Katelyn Clapp, Ohio Michigan Indiana Quarter Horse Association

Name and Association representing:

My name is Katelyn Clapp, but I usually just go by Kate. I will be representing the Ohio Michigan Indiana Quarter Horse Association (OMIQHA) in the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen Contest.

Where are you from? Tell us a little more about your hometown.

I was born and raised in a suburb just south of Detroit, called Southgate. Growing up I was always considered “the horse girl” as a many of the children in my school had never seen or rode a horse before. The location of my hometown gave me the opportunity to go to the barn to ride horses, play with livestock, and get down and dirty in the mud, all while going back home to the city. My love for both the country and the city hasn’t changed, as I continue to ride, and I attended a private university downtown. I believe this shaped me into the person I am today, as I am able to appreciate the beauty and quietness of the country, and the hustle and bustle of city life.

Why did you choose to compete for the title of 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen?

I chose to compete for the title of the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen because I believe in this association and the lessons learned, friendships made, and memories created by it and the American Quarter Horse. We are absolutely blessed to have the opportunity to own, ride, and be around this amazing breed of horse, as well as compete with them at any level. Being able to continue to spread knowledge of the breed, the joy it brings people, and the opportunities and experiences this association allows are all things that I truly care about. Also, having the chance to become a role model for the youth and the young children of this association is extremely important to me.

Are you currently in school? Employed?

I graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with concentration in Finance, and a minor in Financial Economics, in December 2015. From there, I received a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in May 2017, from the same university. Through school, I was lucky enough to work part-time for 4 years at Merrill Lynch. Currently, I work for Daimler North America Corporation, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services as a Liquidity Management Analyst in the Treasury Department. 5) What is your favorite horse memory or accomplishment?

My favorite horse memory has to be competing on my High School Equestrian Team. For most of my high school career I competed for my school as a one woman team, as no one else rode horses. My freshman, sophomore, and junior years I won both Districts and Regionals- and then I was the Reserve State Champion my junior year for my division. Even though I had great success competing, my favorite memory would be all of the great friendships that participating brought me.

Share an interesting fact about yourself.

I am a volunteer for a 501(C) 3 Nonprofit Corporation called Rock CF, which is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Cystic Fibrosis. Since March of 2014, I have assisted its founder in organizing fundraisers, golf outings, 5k’s and Half Marathons, along with the help of an amazing core group of volunteers. In addition, we manage a killer merchandise line that is sold to people all over the world. This work heightens public awareness of Cystic Fibrosis. Keep on rockin’!!