This past month, K and T Creations' ambassador, Cat Zimmerman, competed at the Midwest Horse Fair with her mustang. This is what she has to say about it!
1. How did you get involved with horses?
At the age of 3 I noticed ponies in a paddock of a barn that had just reopened after being closed for years. I forced my mom to bring me in and it was the start of an era! She coincidentally ended up marrying the owner after several years of being there.
2. How did you get involved with mustangs and the Mustang Makeover?
While trail riding on vacation in Los Angeles in 2014, my trail guide told me about it because I was riding a mustang. I thought it was cool so I looked into it and ended up signing up. I suppose it stuck with me
3. Who were/are your role models and why?
Madison Shambaugh (Mustang Maddy) has been a role model for liberty work with horses as that's something I take great interest in. Dan James is another role model, he's super talented.
4. What are your favorite qualities about mustangs, and your mustangs specifically?
They're so versatile! Each one is different. You can go from a 16hh drafty build to a 12hh pony. Each one is so unique and I love that.
5. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
To ignore the haters. I've dealt with so much hate, especially when I got my first mustang. No one thought I was capable of training a wild horse, and there was even an account made by a boarder and lesson taker at the barn where she criticized everything I did. I was affected greatly by it but I've learned that the only way to be successful is to keep your head up and not let the noise of other's opinions drive out your passion.
6. Similarly, what advice would you give to younger equestrians?
Pretty much the same thing! There is always going to be someone trying to put you down but you have to push past it.
7. What was your favorite part about the Midwest Horse Fair?
I loved the little family that was brought together through the Star Search competition. I was so nervous about going into a competitive and aggressive environment but I was welcomed into something so much more! I'll attach a picture that shows that...
8. Describe your overall experience at the Midwest Horse Fair.
I can't even begin to explain it! It was amazing and all I hoped for. I've never been to anything like that, and have NEVER performed in front of such a big crowd. It was such a big confidence booster which is something you need every now and then. I actually came out of the arena crying my eyes out because I was so overwhelmed and happy lol!
9.What are some things you learned at the Midwest Horse Fair?
One big thing I learned while there was that you can't go into a competition being rude and competitive. You need to be supportive and friendly with one each other because everyone needs extra support.
10. As your final word, would you recommend the Midwest Horse Fair to friends?
Yes yes yes!! This fair is amazing. Dozens of clinics, hundreds of vendors, a rodeo, etc. It's amazing!