KATHERINE MATHEWS - USAUS FEI YOUNG RIDER, AN CAPALL CO-FOUNDER, 2015 YOUTH NATIONAL CHAMPION, SPORT HORSE SHOW HACK
Kate is an experienced rider and competitor, riding for the first time at age 4. Her first lead line show was that same year, and her first walk/trot class was in 2011 at the age of 7.
She won the US National Championship in Sport Horse Show Hack at the Arabian/Half-Arabian Youth Nationals in 2015 at age 11, and she won many national top tens and many regional championships in Dressage, Training Level, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Sport Horse Show Hack, Hunter Pleasure and Hunt Seat Equitation in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
At the end of 2017, Kate was awarded with CDS Fourth Level Champion for the year on Roosevelt (Teddy), her 17.3h Bay Oldenburg gelding. She and Teddy were ranked as high as 5th on the on the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking-J in the US that year.
She and her new approved Hanovarian black stallion, Soliere (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall), are competing this year in Young Riders, and are currently ranked 3rd in Region 7 and 10th in the US on the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking-Y.
At the 2019 North American Youth Championships in Old Salem Farm in New York, they won 6th in North America for the Young Rider Individual test.
And at the 2019 US Dressage Festival of Champions national championships in Lamplight, Illinois, they won 3rd in the Young Rider Individual Test, and 4th overall in the US for Young Riders. Kate and Soli will be competing for the Young Rider national championship at the Festival of Champions in Lamplight, Illinois in August of 2020.
Kate and her gelding, Roosevelt (Teddy)finished the 2019 season in Juniors 2nd in Region 7 and 5th in the US on the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking-J.They were on the nominated list for the Region 7 Juniors Team for the North American Youth Championships.
Kate was invited to and participated in the Robert Dover Horsemanship Week in January 2020 in Wellington, Florida.
Kate trains with Olympian Guenter Seidel in Rancho Santa Fe.
She is also an avid artist and writer, and maintains a 4.8 GPA in high school. She will be a Junior starting this fall.