Cat Zimmerman

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Since the age of 3, horses have been my world and all I think about. While I grew up in the hunter jumper life, my world is completely different now. From fancy jumper shows with high-dollar horses, to gentling wild mustangs. Since 2015, I have annually competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover - a 120 day training challenge where I am randomly assigned a wild mustang to gentle and train before the final competition. The competition consists of preliminary classes of Handling and Conditioning, and Trail. The last class to decide overall placings is Freestyle, where you have 3.5 minutes to creatively showcase what you have taught your mustang in the given time frame.

Outside of the Extreme Mustang Makeover, I am a trainer as part of the Mustang Heritage Foundation Trainer Incentive Program, where I gentle wild mustangs and put basic training into them before finding them adopters. The Mustang Heritage Foundation recognized me as their first youth ambassador for their various programs due to the extreme efforts I have taken in training mustangs. I am constantly finding homes for mustangs that I rescue and get surrendered to me through the 501c3 Non-Profit Rescue I started this past spring, CZ Mustangs.

My personal team of mustangs and myself perform at various events, expos, and fairs doing liberty and trick performances to showcase the breed and promote the adoption. We travel all along the east coast to events such as the New Jersey State Fair, All Things Equine, Alachua Fair, and even midwest to the Midwest Horse Fair, Kentucky Horse Park, and more.

The Extreme Mustang Makeover takes place in different cities each year, including; Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Lexington KY, and Ocala. Every year I compete in 1-2, along with TIP Challenges, which are smaller versions of the Extreme Mustang Makeover.

In 2016 I switched to online school to focus on training horses as I quickly discovered that my heart was set on doing so. After 3 years of online school, in 11th grade (2018) I graduated and started college courses.

I train horses for myself, competitions, my Rescue, and clients, 14 hours a day - 7 days a week, along with manage 22 horses by myself.

Biggest Accomplishment(s)

In 2017, I had many accomplishments that make me really proud. Out of 1000+ applicants, I was one of the 5 selected to compete in the Midwest Horse Fair's Star Search competition, where I was the Reserve Champion. I was the youth champion of the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Springfield, Massachusetts...along with the champion of the Open In-Hand at the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, Kentucky, and the champion of the Open Walk-Trot in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2017, I also developed myself as a stronger and more well-known trainer in the mustang world. Everything I know is self-taught, and it has not been an easy journey, so being one of the more well-known youth mustang trainers is something I'm very grateful for.

In 2018, I was the champion of the Youth Extreme Mustang Makeover in Lexington, Kentucky, and also the champion of the Youth TIP Challenge in Fairburn, Georgia.

Farhaan Thawer