Area resident, equestrian and broadcast journalist Catie Staszak was recently chosen for The Plaid Horse’s “30 Under 30” feature in the magazine’s October/November edition. The feature, an annual list in the equestrian magazine, showcases 30 young equestrians under 30 years old who represent the future of the sport. They hold a wide variety of careers, ranging from photographers, philanthropists, writers, riders, trainers and more, all bound together by a common thread — their love of equines.
This is the second “30 Under 30” list that Staszak has made this year, after being featured by Noelle Floyd magazine in the spring.
“I am honored to be included among such an incredibly accomplished group of young professionals,” Staszak said. “One of my greatest aspirations is to increase the exposure of equestrian sports, and it excites me that there is such an abundance of young talent in the sport. Show jumping has an incredibly bright future in the U.S.”
Staszak, 26, is a highly respected broadcast journalist and writer who started Catie Staszak Media Inc. this year. She is primarily the lead show jumping broadcast analyst for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup North American League, where she is the only female — as well as only American — commentator.
She covers equestrian sports in Wellington and around the globe, most recently at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Maryland. There, she also competed herself, finishing fourth in the prestigious Ariat National Medal Final. She also broadcasted at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup New York, along with several other World Cup qualifiers this summer and fall.
“It has been an absolute whirlwind of a year,” Staszak said. “I am so grateful to be able to pursue my passion every day, and I look forward to what’s ahead. There is still so much I want to accomplish.”
Staszak regularly works with FEI TV, the NBC Sports Network and Carr-Hughes Productions, CBS Sports Network and more.
She also moderated at the FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and covered local sports in West Palm Beach with ESPN West Palm, WPTV News Channel 5, WFLX FOX 29 and as a SportsCenter update anchor on ESPN 106.3. Her resume also includes being a TV host and handicapper at Gulfstream Park racetrack, which was her first full-time job after graduating at the top of her class from the University of Miami in 2014.
Catie Staszak Media encompasses Staszak’s many multimedia journalism services, from on-air talent and broadcasting, to producing, script writing, print journalism, web design, media consulting and more.
Recently, Staszak launched a Facebook page to communicate and connect with her fans, www.facebook.com/catiestaszakmedia. To learn more about Staszak, visit www.catiestaszak.com.