Join Kat Fuqua in Earning Equestrian College Credits at Clarkson University

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Kat Fuqua, one of the nation’s top junior riders, has enrolled in Clarkson University’s Equestrian Studies courses for the second consecutive year. The classes, taught by Piper Klemm, Ph.D. and publisher of The Plaid Horse, feature three subjects: 

  1. Business and Bias in the Equestrian Industry
  2. Grit, Toughness, and Contemporary Equestrian Coaching
  3. English Riding: History, Culture, and Industry Evolution

The courses will be offered in two course terms:

Summer Session I: June 1 – 30, 2022 – All Three Courses

Summer Session II: July 5 – August 3, 2022 – All Three Courses

Fuqua is a 14-year-old junior rider who has received national accolades in both the hunter jumper and dressage disciplines. In 2021, she claimed both the Adequan ®/ USEF Junior Hunter National Championship – East and the Adequan ®/ USEF Junior Dressage National Championship. 

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“I’m excited to do my second year at Clarkson University and continue my equine business knowledge and education, because it makes me more aware of my surroundings and what it takes to be in the high competition horse show environment,” says Fuqua. “I look for balance from just being a rider. While I’m a rising ninth grader, Clarkson’s college courses give me confidence to succeed in becoming a high schooler.”

Some of Fuqua’s additional accomplishments include: three WEF Circuit Championships in the Small and Large Junior Hunter divisions; three Junior Hunter Championships at the National Horse Show; two Grand Pony Hunter Championships at USEF Pony Finals; Junior Hunter Champion at the Washington International Horse Show; a Grand Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show; and USEF Pony Medal Champion. 

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“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,” says Klemm. “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). The classes are also beneficial for those beyond their college years.

“This sport is unique, because it is a lifelong sport,” says 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.” 

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