Katie Allen, Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association

Get to know Katie...

Meet Katie Allen representing the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association. Currently a dental assistant, Katie will be applying to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the Summer of 2016. Read Katie's interview below to get to know her better! 

1.) Name and Association Representing?
Katie Allen - Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association

2.) Where are you from? Tell us a little about your hometown.
I was born and raised in the small town of Richland, Michigan. I was fortunate enough to have a lake in my backyard and my horses just down the street. Aside from moving away from home for school, I have lived in the same home my entire life and wouldn't have it any other way.

3.) Why did you choose to compete for the title of 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen?
This is my first year competing on the Quarter Horse Circuit and my family and I have really jumped in with both feet. Though my horse and I have found much success, winning seven all-around awards in both the Rookie and Novice divisions, I figured this would be a good year to get very familiar with the Congress without showing. 

4.) Are you currently in school? Employed?
After earning my Bachelor's degree in 2013 and spending about a year and a half in a sales position, I have decided to go back to school. I am currently enrolled in the pre-dental program at Western Michigan University and plan on applying to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the summer of 2016. I also work part time as a dental assistant at a private practice owned by my father.

5.) Favorite Horse Memory or Accomplishment?
My school did not offer an equestrian team when I was in high school; the first time I was able to compete with other teammates was when I was attending the University of Findlay. While at Findlay I rode for the dressage team and was one of four members who qualified to compete at the Intercollegiate Dressage Association national competition in South Carolina. My team and I finished (tied for) second place - the best Findlay had ever placed at IDA Nationals. Not only had I finally been able to ride for a team, but an extremely successful one.

6.) Interesting Fact about yourself?
I am often perceived as somewhat of a girly-girl. I have competed for Miss Michigan several times and enjoy a good pedicure every once in a while - but don't be fooled; I am a huge adrenaline junkie. I have been sky diving multiple times, cannon jumping in the Swiss Alps and actually drove a motorcycle through much of my college career. I also enjoy wakeboarding, snowboarding, hiking, and anything else with a thrill

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