Caitlin Beadles, age 13, and Vanity Fair
Atlanta Classic, Olympic Horse Park
An Atlanta, Georgia native and avid equestrian since elementary school, Caitlin first began competing with much success on the local Atlanta-area circuit. She transitioned impressively to the A-circuit under former trainer, now amatuer, Susie Fried in 2008, placing well in the highly competitive field of Children's Hunters. Although her riding career has been set aside due to serious injuries Caitlin suffered in an accident in 2009, she spends as much time with her two horses as possible. Whether she will be able to compete again remains to be seen, but Caitlin is an upbeat, funny, inspirational young woman known to millions around the world, even despite her hardships.
Caitlin did not intend to become famous. As always, she was merely being herself, a highly spiritual and caring girl, when her sincerity, beauty and vibrancy caught the attention and affection of a young man who was destined for "un-Beliebable" fame, Justin Bieber. When Justin asked Catilin to be his girlfriend, curiosity about her exploded on the Internet around the world. Caitlin has a Twitter following of over 900,000 internationally and her Youtube page has over 13 million views. One only need search her name to see how many Facebook fan pages and fake profiles appear for Catilin Victoria Beadles.
Although time has brought different things into their lives, Caitlin, Justin and their families remain close friends to this day. Those who know Caitlin know that she is far more than just Justin Bieber's first love. She is an extraordinary girl who is secure in who she is and in her faith, morals and sincerity. Her talents as a rider are God-given, so we at Judge My Ride and Style My Ride are proud to know her and have her as an ambassador. Caitlin represents all the talented riders out there whose paths to their equestrian dreams are far more difficult than many of their peers. Her journey to ride again is one which takes time and patience, and we are praying and rooting for Caitlin every step of the way.