19 year old Rachel Chowanec made history again with her PRE gelding Embrujado XI. For the second time in two years the pair have received National Championship honors, this time as Reserve National Champions in the Young Rider Division. In 2011, the pair were also Reserve National Champions in the Junior Division. To date, Rachel and Embrujado’s accomplishments are the highest recognitions received in the United States Equestrian Federation for Spanish breed horses in open dressage competition.
Rachel is a long-time Youth USPRE member and was the 2013 Florida Series High Point Grand Champion. She has trained extensively with Lendon Gray, who is Embrujado’s owner, and is a participant in the Emerging Dressage Athlete program started by Gray, Courtney King-Dye and Robert Dover.
Rachel plans to continue to compete “Mouse” (her barn name for Embrujado) at the Small Tour this winter, with future plans to reach the Young Rider Grand Prix together. Given their record, there’s no doubt they’ll reach their goals!
Congratulations, Rachel and Mouse!