The Horse Show

Cat Chamberlain Shares her Struggle with Depression & Anorexia

Catherine Chamberlain - dressage
Catherine Chamberlain

Despite her amazing success as a dressage rider throughout her teenage years Catherine was battling serious mental health issues that would undermine every aspect of her life

The Horse Show is presented by Chris Stafford

Catherine (Cat) Chamberlain, 22, from Temecula, CA has enjoyed a highly successful start to her professional career as a dressage rider and trainer winning medals throughout Junior and Young Rider ranks.  However, since the age of 12, she has suffered from depression and an eating disorder before eventually seeking help and she is now enjoying life to its fullest.  But her story will resonate with others who have faced similar challenges and she is eager to share how she dealt with the issues that plagued her and undermined her during those formative years.

Catherine has competed at the FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships five times, bringing home two individual gold medals, three team gold medals and three individual silver medals. She is the 2015 U.S. Young Rider National Champion and represented her country at the Hagen CDIO-Y Nations Cup in Germany in 2015. Catherine competed in the Small Tour division in 2016 during her first season as a professional, winning her first CDI I1 and I1 Freestyle. Catherine’s future goals include competing her young mare Sophina in the Under 25 Grand Prix division in 2018 before transitioning to the senior Grand Prix.  

If you would like to contact Catherine about the topics she discussed you can email her in confidence at

Podcast length: 42′ 43″

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To get help with eating disorders visit the website of the National Institute for Mental Health 

and for help with depression visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America


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