Cara Fernandez

Cara Fernandez

To me, Archery means: Passion, Love and Joy. It is who I am, what makes me laugh, makes me cry tears of joy and has allowed me to form lifelong friendships. It has shaped me into the person I am today. Archery is the meaning of my life!
Cara Fernandez

Career Highlights

  • 29 National Titles
  • 11 World Championships and back to back A.S.A Shooter of the Year

World Ranking:

#1 3D

Total years in archery & pro

Twenty-four years. (Wow, I think I just dated myself.) Eight years as a pro.

Career highlight

29 National Titles, 11 World Championships, 7 I.B.O. National Championships, 10 A.S.A. & I.B.O. Shooter of the Year Honors. I would have to say my proudest moment has been winning back-to-back A.S.A. Shooter of the Year. Frankly, I believe it is the hardest (Shooter of the Year) title to win. The competition is amazing and you have to shoot perfect all season long…there’s very little room for error.

World ranking

We don’t really do World Rankings in Women's 3D… but my nickname, from friends, is “The Champ.”

How you got your start in archery

My dad was an avid hunter and was getting ready one September for the annual opening of archery hunting season. I was always a “daddy’s girl” and he was outside shooting with the neighbor boy. Needless to say, I was jealous and that didn’t go over well.

I first picked up a bow, at the age of 3. I used to run around the house and shoot everything in sight with suction cup arrows. That didn’t last long, before I was outdoors shooting my first 3-D tournaments, at the age of 5. Once we had shot every local tournament imaginable, my dad and I started to go to state events. At the age of 10, he asked me if I wanted to go to Flatwoods, West Virginia, for the IBO World Championships. I, of course, didn’t hesitate to go and we’ve been traveling to tournaments, throughout the United States, ever since.

Mentor / Inspiration in archery

Actually, I grew up in the 3D archery world. I started competing in the pee-wee class and, through the years, worked my way up the ranks. I would always run right up to meet the pro women and talk to them about archery. I would ask for their autographs. I was driven to be in their shoes one day, standing up on the stage, getting the big checks. My goal was to, one day, be able to compete in the professional class.

Sponsors – Arrows

Easton (For 3-D, I either depend on my ACE’s for IBO, or Lightspeed’s for ASA. For indoor, it’s the Full Bore arrows.
Hoyt / Shrewd Stabilizers / Axcel Sights / Easton Outfitters Backpacks/
T.R.U. Ball Releases / Bohning Archery/ Alpen Optics / BCY

Favorite place to shoot / compete

Naming my favorite place is actually a tough one. In each place we travel, the communities, venues, and lodgings are all unique and welcoming. My most favorite place to compete would have to be the ASA Classic because I love the final shoot-off event. Another favorite place to shoot, for the challenging course and terrain, is the IBO World Championship. Vegas, too, can get your competitive blood pumping.

Breakthrough moments in archery & the best shot you ever made

I have been blessed to have had many moments that I’d consider “breakthroughs.” I will never forget the time that I won my first IBO World Championship, in 1998, as a cub, with a one arrow shoot-off, against Levi Morgan. Nor, will I ever forget the moment when I won my first ASA, as a Pro, in 2010… and we missed our return flight because I never thought I would make the shoot off, let alone be bringing home first place and a Happy Gilmore check. I will also never forget the moment when I won my first IBO, as a Pro… Erie, Pennsylvania. I can remember the last 10 targets were the toughest ones we had shot all weekend and, at the end, I bent over, hands on my knees, in total shock! I finally did it! I feel much the same relief, after any victory. There’s always a sense of accomplishment, a reflection period (on the game changing targets) and, of course, feeling incredibly blessed. I will never forget, in 2012, coming back on the final ten targets, at the IBO Worlds, and hitting 7 out of 10 elevens to take the win. Every part of my archery career has been a blessing. I’m extremely thankful to be able to compete, at a professional level, doing what I love.

Birthdate & place / Based now

My birthday is November 2nd and I was born in Southfield, Michigan. I now live and work in Lapeer, Michigan.

What Easton means to you

Easton means many things to me. Easton is a pioneer of the archery product industry. The Easton Foundation supports what we love to do, by strongly promoting the sport of archery. It means quality, top-of-the-line, accurate products, which I can depend on. Easton equals victories.

When I’m not shooting, you can find me

Either behind my desk or on the go…I work as a full time Admissions & Marketing Director for a health care campus. I also love spending time, with Rosco, my Chessie dog. We both love to do anything outdoors related! Plus, I’m always working on my house because there are always projects waiting…inside or out.

Favorite food

I love many types of foods. My mom’s homemade Italian dishes are definitely favorites. Hate sushi. After a win, I’m always ready for a steak, baked potato and a salad, smothered with Ranch. I’m a ranch dressing-holic.

When I’m on the line, shooting for the gold

“You’ve got this!” is going through my head.

The cue you always remember to shoot well

I always tell myself not to over-think it. You’ve practiced hard for this and you must have

confidence in your ability to perform in that moment. Whether you’re aiming an arrow, at the buck of a lifetime, or making a shot in a shoot down, you need complete confidence in yourself.

Favorite style of music &* What’s on your playlist right now

I’m a country girl… all the way! My playlist right now has Luke Bryan, Colt Ford, Florida/Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown Band and much more. The Bone Collector Album is the bomb! Love the old school rockers, Pat Benatar & Stevie Nicks. Best songs that describe me on my playlist, Kellie Pickler “Tough” and Jason Aldean “She’s Country.”

Favorite movie

I’m a chick flick fanatic (or a romantic comedy) kind of girl. I refuse to watch scary movies. Favorite recent chick flick: The Holiday. Favorite comedy: Just Go With It.

Favorite TV / book

Duck Dynasty/ Grey’s Anatomy/ The Voice/ Big Bang Theory/ And, naturally, the Outdoor/Sportsmen’s Channels.

Favorite sports team

This is easy! I’m a diehard football fan. Love college football! GO BLUE… Michigan football!

Pets & names

My pride and joy, Rosco P. Coltrane… No, he doesn’t star in the Dukes of Hazard. He’s my Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

Your Car

I drive a White GMC Terrain / Dream car: A muscle car would just get me into trouble…and a lot of tickets. Besides, I’m more of an SUV/ truck kinda gal.

If you could have ‘coffee’ with anyone in history, it would be

Amelia Earhart. I would like to know what inspired her.

Philosophy of life / motto

“Everything happens for a reason!” and “Life is too short.”

In 20 years, I’ll hopefully be

a wife, mom, successful business woman and, of course, still be a professional archer. I’d love to be an inspiration for other ladies/girls in the sport.