KATHRYN Knox from Broughshane is a familiar face in the equestrian world, having had great success with her Irish Draught mare, ‘Braeview Codega’ in recent years. Next week, Kathryn faces a challenge of a very different kind, as she is through the final of the Miss Northern Ireland competition!
Kathryn qualified for the final last February, taking part in her first beauty pageant and, on this occasion, took the winner’s sash herself, having previously won many titles and sashes but usually on horseback!
Kathryn is 25 years old and works as a Construction Health and Safety Advisor. She is one of 24 finalists, who will take part in the three-day final taking place at the Europa Hotel in Belfast from September 4 to 6, with the final judging taking place at a Gala Dinner on the evening of Monday, September 6, attended by family, friends and sponsors from the NI business world.
This will be a bit of a change for Kathryn, as she is used to being judged in Showing and Working Hunter classes with her horses, but this time she will have to take to the catwalk in a swimwear category and formal dress category to try to impress the judges by herself.
Kathryn has been very busy with work recently, as well as getting ready for Miss Northern Ireland and preparing her two young horses to compete in showing, Working Hunter and the Irish Draught classes at Balmoral Show later in the month.
She and her Champion Irish Draught mare, ‘Braeview Codega’ have taken numerous titles over the last eight years, including standing Irish Draught Performance Champion at Balmoral Show and winning the very prestigious IDHBA Performance Horse of the Year Award for a wonderful 2018 season when ‘Braeview Codega’ won 23 Championships! This mare is now in foal with her last competitive outing being last September, when she stood Champion and Supreme Champion at the Native Breeds Autumn Show and hopefully will produce some future champions in the years to come.
Kathryn and her mum, Heather have been overwhelmed with all the good wishes from the equestrian world, as she enjoys the wonderful experience of taking part in this fabulous competition.
Horse Week wishes Kathryn every success as she faces this latest challenge for the Miss Northern Ireland title and the opportunity to qualify for Miss World, which takes place in America in December.