Wellington, Fla – Feb. 7, 2018 – Katherine Bateson-Chandler paints a stylishly elegant picture when she goes down centerline. The Grand Prix dressage rider and Jane Forbes Clark’s 2005 KWPN gelding Alcazar (Cantango-Polina; Ferro) will halt and salute at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s CDI5*(AGDF) in both the 3* Grand Prix on Thursday, Feb. 8 and the 3* Grand Prix Special on Sunday, Feb. 11, and she’ll be sporting her fashionable Parlanti dressage boots.
“I think they are an elegant boot because they are Italian-made and slimmer-fitting than most dressage boots,” she said. “I have had nothing but compliments on them. The ones I wear on a daily basis are a chocolate, dark brown patent leather with a tiny bit of bling on the top. I’m not a flashy, blingy person in general because I come from a very classical background, but I am slowly being indoctrinated into the shiny, blingy new world of dressage. My black patent show boots don’t have bling because they are beautiful without any accoutrements. I wore them at Olympia and at the Nations Cup in Hickstead.”
Bateson-Chandler competed in December’s London (England) Olympia where she and Alcazar earned a 73.940 percent in the Grand Prix Freestyle. They also claimed a bronze medal for Team USA at the Hickstead (England) FEI CDIO3* Nations Cup with a 69.320 percent in the CDIO3* Grand Prix and a 69.412 percent in the CDIO3* Grand Prix Special.
“Olympia is one of those bucket list shows for a lot of riders and I’m lucky enough to be based in England every summer,” she said. Bateson-Chandler trains with Carl Hester while in the U.K. and with Debbie McDonald when in the U.S. “To get to compete with the right horse at the right time and to have Carl and Debbie helping me is really special. I’ve been to England riding-wise for about 10 years and it feels like a bit of a home-crowd for me. My horse went in and he didn’t bat an eye; he enjoyed it and he played to the crowd.”
Not only did she help Team USA win the bronze medal in Hickstead, she and Alcazar notched a first place Grand Prix Freestyle finish at the 2017 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, and they competed for the United States in the Uggerhalne, Denmark, FEI Nations Cup competition in the summer of 2017. She was a member of the silver medal-winning Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at the 2016 Lambertz Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen, and part of Team USA at the 2016 CDIO3* Odense Nations Cup in Denmark.
She said that Hester will be ring-side along with McDonald to cheer her on during this weekend’s show at the AGDF show grounds. Hester will return the end of the month for another show that is part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival series held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida.
“It’s always fun to have him in town both as my friend and as my trainer,” she said.
Her goal is to qualify for the 2018 World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held in Tryon, North Carolina, in September with Alcazar. “He’s amazing,” she said of the horse she trained to Grand Prix with the help of her trainers. “He’s the light of my life. When people talk about their ‘heart horse,’ he is mine for sure. Being an international competition horse is a challenge; it’s a journey.”
She knows she will have tough competition for the chance to ride for the United States at the 2018 WEG, but she appreciates the path and the camaraderie along the way.
“America is very, very strong right now,” she said. “We’re going to go do our best. That’s the fun thing about competing in Wellington. We are all going through it together. We support each other through the highs and the lows as we cheer each other on and that’s pretty special.”
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