This week’s episode is with international show jumper, Catherine Tyree.
Catherine, known as “Cat,” is a lifelong equestrian originally from Chicago who began her riding under Katie Kappler. In her final year as a junior rider, she began training with Missy Clark and John Brennen of North Run. It was under their tutelage that Cat says flourished into the athlete she is today. She competed in her first World Cup Qualifier at only 21 years old and made her senior Nations Cup debut for Team USA less than two years later.
In 2019, Tyree made the transition from amateur to professional status and set up her home base in Wellington, Florida. Her string of talented horses have found great success in her training program, which she details in the podcast.
Over the course of her career, Tyree’s accomplishments include second place in the 2016 HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, third place in the 2019 $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup President’s Cup Grand Prix at the Washington International Horse Show, a number of FEI wins both nationally and internationally, and she has represented Team USA on five occasions.
In this episode, Tyree discusses her training program and her favorite exercises to keep her horses in top shape, speaks candidly about what it’s like to be a young professional at the top of the sport and how humbling it can be, and opens up about how a riding accident taught her to lean on the people closest to her.
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