Kathryn Whitney

Kathryn Whitney | 25 | USA

Riding experience: Kathryn started riding at age four. She's trained as an off-the-track steeplechaser, was a catch rider aged 12-18 and now plays polo. For three years Kathryn was a hunter/jumper for the NYU Equestrian team with fellow 2015 Derby rider Michele Tanaka and 2012 rider Julie Youngblood (joint 7th place). 

Outdoor/survival experience: Kathryn can build a shelter, light a fire, source edible plants and get a good night's sleep on the ground. She grew up on boats, has excellent navigational skills and claims to be ‘fond of maps’.  She was fifteen when she first traveled to the Arctic and has travelled back many times to photograph polar bears. Certified in first aid and CPR, Kathryn has real-world experience relocating dislodged joints and bandaging wounds (including her own). She likes goat and hates to lose.

The Derby sounds like an amazing opportunity to compete with people from all around the globe.

I think I can win.
— Kathryn

Kathryn is raising money for The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.