Read about Cherie on Eventing Nation's "Eventing Profile of the Week from Tipperary" November 2011
Read about Cherie & Katchi on Off-Track Thoroughbreds.com "A day in Kabul leads to racehorse, joyous life" November 2011 and the follow-up article in January 2013, "Chauvin targets 3rd level; patience rewarded."
Cherie Chauvin has been an avid equestrian and successful competitor for over 25 years. Her experience crosses multiple breeds and disciplines - having grown up on a competitive and breeding miniature horse farm and later finding her passion in Eventing. Much of Cherie's knowledge is grounded in the teachings of the U.S. Pony Club, as she spent over 10 years working through the B-level and represented the Red River Region in several National Championships. Simultaneously, Cherie trained and competed her miniature horses to numerous National Championships, National Hi-points, and Area Hi-points in conformation, showmanship, obstacle, and driving classes. Introduced to eventing through Pony Club rallies, Cherie eventually turned her full competitive ambitions toward Eventing (with her second passion being Dressage). Under the careful guidance and mentorship of United States Equestrian Team member, Mike Huber, Cherie successfully trained and competed 2 horses from Novice through the Preliminary level before her 17th birthday, and finished in 8th place at the 1994 USCTA Jr. Young Rider Championships CCN* (long format). During a competitive hiatus through undergraduate and graduate studies, Cherie continued to expand her experience by riding anything available, teaching privately and at riding stables, lending a hand to anyone in need in a 10-minute box, and as a short-term working student during vacations while studing abroad in England. In 2006, Cherie became a horse owner again - purchasing an off-the-track thoroughbred, Katchi Kapshi, who she has trained and competed through Preliminary level horse trials and Second Level dressage . She has also completed the USEA course designer training and is certified to design courses at USEA events (Beginner Novice through Training). In addition to her equestrian endeavors, Cherie is a Senior Program Officer and Study Director with the Naval Studies Board of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Cherie currently trains with Susan Graham-White and Jennie Brannigan. Additionally, she has worked such great horsemen as Phillip Dutton, Jim Wofford, Mike Huber, Lucinda Green, Captain Mark Phillips, Mary Wanless, Linda Zang, Eric Smiley, Ryan Wood, Sharon White, Silva and Boyd Martin, and Jeannette Breakwell.