VREA's 3rd rider select
A California native, Charlotte Babbitt knew from a young age that horses would be a central part of her life. At the age of only 14 she moved from her hometown of South Lake Tahoe down to Petaluma so that she could ride and train at Chocolate Horse Farm with Andrea Pfeiffer.
After dedicating herself to learning as much as she could about the sport, in 2017 she found her first "big time" horse in the KWPN gelding 2 A.M., known in the barn as Abe. The pair were an instant match, and Charlotte began developing the young horse up the levels; finding success in the Young Event Horse Championships in 2017 and then winning the CCI2*-S at Woodside and the CCI2*-L at Galway in 2018. In 2019, Charlotte and Abe were individual gold medalists at the North American Youth Championships CCI2*-L and also successfully moved up to the CCI3* level. In 2020 they won the Advanced at Copper Meadows before making their CCI4* debut, placing seventh in the CCI4*-S at Twin Rivers.
In 2021 Charlotte was named to the Emerging Athlete Eventing U25 program and moved east to Ocala, FL to train and compete.
Later that spring, Abe had a serious allergic reaction to gentamicin - one that very nearly cost him his life. After a long nine-month battle, Abe finally recovered and went on to compete again up to the Advanced and CCI3*-L level in 2023. Concerned that the demands of upper level eventing might be too much for Abe after his long illness, Charlotte opted to make the best choice for his long-term welfare and pursue other sports. These days Abe spends his time in the dressage world with Charlotte, who is enjoying producing him up the levels in his new discipline.
While living in Ocala, Charlotte started her own business selling horses, which eventually led to a job opportunity with Will Simpson and Clark Montgomery. This is where Charlotte began to branch out into the world of showjumping, and quickly found that she had a passion for jumping the big sticks. Following the 2022 winter circuit, Charlotte went to Germany with Clark and Will to scout horses. On that trip she found Vivianne Blue PS, known in the barn as Annie, an Oldenburg mare that Charlotte clicked with immediately. Now based in Wellington, FL, Charlotte and Annie have been an instant success and are show jumping together at the Grand Prix level. Already proven to be a top-level competitor in multiple sports, the sky is truly the limit for Charlotte!