I had the pleasure of interviewing Show Season rider, Carrie Fritz, this month. Carrie has been showing Arabians since 1985, when she and her sister, Leslie, fell for the breed and teamed up with Gordon Potts.
“Gordon was at LaVerada in north Texas at the time. We owned a few Arabians previously, but the Chestnut stud named Donsetta Jabask, who we bought from him, was the horse that got us hooked on the breed,” says Carrie.
Since then, Carrie’s list of Champions with Potts is a lengthy one. But one of my personal favorites has always been AmericanBeautie, who Carrie went reserve on last year in the HA Country Pleasure Driving (it was Beauties 26th National or Res. National Championship!).
Learn more about Carrie and her English style in our Show Season exclusive –
Show Season: Describe your riding fashion style.
Carrie Fritz: Overall, I would say I am pretty conservative. I like a very tailored look. I love day coats and am not a fan of Derbys.
SS: What is your favorite headtotoe riding outfit?
CF: My very favorite outfit is a black and tan hounds tooth day coat from Show Season that I bought right before Nationals in 2013. I wanted something special to wear on AmericanBeautie, for what I thought was my last time to show her. I was lucky enough to wear that same coat on her again last year at Nationals when we went reserve!
SS: Do you wear anything for good luck in the show ring?
CF: I have a lucky pin that I wear on my suits; it has a Shamrock on it.
SS: What is one thing you never go in the ring without?
CF: A good coach on the rail!
SS: How would you describe your nonhorse show style?
CF: Something most people don’t know about me is that I have a degree in fashion design and merchandising, and I attended the Fashion Institute in Paris, France. I’m not sure I’ve used my degree much because at home I’m a jeans and T-shirt girl.
SS: What has been your biggest accomplishment as a rider?
CF: My very first U.S. National Championship was unanimous.
SS: What are your riding goals for the future?
CF: I am going to try my hand at showing western this year. It’s something that I am very uncomfortable with, but I want to concur my fears and give it a whirl.
SS: Who has been the most influential in your riding career?
CF: I have had two big influences in Arabian horses: Gordon Potts, who has been a mentor for me from the beginning, and my sister Leslie, who has always been my partner in crime!