Aiken, SC – Three deserving dressage riders sponsored by Custom Saddlery will be heading down centerline this summer in Europe, thanks to generous grants from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Young riders Catherine Chamberlain and Ayden Uhlir will be representing the United States in the country’s first ever Young Rider team in Europe, and Devon Kane will be riding for Team USA in a Nations Cup competition.The grants were made possible by concentrated fundraising efforts and the generosity of the USET Foundation, United States Olympic Committee, and USEF sponsors and members.
Catherine Chamberlain, from Murrieta, California, and Avesto Van Weltevreden, Kimberly Pribble's 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Gribaldi-Tevesta, Krack C), are the top-ranked Young Rider European Tour combination in the U.S. The pair earned a blue ribbon with a 72.045 percent in the Young Rider Freestyle to Music in Del Mar, California, in April along with a host of other first place finishes so far this year.
Ayden Uhlir from Wellington, Florida, and her own Sjapoer, a 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Contango-Jenia, Wolfgang), were the next Young Rider duo in line to receive a grant after successful outcomes during the Adequan Global Dressage Festival series in Wellington this winter.
Both horse and rider combinations will compete at the CDIO-Y Hagen, in Hagen, Germany, June 16-21. Chamberlain will also be an alternate on her own 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding Verdicci (Krack C-Nadine’s Monday, Jackson).
Devon Kane and her 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Destiny (Diamond Hit-Midt-West Regina, Rubenstein) will represent the U.S. at the Nations Cup CDIO5* Falsterbo in Falsterbo, Sweden, on July 9-12.
When nineteen-year-old Uhlir learned that she was selected for a grant, she was thrilled that her dream to represent the U.S. in international competition was about to come true.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us as Young Riders to gain invaluable experience at the highest levels,” Uhlir said. “I feel a huge sense of responsibility representing the U.S. We were given a bit of a taste of European competition this year at the Florida Youth Championships, and I want to represent our country’s growing and developing talent while in Europe as well.”
Uhlir, along with Chamberlain and Kane, are Custom Saddlery sponsored riders and are proud to ride in the company’s saddles.“I ride in the Wolfgang Solo,” Uhlir explained. “My Custom Saddle gives me the ability to have the minimum amount of saddle between Sjapoer and I with maximum impact, so that I can feel not only his movements but the thought of his movements. I think my Custom Saddle gives me maximum connection and integration with ‘SJ’, which is the key to success at the FEI levels.”She is looking forward to expanding her friendships while abroad, and is especially excited to meet new people in Germany, her father’s home country. “I think Catherine and I will have a great time together on Team USA,” Uhlir added about her fellow Custom Saddlery Young Rider.
Not only are the three Custom Saddlery sponsored riders halting at X with USEF Grants, but the brand is the also the Official Saddle of the U.S. Dressage Team through the 2016 Olympic Games. Based out of Aiken, South Carolina, Custom Saddlery offers twenty-two innovative, one-of-a-kind dressage saddles as well as professional fitting services and custom saddle accessories. To learn more about Custom Saddlery, visit www.mysaddle.com or call 1-800-235-3865