Sophia Chavonelle

aspiring dressage athlete

Schleese Saddlery Services
has supported Sophia since 2019, but she has been riding in Schleese saddles her entire riding career. Upgrading to the ‘Let’s Dance’ was game-changing for Spotlight, as it really allowed for comfort through the back and freedom in the shoulders. After losing Spotlight, Sophia was able to have Schleese representatives adjust her saddle to fit Jetson perfectly. It was remarkable how sore Jetson became in the single week leading up to his Schleese fitting, but what was even more remarkable was the incredible difference he felt after the fitting! Since then, Jetson’s back hasn’t been sore for even one day. Schleese saddles results speak for themselves!

Horse by Horse
stepped in to help Sophia find the perfect bits for Jetson at the beginning of their partnership. Stephanie Brown-Beamer is an incredibly gifted bit fitter and has a passion for finding the most comfortable equipment for each and every horse. With a huge tongue and a low palate, Jetson is a bit of a tricky case when it comes to bits. Luckily Stephanie was more than up to the challenge of finding the bits that Jetson liked best! Horse by Horse also carries a drool-worthy selection of saddle pads, breeches, and much more!

As an aspiring rider in the sport of dressage, Sophia is always on the lookout for supportive companies and dedicated individuals to help her reach her goals.

Why Support Sophia?

USDF Bronze (with Distinction) & Silver Medalist
USDF Rider Performance Awards
Working Student for Tanya Rennie at Vienna Farm 2011-present
Working Student for Ashley Madison at Yellow Wood Dressage 2018-2019
2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Region 8 Championship placements
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 New England Dressage Highpoint awards
2016 North American Oldenburg Society Reserve Highpoint Champion
2016 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year
2016 & 2018 Featured Member in the award-winning Tip of the Hat
Frequent writer for Dressage Today/Practical Horseman since 2017
2017 D4K Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Clinic 
2017 & 2019 USDF Youth Convention Scholarship Recipient
2017 First Alternate for the Region 8 NAJYRC Junior Team
2017 & 2018 Rider in the USDF Region 8 Jr/YR Clinic Series
2018-present USDF Youth Programs Advisory Subcommittee member
2018-present USDF Region 8 Elected Participating Members’ Delegate
2018 North American Youth Championship
2019 TDF Young Rider International Dream Program
2020 D4K Summer Intensive Training Program
2021 D4K Winter Intensive Training Program
Assistant to Sabine Schut-Kery since March 2021

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