A Chandler teen is among three Arizona riders chosen for the 2011 United States Dressage Federation Region 5 team now competing in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Ky. The format is similar to the Olympics, with teams of riders invited from the United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean Islands, and Bermuda to compete in dressage, eventing, show jumping, endurance and reining.
Chandler's Catherine Chamberlain, 16, joins Taylor Lindsten, 18, of Cave Creek, and Brandi Roenick, 16, of Scottsdale, on the U.S. team.
According to a news release, dressage is the highest level of training a horse can achieve and is often referred to as equine ballet because of its beauty and elegance. Selection to the U.S. team make the three Arizona riders part of an elite group of young dressage equestrians ranked as the nation's best.
Chamberlain has been riding and competing in dressage for seven years, and has had her current horse, Verdicci, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, for four years. Together they competed in the junior division at both the 2009 and 2010 North American championships, winning the Junior Individual and Junior Freestyle Silver medals. They were also crowned the Junior Reserve National Champions at Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Festival of Champions.
Chamberlain attends the online school Arizona Connections Academy to allow her more flexbility to train and compete.