An American Dressage Star is Born – Catherine Rose Chamberlain 2014 NAJYRC Triple Gold Medalist
Monday, July 21, 2014
Chamberlain and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding, Verdicci (by Krack C), or “Chance” as he is known in the barn, have been together since her parents bought him as a five-year-old when Chamberlain was just 12. Chamberlain started competing him at training level, and has since competed at NAJYRC four times, twice as a Junior and twice as a Young Rider. In 2010 Catherine and Verdicci won the Junior Individual Fresstyle Silver medal, and in 2011 Young Rider Team Gold for Region 5.
“I came here this year just to have a good time,” said Chamberlain, “and found myself more relaxed than I have ever been. I think that is one of the reasons why we have had such a good show."
In 2011, Chamberlain won Young Rider Team Gold riding for Region 5. In 2010, she won Silver medals in the Junior Individual and the Junior Freestyle Championships.
The Individual Test wasn't the end of Chamberlain's Gold-medal performances since in her final test, the Young Rider Freestyle Championship, Chamberlain and Chance earned a 72.525%, giving her a clean sweep at this year's NAJRYC.
Following on the heels of her success, Chamberlain is off in search of continued improvement. She and Chance are next headed to Lendon Gray's Emerging Dressage Athlete Program Horsemastership Clinic during the last week of July. Offered by Dressage4kids, Inc., the goal of the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program is to educate and train dressage riders under age 21 to become stars of the future as they represent Team USA in international competition or become professional riders and trainers. It is evident that Chamberlain is already on her way to international stardom.
After the clinic, only then will she head home to Murrieta, Calif., where she works and trains at Wightman and Raine's Adventure Farms. Originally from Chandler, Ariz. Chamberlain moved to Adventure Farms last November, and has become a part of the family there. Before then, she was training with Scottsdale-based Ashleigh Luca Tyson, who she credits for helping her grow and gain knowledge while she was in school and keeping up with her training.
Chamberlain graduated high school in 2012 after only three years, instead of the typical four years, since she did online coursework and picked up extra work. She plans to pursue a professional career training and riding in dressage and does “whatever it takes” to earn her keep. “I polish boots, do stalls, and ride horses...whatever David and Kathleen need,” she commented.
“I have wanted to be a dressage rider and trainer since I was nine years old, “ said Chamberlain. “I know that sounds crazy, but I have never wavered from that goal."
She has a passion for riding and training young horses and has proven she can do it with Verdicci. She currently has another young prospect in training. Sophina is a five-year-old Westphalian mare by Spielberg.
Chamberlain’s list of achievements is impressive including:
- Recipient of the Willy Arts Young Rider Grant in 2010
- Recipient of the Caitlin Ben-Dror Scholarship in 2010
- Selected participant in The Dressage Foundation's Young Rider Olympic Dream Program in 2012
- USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year in 2012
- USDF Bronze and Silver Medal Rider Awards
- A current member of the USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee.
- Junior Individual and Junior Freestyle Silver Medals in 2010
- 2011 Young Rider Team Gold for Region 5
Now she has Triple Gold in dressage at the 2014 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships to add to that list.
For full results or to learn more about the NAJYRC, please visit www.youngriders.org.
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