Kate Upton's journey from horse rider to 'coveted' model

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 08:40 hrs

Kate Upton, who once made a very low-key appearance on the pages of a magazine - as a shiny faced teenager posing with her horse - has now become one of the most sought after models in the world.

Taken just three years ago, the Sports Illustrated model is almost unrecognisable as she hugs her mount Roanie Pony after achieving national success as a rider.

In the pictures, the 20-year-old beauty appears in a jewel-embellished costume, which features a patterned shirt, oversized gold belt buckle and black Stetson hat, the Daily Mail reported.

Upton was involved with the American Paint Horse Association and was quite successful at the national level.

She and Roanie Pony won three APHA Reserve World Championships and was crowned the 13 and Under Reserve All-Around Champion.

The second horse she competed with was called Zipped and the duo won the 14-18 Western Riding in 2001.

Upton was placed fourth in 14-18 Horsemanship and was named world champion in 14-18 Western Pleasure in 2009. (ANI)

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