Catherine Chamberlain & Avesto Van Weltevreden Win USA Young Rider Championship in Last Chance

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Catherine Chamberlain riding Avesto Van Weltevreden in the USA five-year-old championship honor round. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Catherine Chamberlain riding Avesto Van Weltevreden in the USA five-year-old championship honor round. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 22, 2015–Catherine Chamberlain rode Avesto Van Weltevreden to the United States Young Rider Championship Saturday in the 20-year-old rider’s last chance at the national title that became her first.

Catherine and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Gribaldi x Krack C) who was second in the preliminary test scored 69.605 per cent for the victory in the final that gave the pair the championship in part one of the Festival of Champions presented by the Dutta Corp.

Kerrigan Gluch on Vaquero HGF who had won the preliminary test slipped to third in the final with a score of 68.289 but it was enough for the reserve championship. Hannah Baur on Trustful placed third overall.

Catherine got the ride on Avesto Van Weltevreden when she moved from Arizona to Murietta, California and stabled at the same facility..Since being paired up in February, they have worked with David Wightman to prepare for Young Rider competition.

“Earlier this winter we thought maybe he can do Young Riders,” she said. “We decided to go for it as we had nothing to lose.”

Catherine described him as a “kind of show man” who does better in the show ring than at home.

She almost didn’t make it to this championship as it came about a month after the North American Junior & Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky but the horse was handling the competition and travel schedule well.

“I’m thrilled with my first national title. What better way to go out. This whole Young Rider experience has been an amazing opportunity and journey. To finish out with a highlight like this is special.”

Her goal now is to move her own horse Verdicci up to the Under-25 division. She also gets to keep the ride on Avesto Van Weltevreden. And she has a six-year-old that she wants to develop in pursuit of a career in the horse business.

Catherine has taken some online college courses and would like to get a business degree as a tool for running her own business.

Kerrigan Gluch on Vaquero HGF, reserve USA Young Rider Champion. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kerrigan Gluch on Vaquero HGF, reserve USA Young Rider Champion. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Kerrigan Gluch who is in the fourth year of working at Hampton Green Farms in Fruitport, Michigan and Wellington Florida that owns Vaquero, an eight-year-old PRE stallion, said that some elements such as the tempi changes were the best ever in this championship.

“It surprised me to be doing this level this year,” said the 18-year-old rider.

The Festival of Champions is the annual American championships that this year the Pony, Junior, Young Rider, Developing Prix St. Georges and Under-25 were combined with the U.S. Young Horse Championships. The Grand Prix and Intermediate Championships will be staged in Wellington, Florida in December.

Many of the younger riders said they appreciated competing at the same time as the Young Horse event but most classes conflicted and there were separate VIP alongside the two different competition arenas for the two championships.

Results:

Young Rider Individual 
E: Wysocki – USA C: Yukins – USA M: Rockwell – USA
Rider Nation Horse E . . C . M . Total Pl.
Chamberlain, Catherine USA Avesto Van Weltevreden 70.395 67.632 70.789 69.605 1
Bauer, Hannah USA Trustful 64.737 71.711 68.684 68.377 2
Gluch, Kerrigan USA Vaquero Hgf 70.789 66.974 67.105 68.289 3
Gallman, Cassidy USA Grand Makana 66.974 68.289 67.632 67.632 4
Simons, Lillian USA Willoughby 66.053 64.868 65.395 65.439 5
Singh, Alexandra USA Schaneur Solyst 63.947 60.395 63.026 62.456 6
Hansen, Nicholas USA Ritter Benno SCR.
Pai, Natalie  USA Fritz San Tino ELIM.
FEI Junior Individual
E: Rockwell – USA H: –  C: Wysocki – USA M: Yukins – USA B: – 
Rider Ctzn Horse E . . C . M . Total Pl.
Counterman, Kristin USA Three Times 69.474 68.553 70.395 69.474 1
Ondaatje Rupert, Asia usa Twelfth Night 66.711 67.500 70.395 68.202 2
Frederick, Mickayla usa Wrainier Q 68.026 67.237 68.816 68.026 3
Weniger, Anna Izeffia 68.289 67.632 64.737 66.886 4
Syribeys, Marline USA Hollywood 66.316 65.789 66.184 66.096 5
Hopkins, Allison usa Windsor 66.316 64.079 66.842 65.746 6
Jones, Tillie USA Boegelys Mauricio 66.184 65.132 65.526 65.614 7
Upchurch, Jenna Paddington 63.289 63.684 64.211 63.728 8
Guthrie, Madelyn USA Tannehauser 64.079 62.368 63.816 63.421 9
Szegvari, Emma usa Ringmoylan 64.079 61.842 62.895 62.939 10
Madsen, Elliana USA Robin Hood 62.105 60.395 61.316 61.272 11