Our Team

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Katherine

Mathews

  • FEI Young Rider & USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist

  • 2021 Team Gold Medal, North American Youth Championships, Traverse City, Michigan

  • 2021 Bronze Medal, Team USA - Future Champions CDIO-Y Hagen, Germany

  • 2021 Bronze Medal, Young Rider Freestyle - Future Champions CDIO-Y Small Final, Hagen, Germany

  • 2021 US Dressage Young Rider European Tour

  • 2020-22 US Dressage/Discovery Dressage Emerging Athlete

  • 2020 US Dressage Young Rider Reserve National Champion

  • 2015 AHA Youth National Champion, Sport Horse Show Hack 18 & U

Vice-President, Peridot Equestrian LLC

Kate and her family own Peridot Equestrian Center.

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.

Kate and Teddy competed in 2019 in Juniors, and finished the season 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 and her approved Hanovarian black stallion, Soliere (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall), compete in Young Riders, and won the 2020 Young Rider Reserve National Championship at Lamplight, Chicago. They are currently ranked 3rd in the US and 32nd in the World on the FEI Dressage World Youth Ranking-Y. 

 

In 2019, Soliere and Kate earned a 76% on her Young Rider Freestyle test. They competed at the 2019 North American Youth Championships in Old Salem Farm in New York and ended up 6th in North America for the Young Rider Individual test. They also competed at the 2019 US Dressage Festival of Champions national championships in Lamplight, Illinois, and ended up 3rd in the Young Rider Freestyle and 4th overall in the US for Young Riders.

Kate was invited onto the prestigious pre-Olympic Discover Dressage USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program in 2020. The aim of the Dressage Emerging Athlete Program is to provide strategic guidance and educational opportunities to selected U.S. athletes under the age of 25 with the perceived ability to eventually contribute to the US Elite/Olympic Program and achieve Podium scores within three (3) quadrennials.

Kate and Soliere were selected for the 2021 US Dressage Young Rider European Tour and to Team USA for Future Champions Hagen CDIO-Y. The team won the Bronze medal, which was the first time a US team had reached the podium at a Nations Cup, and Kate and Soliere won a second Bronze in the Young Rider Freestyle in the CDIO-Y Small Final. Kate and Soli also were on the Region 7 North American Youth Championship team that won Team Gold in Young Riders in 2021.

Kate trains with Olympian Guenter Seidel in Rancho Santa Fe.

 

Jessica

Eaves

Mathews

President, Peridot Equestrian LLC

  • USDF Bronze Medal

  • 2015 Region 7 AHA Champion, Dressage, Training Level,   Sport Horse Under Saddle, Sport Horse Show Hack

  • 2016 Region 8 AHA Champion, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Sport Horse In Hand

Jessica wears a lot of hats at Peridot: barn mom, lawyer, HR director, cheerleader, decorator, event planner, graphic designer and branding fanatic, marketing/PR, construction foreman and poop scooper. Some days, she just calls herself a Gladiator who champions this amazing barn family, the horses and our beautiful facility.

Jessica has been passionate about horses since she was 2 years old, and has been riding since her aunt bought her a horse when she was 8 years old and her parents were away on vacation.

She fell in love with Dressage in her 20s, but didn't really get the time to pursue it until her daughter, Kate, decided she loved it too. There are many days that Jessica thanks her lucky stars her daughter didn't prefer a different sport like soccer. It has given Jessica the chance to fully immerse herself into not only her own passion, but her daughter's.

Jessica is also an amateur rider, who dreams of showing at the FEI level and winning a national championship. For now, she is loving every minute of being on a horse farm every day. It is a childhood dream come true.