Fuqua Fantastic at USEF Junior Hunter National Championships, I <3 New York, & Lake Placid Horse Shows
August 2, 2019 | Equinium

Devon, PA (August 2, 2019) - The Brandywine Horse Show's Dixon Oval and the beauty of upstate New York set the stage for some of this summer's top hunter jumper events, and a number of fantastic rides put in by Kat Fuqua and her team of equines. Celebrating her twelfth birthday on July 25th, Fuqua's elegance and effectiveness in the saddle rounded out her final days as an 11-year-old with the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships at Devon, the I <3 New York Horse Show, and the Lake Placid Horse Show Series in upstate New York to capture a number of top national titles and, under the tutelage of Jimmy Torano of JET Show Stables. Fuqua continues to compete as show age 11 and stands out in the Large Pony Hunters, Equitation, and Junior Hunter Under 15 divisions.

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Life Lessons in the Saddle
July 10, 2019 | US Equestrian

It's Field Day at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, and the fifth-grade class team color is green. A shade of emerald green lipstick and face paint adorns the face of 11-year-old Kat Fuqua, perfectly matching her kelly-green shirt. It's not the typical interview, in an Atlanta-area Dunkin Donuts over breakfast as she runs off to school to participate in relay races and bobbing for marshmallows, but Kat is no typical 11-year-old.

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EQUUS Film Festival at BreyerFest Celebration Announcing Kat Fuqua Star of New Movie Billy & Blaze to Attend and Meet Her Fans After Premier of the New Trailer
July 4, 2019 | American Horse Publications

Lexington, Ky. - The 2019 USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm came to its conclusion on Sunday with the Marshall & Sterling/USEF Pony Medal Finals taking center stage at the Alltech Arena. A total of 197 young athletes competed for the coveted title over a solid track designed by Jasen Shelley. A total of 20 riders with four from the small section, 10 from the medium section, and six from the large section returned for the second round over another challenging course. Judges Thomas Brennan and Ken Smith required no further testing, and Kat Fuqua was declared the 2019 champion.

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Double Devon Blues & Firsts at Upperville for Kat Fuqua
June 19, 2019 | Equinium

Devon, PA & Upperville, VA (June 19, 2019) - Drama and excitement in the International Hunter Derby, KISS Pony Hunt Team costumes, blues at Devon, Junior Hunter Reserve Champion, Large Pony Champion and Reserve, and second round callbacks in the MacClay: it was a whirlwind May and June for Kat Fuqua. Under the tutelage of Grand Prix show jumper and fellow Hunter Derby competitor Jimmy Torano of JET Show Stables, 11-year-old Fuqua reveled in the competition, camaraderie, and excitement of the US's two longest running and prestigious equestrian events. The 176th Devon Horse Show and 187th Upperville Colt and Horse Show provided challenges for the young rider's adaptability and precision, as well as her ability to perform under pressure.

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Fratelli Fabbri Brings Sponsorship and Competition to Devon and Beyond
June 6, 2019 | Equinium

Devon, PA (June 6, 2019) - With the summer show season officially underway, Fratelli Fabbri has stepped up to support equestrian sport while their influential team of #FabbriFamily riders make their presence known with top accolades. From the prestigious Dixon Oval to the Aiken Charity Horse Show and everywhere in between, Fabbri's sponsorship and the competitiveness of its riders are making a statement in show rings around the country.

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Spring Rosettes: Junior Hunters, Equitation, Ponies, & Jumper Success for Fuqua at Tryon Spring I - III
May 21, 2019 | Equinium

Mill Spring, NC (May 21, 2019) - When asked for her favorite moment of the spring circuit, Kat Fuqua of Atlanta, GA said: "Watching my trainer Jimmy [Torano] win the Grand Prix and jumped the last jump and threw his hands up in the air! I was just really really happy and proud because my trainer won the Grand Prix!" The Tryon Spring series featured a variety of tri-color ribbons, milestone rides, and memorable moments for Fuqua, who under the guidance of Torano and his team at Jet Show Stable jumped to championships and top placings in the Junior Hunters, Large and Small Ponies, Equitation, and Jumpers. Rounding out final preparations for the prestigious Devon Horse Show this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Fuqua found one of her new favorite show facilities in Tryon International Equestrian Center, and in addition to her multiple ribbons was thrilled to watch Torano win the Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix during Tryon Spring III.

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5 Young Riders Who Should Be on Your Radar, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products
April 24, 2019 | Jumper Nation

The young riders of today have the ability to be the equestrian idols of tomorrow. We partnered up with Kentucky Performance Products to scour the internet for budding hunter jumpers who have taken the world by storm. Check out these five young riders who have amassed quite the following on Instagram and seem to have bright futures ahead of them.

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WEF By The Numbers: Kat Fuqua Closes Out Winter Season with Championships & USEF Lettering
April 19, 2019 | Equinium

Wellington FL (April 19, 2019) - Six equines, twelve weeks of competition, and countless memories: for the sixth year in a row, Kat Fuqua spent her winter weekends in sunny south Florida, competing at the US's prestigious international hunter/jumper show circuit, the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival. Of the ten weeks in which she competed, Fuqua was invited to the Parade of Champions ten times, earning 43 blue ribbons, ten Championships, four Reserve Championships, and five Classic Championships. Joined by her grooms, mother, and trainer, she ventured into the International Arena during WEF 12 to receive two Circuit Championships: Large Pony Hunter with Brighton and Large Green Pony Hunter with Prestige (aka Prince). Prestige proved particularly unstoppable this season, taking Champion each week he showed.

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A Dozen Years and a Dozen Olympians: GumBits Celebrates Retailer and Rider Roots
March 26, 2019 | Equinium

Wellington, FL (March 26, 2019) - For more than a decade, GumBits have been the preferred treat and training tool for riders around the world, from pony riders to Olympians. GumBits' retailer roots in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia has expanded to four continents, with riders continuing to gain the advantage of positive effects on the equine mouth and jaw, including encouraging salivation, eliminating teeth grinding, encouraging submission, and promoting chewing activity.

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California Split Doubles Fuqua's WEF 9 Large Pony Hunter Championships, Spring Break Week Marks New Milestones
March 12, 2019 | Equinium

Wellington, FL (March 5, 2019) - 2018 US Pony Finals Grand Champion, top Junior Hunter, and multiple USEF Horse of the Year title winner Kat Fuqua took her talents to the show jumping arena of Olympic Gold Medalist Rodrigo Pessoa on Monday, where she soaked in knowledge from the prestigious rider and trainer. Thanks to Pessoa's generous donation of a private lesson the 11th Annual Kids Lip Sync, which benefits Danny & Ron's Rescue, Fuqua and her two Junior Hunter mounts, Cupido Z and RS Levitation (aka Jett) spent the morning perfecting their technique, collection, and form over fences.

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Pony Power Goes Pessoa: Kat Fuqua Rides with Olympic Gold Medalist Thanks to Danny & Ron's Rescue
March 5, 2019 | Equinium

Wellington, FL (March 5, 2019) - 2018 US Pony Finals Grand Champion, top Junior Hunter, and multiple USEF Horse of the Year title winner Kat Fuqua took her talents to the show jumping arena of Olympic Gold Medalist Rodrigo Pessoa on Monday, where she soaked in knowledge from the prestigious rider and trainer. Thanks to Pessoa's generous donation of a private lesson the 11th Annual Kids Lip Sync, which benefits Danny & Ron's Rescue, Fuqua and her two Junior Hunter mounts, Cupido Z and RS Levitation (aka Jett) spent the morning perfecting their technique, collection, and form over fences.

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2018 USEF Horse of the Year: Kat Fuqua's Triple Crown Equines Lock in the Loot
January 18, 2019 | Equinium

Wellington, FL (January 18, 2019) - The elegance and grandeur of the 2018 USEF Horse of the Year banquet, held at the West Palm Beach Hilton, was the icing on the cake for Junior and Pony Hunter rider Kat Fuqua. The 11-year-old, Atlanta-based equestrian took home accolades ranging from Leading Pony Hunter owner to Champion Junior Hunter. Joined by trainer Michael Newman and parents Jeff & Shereen Fuqua, she and a ballroom full of some of the most decorated US equestrians celebrated their 2018 achievements.

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Horse of the Year Awards
January 15, 2019 | US Equestrian

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Fuqua Rounds Out 2018 with Top Finishes at Atlanta Fall Classics, Rings in 2019 at ESP New Years
January 1, 2019 | Equinium

Conyers, GA and Wellington, FL (January 1, 2019) - A beginning and an end: the transition into the New Year brought new accolades for 11-year-old Kat Fuqua, who rounded out her 2018 season with top finishes in Atlanta before swapping the Georgia backdrop for Florida's sun and palms and a few more ribbons to add to her New Year celebrations. Blazing her way through the Large and Medium Pony Hunters, as well as the Junior Hunter divisions, Fuqua's equines are now perfectly positioned for more show ring success in 2019.

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