Multimedia sports journalist and local equestrian Catie Staszak is working diligently to make equestrian events more accessible. As a broadcast analyst, she has covered events for NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Carr-Hughes Productions, ShowNet and ESPN West Palm.
In mid-August, Staszak renewed her highly coveted contract with the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League.
“I’m so honored to continue my journey on the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League,” Staszak said. “Working with the FEI has truly been a dream, and we share the same goals of promoting the tremendous stories of athletes — both human and equine — that exist within the incredible sport that is show jumping. I love what I do!”
As a result, she will be covering all 14 legs throughout the 2018-19 season, including World Cup classes at the prestigious Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, the Washington International Horse Show and the Palm Beach Masters at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, as well as two new legs in Columbus, Ohio, and Leon, Mexico.
“I could not be more excited to get back on the mic,” Staszak said. “We have a tremendous team in place for this season, and after having riders come out of the North American League to win at World Cup Finals in each of the past two years, there is so much to look forward to, both with competition and content.”
Staszak, 26, is also a successful competitive equestrian showing in the hunter/jumper category. Staszak finished in the top 10 of the 2017 Ariat National Medal Final and, as a junior rider, she competed in the prestigious ASPCA Maclay Championship and the USEF Medal Final.
Her passion for, experience with and knowledge about horses has led her to pursue many endeavors within the industry. She has worked with Global Champions Tour TV and, through the FEI, has appeared on the New England Sports Network, Toronto Sports Network and in 20 countries via IMG.