Catherine Chamberlain Sweeps Young Rider Division, Genay Vaughn Wins 16-15 Grand Prix

Monday, March 30, 2015

Catherine Chamberlain & Avesto Van Weltevreden. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler)
Catherine Chamberlain & Avesto Van Weltevreden. (Photo: Jennifer M. Keeler)

Last year's NAYRC Team, Individual, and Freestyle Gold Medalist Catherine Chamberlain completed a sweep of the CDI Young Rider division with a win in the Freestyle at the California Dreaming Productions' Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25 with a score of 69.775%. With her new partner Avesto Van Weltevreden (Dutch Warmblood gelding [Gribaldi x Tevesta by Krack C] owned by Kimberly Pribble), Chamberlain is undefeated in her division this year and looks poised for a possible return to the NAJYRC in Kentucky for a fifth time. "Just a year ago I showed him here in San Juan Capistrano at Third Level, and he's come such a long way in a short time. He's always the same horse in the ring as he is in the warm-up, and that consistency is one of the things that I think makes him a solid competitor," said Chamberlain.

"This was his first freestyle ever, but he was great and the music didn't seem to faze him at all - it got him just the right amount of 'pumped up'. I made a brand new freestyle last year for my other horse Verdicci to specifically use at the NAJYRC and only used it once, so I decided to try it with Avesto and it worked really well for him. We tweaked the choreography a bit because he's still a little green at this level, but he handled it wonderfully.

I'm so grateful to his owner for this opportunity to ride him, and I'm excited to see how he keeps developing. He's a very cool horse." Another repeat winner wrapped up the Festival of the Horse CDI competition as the lovely pair of Genay Vaughn and her impressive black Hanoverian stallion Donarweiss GGF (De Niro x SPS Highlight by Hohenstein, owned by Starr Vaughn Equestrian, LLC) claimed their second straight victory in the CDI Under 25 division in topping the 16-25 Grand Prix Test with 66.705%.

Complete results from the Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J/U-25 as well as live-streaming video archives are available on the California Dreaming Productions website, http://www.californiadreamingproductions.com.
About California Dreaming Productions
Formed by a partnership between long-time show organizer Glenda McElroy of Burbank, CA and Grand Prix riders and trainers David and Alisa Wilson of Chino Hills, CA, the goal of California Dreaming Productions (CDP) is to bring a fresh face to international-level dressage competition on the West Coast. For more information about CDP shows and events, visit our website www.californiadreamingproductions.com or contact Glenda McElroy, glenda@cdpequestrian.com, or David and Alisa Wilson, david@cdpequestrian.com and alisa@cdpequestrian.com.