aspiring dressage athlete

Sophia Chavonelle is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist based in San Diego, California. An active member of the dressage community since 2013, Sophia served as a Region 8 PM Delegate, USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee member, and the New England Dressage Association’s Youth Liaison for several years before her move to the west coast.

Sophia grew up riding at Vienna Farm in southern Maine, where she stayed for over a decade. In 2016 she earned the USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year award, an annual recognition of the volunteerism of young riders from around the country. With her horse W Spotlight, Sophia competed at the 2018 North American Youth Championships on the Region 8 Junior team. Sophia also attended the Dressage Foundation’s 2019 Young Rider International Dream Program at the CHIO Aachen. Both of these events greatly enhanced Sophia’s desire to one day be a U.S. Team rider.

After attending the 2020 Dressage4Kids Winter Intensive Training program, Sophia took a dream opportunity to work for Sabine Schut-Kery. While her heart will always be with the east coast, California has proved to be an immeasurably important step for taking Sophia’s professional riding career to the next level.

“Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination.”

Mark Twain