Get to know Katherine...
Meet Katherine Provaznik representing the Buckeye Southern Quarter Horse Association. This beauty is a medical student currently attending Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Get to know "Katie" better in her interview below!
1.) Name and Association Representing:
My name is Katherine Provaznik, but every calls me Katie. I am representing the Buckeye Southern Quarter Horse Association.
2.) Where are you from? Tell us a little about your hometown.
I am from the tiny town of Wheelersburg, Ohio. It one of the most southern points in Ohio, the hills and forest that surround the area make it some of the most beautiful scenery that I have ever seen.
3.) Why did you choose to compete for the title of 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen?
I chose to compete for 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress because growing up the past queens amazed me. They were always so kind and beautiful, not to mention wonderful role models to young girls in the horse industry. I knew when I grew up that I had to at least try to be one. After competing last year at the 2014 Queen Contest not only did I learn how kind, beautiful and amazing these women were, but also how strong and intelligent they were and it has made me see the Queen Contest in a new light. It made me want to be a part of it even more!
4.) Are you currently in school? Employed?
Currently, I attend Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
5.) Favorite Horse Memory or Accomplishment?
My favorite horse memory happened about 6 years ago when I was in high school. For as long as I can remember I had begged and begged my mom to let me try Jumping. Finally, when I was 17 she relented. After finding a trainer in Columbus (two hours away from home) and buying a horse I started basically relearning how to ride since I was a Western girl before that. I spent months and months practicing posting, two-point, hand galloping and still my trainer would not let me jump saying that she had to see that I was ready. Finally, after almost seven months, I was at a show watching everyone else prepare for their classes and I just leaned into my horse (Spencer) and whispered something like, "Today's the day." We flew around the crowded practice ring, weaving in and out at a hand gallop for what seemed like hours, but was probably only ten or fifteen minutes. When I was walking to put my horse away my trainer came out smiled and looked at me and simply said, "You’re ready." That night in the empty ring she set up my first jumps. I barely remember even jumping them; I was just so proud and excited that finally after months of practice and dedication, not to mention the years that I had waited for that moment, I was finally ready.
6.) Interesting Fact about yourself:
An interesting fact about myself is that I enjoy Fencing (the sport, not putting up actual fence) and when I told my parents that I had started learning how they were so disappointed that is wasn't the "useful" kind of fencing.