Sophia Chavonelle

USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist
2018 North American Youth Championships
Schleese Saddlery Sponsored Rider
Region 8 PM Delegate
USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee member
New England Dressage Association’s Youth Liaison
Dressage4Kids TEAM member since 2015
2017 Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Clinic
USDF Rider Performance Awards (all)
2016 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year
2017 & 2019 USDF Youth Convention Scholarship
2019 TDF Young Rider International Dream program
2020 D4K Summer Intensive Training Program
2021 D4K Winter Intensive Training Program
Current competing FEI Young Rider

Hi, I’m Sophia!

I am a twenty-year-old rider from Windham, Maine. I started riding when I was just 5 at local barns, mostly trail riding and playing games bareback. In 2011, I joined the family at Vienna Farm, which is where I was introduced to the fantastic world of dressage. I competed in local schooling shows until 2014, when I began a lease on my coach Tanya Rennie’s amazing schoolmaster, DeJure. With Jure, I competed from Training Level through Third, earning my USDF Bronze Medal and several Region 8 Championship and NEDA Year-End awards. 

In 2016, I earned the prestigious USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year award for my “dedication to dressage and the ability to be a positive role model for other youth, through exceptional volunteerism.” In the same year, I bought W Spotlight, a 2008 Westfalen gelding (Sir Donnerhall x Floristan), and we immediately began working towards the FEI Junior level. In 2018 we earned a spot on the Region 8 North American Youth Championship team, placing 10th in the Team division (not so well in the Individual, unfortunately). Competing at the NAYC allowed me to experience the camaraderie of working with a team and fueled my desire to one day be a U.S. Team rider.

In 2019 I, along with three other riders, was accepted to experience the Dressage Foundation’s Young Rider International Dream program at the CHIO Aachen. There, we witnessed some of the best riding in the world and got to meet some of the world’s most renowned trainers and industry professionals. It was truly a life-changing experience that I will never forget. 

Spotlight and I are now training and competing at the FEI Young Rider level, with big dreams for 2021.

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