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CDS student spends summer competing in national riding events

By Jeff Berlinicke
Special Correspondent
Published: July 30, 2014
Kate Weisenmiller is an accomplished equestrian who is about to enter her sophomore year at Carrollwood Day School.

LUTZ — There’s not a lot of room to hang anything on Kate Weisenmiller’s bedroom wall.

The walls are dominated with ribbons, medals and trophies — a collection that is only expected to grow larger.

Kate is an accomplished equestrian who is just about to enter her sophomore year at Carrollwood Day School. She has been riding in national events for the past five years and has four of her own horses. She has been participating in contests all over the country and, from Michigan, she said that she doesn’t mind having a loaded schedule during her summer break.

She rides out of the Keilyn Barns in Lutz and said she loves everything about horses, from the grooming and feeding to riding in competitions.

Kate started riding when she was 5, and specializes in show jumping. It’s a sport that requires style over speed. The more effortless the jump appears, the higher the score. Kate said that she doesn’t mind working with her horses every day. Her grades at Carrollwood Day School show that she knows how to balance her time.

She learned to ride at such a young age that she can’t remember doing anything else. She started competing at the age of 7, and never looked back.

“I just loved it from the first time,” Kate said. “I know my parents were more nervous than me. I guess maybe I was scared a little at first but it became easy.”

Kate is devoted to her two show horses — Thank Heavens and Blind Date — and has them transported to wherever her next competition is held. She has some pretty high ambitions. The Olympics has equestrian events and Kate said that is in the back of her mind as long as it doesn’t interfere with school.

She’s in the mid-30s in the national rankings for the long pony division, but she’s been putting in the effort to move up the ladder. After an event in Michigan, she’ll end the summer with a trip to Kentucky before it’s time to start school again.

Like all sophomores at Carrollwood Day, she’ll be required to do a major project that will take a year to complete. Some of the projects are extremely complex.

But Kate isn’t worried, she said.

Hers will be about horses.