Lupus not slowing down North Branford Equestrian Kylie Katz

16 year old competing and winning despite chronic illness

DURHAM, Conn. (WTNH)– Equestrian sports take a lot of time and a lot of hard work. Imagine competing against some of the best in the nation while battling a disease that can zap your energy and affect your joints.
That’s what North Branford’s Kylie Katz has been doing since being diagnosed with Lupus in March.
“I was very confused I guess, because I had no idea what lupus was didn’t even know it existed,” says Katz.
An autoimmune disease, Katz often suffers from fatigue and she also has to protect her skin from the sun.

Lupus hasn’t stopped her from competing and winning. The 16 year old spends six days a week riding her horse Tucker at Movado farms in Durham, it’s her comfort zone, “If i’m having a stressful day or something’s going on, I know I can just come here and get him out and just groom him and just be with him.”

Katz has been riding for 11 years, it all started with a trip to the North Haven Fair when her mother, Michele, let her take a pony ride.

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