SpectraVET Performance of the Week: Catherine Chamberlain’s ‘Harry Potter’ NAJYRC Freestyle

The 19-year-old followed up on her Individual Gold in the Young Rider division with a second Gold in the Freestyle.

Catherine and her horse, Verdicci, earned a 72.525% for their performance. Chamberlain, from Murrieta, Calif., rides for Region 7, which includes riders from California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

From a USEF press release:

A self-proclaimed nerd, Chamberlain was thrilled to ride to music from the Harry Potter soundtrack. She and Verdicci performed some difficult sequences of movements, including the extended trot on two diagonals and flying changes on a serpentine to the counter lead.

“It was the first time performing this freestyle and it was really fun,” Chamberlain said. “I tried to make it difficult. In past I have had more simple freestyles and I wanted to show off a more difficult freestyle.”

Even though they had a challenging freestyle routine, Chamberlain and Verdicci had a stellar performance.

“It was a thrilling solid ride for me,” she said with a smile. “My horse was able to stick there with me and perform the best he could.”

Watch more footage from NAJYRC 2014, including Catherine and Verdicci’s Gold Medal winning Individual Test, on the USEF Network here.

Update: Reader Tara Cobb Mebane astutely noted that were were actually TWO Harry Potter freestyles at NAJYRC this year. Molly Paris finished 3rd in the Junior division with hers.

Go Riding!


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