A PRIVATE CHAT WITH...

KATIE DINAN

WHEN WAS YOUR VERY FIRST EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION?
My first competition was at a local farm in New York. I was riding a pony named Annie and I was 5 years old. I came out of the ring and I immediately felt that I loved horse showing but truthfully I have not idea what was coming! (laughs) 


WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER?
I would say the highlight for me was winning the five star Grand Prix at the national horseshow in Kentucky with my horse Nougat du Valet in 2013. It was a very special moment for us. And I would say besides that, was to be on the US team that won the Nations Cup in Dublin. 


IF YOU HAD NOT GONE INTO HORSE RIDING, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DONE?

I just graduated from university at Harvard in May, with the degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. So if I were not riding right now, I  thInk I would probably study in school either to get a master or a doctorate degree. But at the moment I stay with my horses ! 

YOU TRAVEL A LOT. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY?
I would say my favorite city is London. I like that it’s a modern city but also has a lot of history and it has many museums, parks and restaurants.

WHICH OBJECT DO YOU ALWAYS KEEP WITH YOU?
It’s not really aN object but I always HAVE my chihuahua. Her name is Delilah and she comes with me everywhere.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ATHLETE?
This summer, I was so impressed by Simone Biles, the american gymnast who did so well at Rio.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSIC?
I’m a big fan of Adele. I like her classic song “Rolling in the deep”. I had the opportunity to see her in concert last fall and she was brilliant.  

DO YOU PREFER THE BEACH OR THE MOUNTAINS?
The beach.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
St Barth, for the beach ! With family and friends.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT BEDTIME READING?  Right now, I’m reading a book callED: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD BY COLSON  WHITEHEAD. It’s quite good !

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FILM?
I just saw this movie “Hidden figures” in theaters, about the scientists at Nasa, that was the best movie I've seen for a long time. But other than, I really love "Legally blonde".

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COCKTAIL?
Amaretto sour. They’re quite good, well I think so !

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR IDEAL SUNDAY?
My answer was going to be « My ideal Sunday is to have a good day in a Grand Prix » ! But if I am not in the show, that doesn’t happen so often, but to be at home, I’ll just spend the day at the barn with my dogs and see some friends.

WHAT IS YOUR EVERYDAY CAR? AND YOUR DREAM CAR?
I drive a blue BMW X3. As far as a dream car I wouldn’t want anything fancier because I am a very bad driver and I’d rather have a top Grand Prix horse than a car!  

INTERVIEW & PHOTOS BY JESSICA RODRIGUES

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