Potsdam, NY – May 25, 2021 – Accomplished young rider Kat Fuqua is among the group of talented equestrians of all ages and backgrounds now enrolled in Clarkson University’s equestrian studies courses. Registration to join Fuqua in any of the three available courses closes June 1, and additional information can be found online here.
“I have seen a lot growing up at my family’s Collecting Gaits Farm, including being involved in sponsorship, staffing and scale decisions for our program,” said Fuqua, 13. “Being part of the family business has meant doing farm work, being responsible for business decisions, bringing in talented horses and trainers, including Olympians, and understanding the business of sponsorship through the USEF National Dressage Championships, the Olympic Selection Trials and USEF Pony Finals.”
Based out of Atlanta, GA, Fuqua has had a stellar competitive career from her start, having earned numerous national hunter and pony hunter championship titles, eight US Equestrian Horse of the Year honors, her US Dressage silver medal in the FEI Prix St. George, equitation wins and more.
With her busy show schedule, the online format of Clarkson University’s equestrian courses is a perfect fit for Fuqua, as the courses can be completed from anywhere and on a student’s own schedule. The flexible nature of the classes also makes them ideal for trainers, equestrian business owners or anyone juggling other commitments while wishing to further their education.
The three courses offered this summer include Business and Bias in the Equestrian Industry; Grit, Toughness, and Contemporary Equestrian Coaching; and English Riding: History, Culture, and Industry Evolution.
“All three courses are designed for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of the equestrian industry and how to best manage their hobbies, business and approach to our sport,” explained course professor Piper Klemm, Ph.D. “They’re great for all ages, and it’s exciting to have young riders like Kat enrolled and eager to learn.”
Each course provides two credit hours, able to be transferred to other universities (per the university’s policies), and the classes are also beneficial for those beyond their college years.
“This sport is unique because it is a lifelong sport,” said Klemm. “Handling decision making, finances and emotions and understanding the market forces can always be improved upon. This investment will benefit you for decades to come.”
To learn more and to enroll today, visit www.clarkson.edu/equestrian-college-courses-clarkson. To learn more about Kat Fuqua, visit www.katfuqua.com.