The United States Young Riders competing at CDIOY Hagen, Germany completed solid tests on their final day with both riders placing in the top ten. Ayden Uhlir and her own Sjapoer competed in the CDIOY Individual Final Freestyle, earning a score of 70.250% and a tie for seventh place amidst stiff competition from some of the best young dressage riders in Europe. Catherine Chamberlain and Kimberly Pribble’s Avesto Van Weltevreden performed well in the Small Final Freestyle, scoring a 66.042% and sixth place.
Both of these promising young athletes are the benefactors of the USEF Dressage Young Rider European Tour, enabling them to gain invaluable knowledge and experience through competition abroad. Under the tutelage of their personal coaches and USEF Youth Coach George Williams, Uhlir and Chamberlain performed consistently solid tests against their European peers.
“The competition here at Hagen was very competitor friendly and a great overall experience for our young athletes,” said Williams. “With ten very competitive teams taking part, it was great exposure to European competition. I was really happy with both girls, they each had top 10 placings, which was our goal. Ayden and Catherine were first and foremost, excellent representatives for the U.S. I am extremely proud of their results, they continued to improve and feel more comfortable in the arena.”
The USEF Youth Dressage Program is part of the overall pipeline of the USEF Dressage program, aiming to give valuable international competition exposure to up-and-coming youth athletes.