Sophia Chavonelle is an 18-year-old rider from Windham, Maine who has been actively involved in dressage since she was 13. Competing in local and regional shows throughout her High School years, Sophia earned her USDF Bronze Medal as well as several Regional Championship and New England Dressage Association Year-End placings aboard coach Tanya Rennie’s DeJure. Her favorite accomplishment, however, was being rewarded the USDF’s 2016 Youth Volunteer of the Year, an annual award recognizing the volunteerism of young riders around the country. (Visit this page to read more about that.) Sophia worked hard to graduate High School early in order to become a full-time working student and focus on training her new horse, W Spotlight, a 2008 Westphalian gelding (Sir Donnerhall). It was with Spotlight that Sophia secured a spot on the Region 8 Junior team for the 2018 North American Youth Championships. Competing at the NAYC allowed Sophia to experience the camaraderie of working with a team and enhanced her desire to one day be a U.S. team rider.