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Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo Capture USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship

Photo: Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo.

Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 26, 2018 – Competition at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, the USEF/Markel Young and Developing Horse Championships, and the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals at the Lamplight Equestrian Center concluded on Sunday, crowning champions in each of the day’s five divisions.

Competitors in the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship returned to the ring for the Grand Prix Freestyle to ride for the championship title. Following a strong freestyle performance, it was Charlotte Jorst and her own Kastel’s Nintendo who held onto their lead and took home the overall victory.

“I thought my freestyle went great. I had such a good time; it was the first time I’ve ridden to my new music and it worked out really well. It feels incredible!” – Charlotte Jorst

Dawn White-O’Connor and Bailarino Earn Tricolor in Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Dressage National Championship

To close out Sunday’s competition, Dawn White-O’Connor on Bailarino, owned by Four Winds Farm, earned the top tricolor in the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Dressage National Championship.

“This is my first time here [at the Markel/USEF Developing Horse National Championships] and it’s been amazing. I’m very happy with my horse today. I think it was a good group of people and there was a lot of really fun horses to watch. It was a really great experience; the facility is beautiful as well.” – Dawn White-O’Connor

Craig Stanley and Habanero CWS Earn Markel/USEF Young Horse 6-Year-Old Dressage National Championship

In the Markel/USEF Young Horse 6-Year-Old Dressage National Championship, Craig Stanley and Habanero CWS (Idocus-Caliente DG, OO Seven) maintained their top position in the division to take home the win with an overall score of 8.98.

“It’s very surreal to think that I would even have the chance to have a horse good enough to achieve this. I have a picture of [Habanero CWS] as an embryo and I actually pulled him out of the mare myself so it’s been a long journey. It’s exceeded all of my expectations.” – Craig Stanley

From International Vaulter to National Champion, Miki Yang Earns Top Honors in USEF Children Dressage National Championship

From competing as the youngest member of the U.S. Vaulting Team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy to winning a national dressage title, Miki Yang’s had quite a successful week in the USEF Children Dressage National Championship.

“I feel really proud and grateful for everybody that helped me get here, especially my mom [Akiko Yamazaki] for supporting me. It was so fun to be able to compete with her her; it was like a dream come true.” – Miki Yang

Sophia Schults Wins Gold at USEF Dressage Seat Medal Final 14-18 Championship

Youth riders battled it out in the arena for the title of national champion in the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Final 14-18 Championship. Following the competitive class, it was Sophia Schults of St. Joseph, Michigan riding Samour M who took home the gold medal and was named the new national champion.

“For me, it’s a huge honor to be here. I’m grateful. It’s the second time I’ve been able to do this competition and it turned out super well this year. To help prepare I have taken a lot of lunge lessons. I feel like those have really benefited how I sit and how I’m able to control the horse without just using my hands and my legs.” – Sophia Schults

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Charlotte Jorst and Heather Blitz Blaze to Wins at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Photo: Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo.

Wayne, Ill. – Aug. 23, 2018 – Competition at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions and the USEF/Markel Young and Developing Horse Championships at Lamplight Equestrian Center continued on Thursday with winners named in each of the day’s seven divisions.

Competition for the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions continued on Thursday afternoon, seeing Grand Prix and Intermediate I combinations compete for top scores. Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo claimed first place in the Grand Prix for the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship with a score of 70.217 percent. In the Intermediate I for the USEF Intermediaire I Dressage National Championship, Heather Blitz and Praestemarkens Quatero rode away with the win on a score of 72.853 percent.

“Nintendo has just had three months off so he is very fresh and he was really excited to be back in the ring. I think my piaffe and passage were really balanced and nice. Because he was a little fresher than usual, I had some mistakes but overall, he was on fire. We had a lot of fun and it was a great day.” –Charlotte Jorst

Codi Harrison and Ellanor Boehning Claim Blue Ribbons on Second Day of 2018 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

The USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship, presented by Dressage Today, had riders return to compete in their second class, the Grand Prix 16-25 Test. After a morning of tough competition, Codi Harrison and her own Katholt’s Bossco maintained their lead from Wednesday to walk away with the top score of 72.744 percent. In the Pony Rider Team Test for the USEF Pony Rider Dressage National Championship, Ellanor Boehning and Kabam took first place with a score of 71.524 percent.

“I was so proud of him today and yesterday. I’m really happy with the overall feeling. He’s such a good boy. I hope he can continue this for Saturday. Today, the last piaffe took a little bit to get into it, but it was such a good feeling once I had it on the centerline.” –Codi Harrison

Emily Miles, Alice Tarjan, and Endel Ots Lead after Opening Day of Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships

Competition for the Markel/USEF Young & Developing Horse Dressage National Championships began in the Dunham Ring with Emily Miles, Alice Tarjan, and Endel Ots topping the leaderboard in their respective young horse classes.

In the USEF 4-Year-Old Test, it was Miles riding Sole Mio, owned by Leslie Waterman, who impressed the judges to secure the victory with a total score of 8.42. Tarjan and Fairouz took the lead in the USEF 5-Year-Old Preliminary Test with a total score of 8.78, while Ots on Max Ots’ Lucky Strike won the Prix St. Georges for the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage National Championship with a 72.794 percent.

“I was super happy with him today. The trot work is usually his highlight and it definitely was today too. I think the judges liked how supple and fluid he can be. It’s super because he had enough energy going around but he was relaxed and focused on me so I was really proud of him.” – Emily Miles

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US Dressage Team Wins Bronze in FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* Hickstead

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US Finishes Second in FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series

Hickstead, England – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team clinched the bronze medal after having solid performances at the FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* Hickstead. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover guided the U.S. team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Susan Dutta, Chase Hickok, and Charlotte Jorst to deliver quality tests throughout the three days of competition. The U.S. team earned bronze with a score of 421.920, finishing behind gold medal-winning France with a score of 424.811 and silver medal-winning the Netherlands with a score of 424.053. In addition, the FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series came to a close at Hickstead, with the U.S. finishing second behind Sweden and ahead of Denmark.

“I was very proud once again of our U.S. Nations Cup athletes here in Hickstead. Under extremely difficult weather conditions, our riders rode with class and did their very best,” said Dover. “Our goal this year was not to simply do well, which we did by winning in Rotterdam and placing second in Aachen, along with other results in the series, but to show off both our fabulous veterans as well as fresh, new human and equine faces. We are all very proud of our second-place finish in the series, the only nation to have supported every competition in it!”

The competition began on Friday with all team members performing the CDIO3* Grand Prix Test. Hickok (Wellington, Fla.) and Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s Sagacious HF were the top U.S. finishers in second place with a score of 71.640%. Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel Denmark’s Kastel’s Nintendo were not far behind in fourth place with a score of 70.880%. Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Jane Clark’s Alcazar had a nice test to score 69.320% to finish in 15th place, while Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) and Tim Dutta Inc.’s Currency DC received a score of 63.640% to finish in 26th place.

On Saturday, two U.S. combinations competed in the CDIO3* Grand Prix Special with both of their scores counting towards the team score. Hickok and the 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding had another stellar performance to finish third with a score of 70.843%. Bateson-Chandler and the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding delivered a great test to finish eighth with a score of 69.412%.

The Nations Cup came to its conclusion on Sunday with the CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle. The remaining two U.S. combinations competed, and the best score counted for the team score. Jorst and the 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion put forth a good effort to score 69.825% to finish seventh. Dutta and the 2000 Oldenburg gelding performed their first freestyle of the year and received a score of 66.625% to finish in 12th place.

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By Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department

US Dressage Team Set for Start of FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* Hickstead

Susan Dutta and Currency DC (SusanJStickle.com)

Hickstead, England – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team takes aim at the FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO3* Hickstead from July 27-30. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover will guide the U.S. team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Susan Dutta, Chase Hickok, and Charlotte Jorst. Riding against three other teams, the U.S. combinations will compete in the following order:

Susan Dutta and Currency DC:  Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) and Tim Dutta Inc.’s Currency DC are solid international competitors, having spent numerous summers competing in Europe. In 2016, they finished third in the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI3* Deauville and fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI4* Cappeln. Dutta and the 2000 Oldenburg gelding had top-ten finishes at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in March.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar: Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) with Jane Clark’s Alcazar began 2017 with top-four finishes during the winter circuit at the AGDF. Bateson-Chandler and the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding began their summer in Europe by representing the U.S. in the FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO4* Uggerhalne. The pair will strive for a solid performance in their second Nations Cup appearance of the year.

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo: Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel Denmark’s Kastel’s Nintendo had a very successful start to 2017 with several top-three finishes in the spring. Jorst and the 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion earned top-ten finishes at Rotterdam and Falsterbo. They joined Hickok and Sagacious HF on the Falsterbo team and intend to have a great performance at Hickstead.

Chase Hickok and Sagacious HF: Hickok (Wellington, Fla.) and Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s Sagacious HF will compete in their second Nations Cup after having a strong showing at CDIO5* Falsterbo a few weeks ago. They finished second in the Grand Prix Freestyle and fourth in the Grand Prix at Falsterbo. Hickok and the 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding hope to continue their momentum as they head into Hickstead.

Find out more about FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* Hickstead and watch it live on EquestrianPRO.tv beginning Friday at 7:15 a.m. EST.

By Kathleen Landwehr, US Equestrian Communications Department

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo Victorious to Open Fifth Week of AGDF

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – February 8, 2017 – Week five kicked off at the 2017 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) with a win for Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty.

Clinching a victory in the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, was Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco) owned by Kastel Denmark, with a score of 71.300%.

Commenting on her ride, Jorst said, “Nintendo just felt so good today. Even in the warm-up he felt so together, and so ready to go. I think that having had a little bit of a break (last weekend) was really nice for him. He was just ready, and I thought we had a really nice test.”

“I don’t actually know what I’m going to do yet,” said Jorst of her freestyle test that she and Kastel’s Nintendo will perform on Friday. “I have new music that I was going to ride through, but I just got it this morning. I’m torn as to whether or not I should do that. It has a little bit of a higher degree of difficulty and a much more fun floor plan for me. I don’t know if I will do that, or stick with my old music. It’s completely up in the air!”

Placing second was Susan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Dancier x Descana x Don Davidoff) owned by Harmony Sporthorses, with a 70.880%. Third place was awarded to Dawn White-O’Connor (USA), and Legolas 92, a 2002 Westfalen gelding (Laomedon x Furstin x Florenstan II) owned by Four Winds Farm, with a score of 70.560%.

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Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo Take the Top Spot at AGDF

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.

Wellington, FL – January 28, 2017 – Victory was awarded to Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastel’s Nintendo on Saturday in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF).

Clinching the win in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W, presented by Yeguada de Ymas, was Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo, a 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion (Negro x Rodieni R x Monaco) owned by Kastel Denmark, with a score of 72.941%.

“I don’t think I ever realized that it was this difficult. It’s been such a journey for me for so many years,” said Jorst of her decision to compete at the international level. “I was working and working, and I knew that I needed to do something. I turned 48 and I sold my company, and I set out to do this crazy thing. It is totally my passion.”

Commenting on Nintendo, Jorst said, “My favorite thing about him is his spirit. He just goes and goes. All of those years when I made mistakes, and I didn’t really know what I was doing, he just kept on going and kept trying to figure out what I was trying to ask of him. He still does that all of the time, and he is such a pal in the ring for me.”

Placing second was Suzan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 2007 Hanoverian stallion (Dancier x Descana x Don Davidoff) owned by Harmony Sporthorses, with a score of 71.980%. Third place was awarded to Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Quantico Ymas, a 2006 Hanoverian gelding (Fighting Fit x Hauptstutbuch) owned by Juan F Matute, with a score of 70.588%.

Earlier in the day Patricia Koschel (GER) and Leuchtfeuer DE, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding (Londonderry x Duene x De Niro) owned by Koschel, captured a win in the FEI Intermediate A for Amateur – CDI AM, sponsored by Horseware Ireland, with a score of 65.056%. The FEI Intermediate II for Amateur – CDI AM was won by Gabriela Stumpf (AUT) and Finally Love, a 2006 Oldenburg gelding (Farewell III x Winzerin x Harvard) owned by Stumpf, with a score of 67.842%. Gabriela Stumpf (AUT) and Stereo Love, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Sandro Hit x Lanzarote x Londonderry) owned by Stumpf, saw their second victory of the day in the FEI Prix St. Georges for Amateur – CDI AM, sponsored by Rowan O’Riley and Mane Stream, with a score of 68.105%. The win in the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 – CDI U25, sponsored by Diamante Farms, was awarded to Juan Matute Guimon (ESP) and Dhannie Ymas, a 2007 Hanoverian gelding (Don Crusador x Welina) owned by Yeguada de Ymas S.L., with a score of 66.558%.

For more information and to see a full list of results, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Seidel and Jorst Close Out 2016 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo (Claes Jakobsson)

Gothenburg, Sweden –  The 2016 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final came to a conclusion Sunday afternoon at the Scandinavium Arena, as 18 combinations performed their Grand Prix Freestyles in front of the Ground Jury of Gustav Svalling, Susanne Baarup, Evi Eisenhardt, Anne Gribbons, Susan Hoevenaars, Irina Maknami, and Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkle. Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo led the way for the American duo, placing 12th. Guenter Seidel and Zero Gravity faced challenges with the atmosphere, placing 18th.

Following Friday’s Grand Prix performance that earned them a score of 71.114%, Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Kastel Denmark’s 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion, Kastel’s Nintendo, entered the ring this afternoon as the fifth combination in the order. The pair performed their Freestyle featuring the songs ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman and ‘Fight Song’ by Rachel Platten. In its debut Final, the pair finished the feature class in 12th place on a score of 73.232%.

“It was so fun. I was very happy with that [test] being my first time in an arena like that. He is such a great horse and I am so happy with him,” said an exuberant Jorst.

Jorst, who has only been riding at the top levels of the sport since 2012, rode her first Grand Prix Freestyle in FEI level competition just two years ago. Relating the highlights of today’s test, Jorst said, “I was really happy with how confident I feel about my changes. They have been something I have been challenged with in the past. For someone who has never done a single one until two years ago, it was a big learning curve and something I really had to work on. Now they are just there and it makes me so happy.”

Entering the arena first for the U.S. was Seidel (Cardiff, Calif.) and James and Charlotte Mashburn’s 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding, Zero Gravity. In Friday’s Grand Prix, Zero Gravity was a bit overwhelmed with his first trip into an electric indoor arena and scored a 69.800%. Unfortunately, the gelding was not able to overcome his nerves after a polite clap from the audience at his entrance and performed a tense test to score a 67.464%.

Guenter Seidel and Zero Gravity (Claes Jakobsson)
Guenter Seidel and Zero Gravity (Claes Jakobsson)

“After the clapping he just felt so explosive, but considering that, he actually pulled together a lot of the movements okay,” said Seidel.

Even through the moments of tension, the pair was able to beautifully execute the tempi-changes. The gelding has only been competing at the FEI level since 2015 and gained valuable experience this week in his first FEI World Cup Final™.

The day belonged to Hans Peter Minderhoud of The Netherlands, who earned a score of 82.357% with Glock’s Flirt to claim the 2016 Champion title. Finishing in second place were Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén of Sweden and Don Auriello on a score of 81.429%. Third place went to Jessica von Bredow-Werndl of Germany with Unee BB, scoring 80.464%.

Complete Grand Prix Freestyle Results

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Charlotte Jorst Fulfills Life-Long Dream aboard Kastels Adventure with First CDI Win at AGDF

Charlotte Jorst and Kastels Adventure. Photos copyright SusanJStickle.com.

Florida International Dressage Youth Championships Begin This Week

Wellington, FL – March 11, 2015 – Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Kastels Adventure achieved something most Adult Amateurs only dream of, when the duo placed first in the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival’s (AGDF) Week 10 FEI Prix St. Georges CDI-W 1* class presented by Mike and Roz Collins, a class that boasted more than 40 entries. Jorst and Kastels Adventure won the class on a 71.842%, followed by Shelly Francis (USA) and Rubinio with a 71.605% and Tina Irwin (CAN) aboard Fancy That in third receiving a 70.553%. Competition at AGDF continues tomorrow with a very large FEI Grand Prix CDI-W 3* class presented by Today’s Equestrian and Diane and George Fellows beginning at 2:45 pm.

Jorst and “Adventure” have been paired for three years now, as Jorst found the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding on a small farm in The Netherlands and decided to add him to her growing string of horses. “Adventure” has steadily improved under Jorst this season and has been incredibly consistent in the Small Tour classes. “Over the weeks, he’s just gotten better and better and he has gained so much confidence and he’s been so fun to ride,” she smiled. “I put my hands down and let him do his job and he’s doing it. He just dances now and every movement seems effortless.”

Strength has been a major component in the pair’s success so far this season, as “Adventure” was coming off of a lengthy rest period due to injury. “When we got here, we focused on getting his strength and confidence back in the ring and now I think he has it. He knows he’s a super star. You want their eyes to light up when you go in the ring, and that’s how he is now,” she commented.

Confidence has not only played a factor in the success of “Adventure” in the ring, but has positively influenced Jorst’s riding. “The repetition of it all has really helped me, and doing something every week has been so valuable,” she smiled. “This has been amazing, and it is truly indescribable to me. I’ve worked for something like this my entire life and then it happens, and it is so special. I feel so much more confident, and you can tell in the way that I am riding.”

Jorst, who has always dreamed big, consistently works towards being competitive in CDI classes as an Adult Amateur and continues to set goals for her impressive group of horses. As for the future, remaining competitive at the highest levels is the ultimate goal. “I would love to do the Pan-American Games with him if he continues to do better and better like he did today, then that is something that I think is within reach,” said Jorst. “Otherwise I will take him and some of the other horses to Europe to compete them there in the summer. I’ve never done that either and it is something I would love to do.”

The 2015 Florida International Dressage Youth Championships will begin this week at AGDF, highlighting some of the best rising talent in the world, giving them a unique competition experience against their peers. The event, sponsored by Hampton Green Farm, Pana Cavallo, and Dressage4Kids, has welcomed competitors from around the country and the globe to compete in FEI Pony, Junior, Young Rider, and U-25 classes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with the awards presentations on Sunday morning.

“In the three years we’ve been running this show, it has gotten bigger and bigger,” said Lendon Gray, President of Dressage4Kids. “This was a group effort, and we are so thankful to have Kim Boyer of Hampton Green Farm and the Davis family of Pana Cavallo behind it with us.”

Four of the riders in this year’s Championships spoke at a press conference and rider informational meeting about their experiences competing and what they look forward to this week.

Nicolette von Leuwen, trainer of the two Dutch riders competing in the championships this week, Rosalie Bos and Dana van Lierop, said that opportunities like these continue to help grow the sport and the quality of riders pursuing the upper levels. “The show here is amazing. It’s a dream come true for these riders to have this experience in the U.S., and this competition is so well organized. It has been great for the girls to meet new riders, and it’s great to see how open everyone is here to learning.”

Vivian Niemann (GER) plans to take advantage of the opportunity to compete against the best in the U.S., but also enjoy her time in Wellington. “It’s amazing to ride here because there are so many different shows and riders, but I can say that we never have weather like this,” she smiled. “These rings are beautiful, and it’s really important to have fun while you’re competing because that is what is beautiful about the sport.”

In a unique situation, Asia Ondaatje-Rupert (USA) will ride in the Pony division for the third year in a row, but will also be competing in the Junior division with a new horse. “I got my Junior horse last winter, and I’ve always had a little bit of difficulty with my pony because he is very tough to ride,” said Ondaatje-Rupert. “Competing in the Pony classes has really helped me prepare for moving up to Juniors. I’ve become a better rider for doing the Pony classes, and I found that it was easier riding my horse because I was able to handle situations more quickly from my experience with my pony.”

Ashley Conroy Zugel (USA) switched from the jumper ring to the dressage arena and has pursued the sport ever since. Competing last year on her jumper-turned-dressage horse, Conroy Zugel feels confident for the 2015 competition, competing as a Junior. “The first time I competed here it was on my jumper horse who I trained into a dressage horse, and now I’m riding an actual dressage horse. I have a better understanding of the test, and my goal is to be accurate and keep him in front of my leg,” she explained. “I think this is a great experience for all of the riders and most shows you don’t have the chance to have all four divisions together at one time.”

Reigning Overall Champion from 2014, Tanya Strasser-Shostak (CAN), will be competing two horses this week, with her Young Rider horse and her more experienced U-25 mount. Strasser-Shostak, who is aiming at the Adequan FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, KY this July, will be using this week as preparation for making a run at NAJYRC. “You won’t get an atmosphere like this anywhere else, and it’s really important to take advantage of an opportunity like this. I also think that having the European riders here really helps you to ride better and gives you something to work towards,” she commented.

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Charlotte Jorst Qualifies Nintendo and Vitalis for US Dressage Festival of Champions

Nintendo competing at Paragon Dressage CDI3*. Photos/Kathleen Bryan, www.yourhorses.ifp3.com.

Nintendo to Compete in WEG Selection Trials

(Rancho Santa Fe, CA) June 6, 2014 – Charlotte Jorst is well on her way to making her dreams come true as she heads to Gladstone with two incredible stallions, Nintendo and Vitalis.

With Nintendo, the eleven-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion owned by her Kastel Denmark activewear company, she will compete in the 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp/Selection Trials for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games US Dressage Team Short List.

With Vitalis, Kastel Denmark’s seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion, she will ride for the 2014 Tim Dutta National Intermediaire I Championship.

Only two weeks ago, her dream to qualify for Gladstone seemed headed for heartbreak. “All these things kept happening to prevent us competing in the final qualifying competitions we originally planned,” Charlotte remembers. “That’s life with horses; things always happen! But you know, sometimes you can’t change the things that happen – the only thing you can change is your attitude.”

So Charlotte and her coach, Olympian Guenter Seidel, changed course for Estes Park, Colorado, and the Paragon Dressage CDI3*, where Charlotte earned the final qualifying scores on both Nintendo and Vitalis. Coincidentally, both horses earned ninth-place rankings heading into their respective competitions: Nintendo with a 69.532% average and a 70.650% high score, and Vitalis with a 69.755% average and a 71.228% high score.

Building Partnerships

Charlotte and Nintendo have been competing together only since early this year. Before Charlotte imported him from Europe at the end of 2013, Nintendo had been only lightly competed at Grand Prix. Charlotte began building their partnership even as they earned qualifying scores during an intense two months at the CDI-W Capistrano Classic and CDI3* Festival of the Horse in California and the CDI3* Paragon Dressage in Colorado, during which their individual scores climbed from 62.689% to a high of 70.650%.

Vitalis competing at Paragon Dressage CDI3*
Vitalis competing at Paragon Dressage CDI3*

Vitalis is another horse with whom Charlotte quickly built a strong competitive record. After she imported him in 2013, they posted the highest ever USA qualifying score average of 9.192 at the Markel/USEF Western Selection Trials; placed 13th for the USA at the FEI Breeding Championship for Young Horses, 6-year-olds, at Verden, Germany; and won the 2013 Markel/USEF Developing Horse National Championship presented by HorseShow.com with a final score of 9.152 including two perfect 10s.

Advice and Support

Advice from Robert Dover, US Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, during a clinic in February of this year set Charlotte on a new course. “He told me I needed to train with Guenter Seidel,” recalls Charlotte. “So I moved my horses into Guenter’s barn and we’ve been working consistently ever since.”

“Charlotte is very determined,” Guenter reveals, “and she has a very good attitude. That’s the main thing you have to have, because with horses there are so many things that happen, issues that you have to overcome. She has very, very good horses, and she puts in the daily work, consistently. You have to put in the daily work; without it, you can’t succeed. And Charlotte has good nerves – she can concentrate and make things work. She has as good a chance as anyone on the list to go to Europe and compete for a spot on the team.”

Support from her family is every bit as valuable to Charlotte, as she balances her commitments to her horses’ training and their intense competition schedule with the growing success of her cool and stylish activewear business, Kastel Denmark. Charlotte’s husband of 25 years, Henrik, and daughters Christine and Camilla, are the heart of her success. She says simply, “I couldn’t pursue my dreams for my horses and my business without them. I am grateful beyond words for their incredible love and support.”

Follow Charlotte on Facebook where she posts photos and news, and see new photos of her latest cool and stylish activewear at www.kasteldenmark.com. Watch the USEF Network at www.USEFNetwork.com for results of the 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp/Selection Trials for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games US Dressage Team Short List and the 2014 Tim Dutta National Intermediaire I Championship.

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What a Difference a Week Makes for Charlotte Jorst, Nintendo and Vitalis

Nintendo in passage. Photos by Terri Miller.

(Rancho Santa Fe, CA) April 4, 2014 – In the week between the Capistrano Dressage Classic and the Festival of the Horse, held in San Juan Capistrano, Charlotte Jorst’s Nintendo and Vitalis showed the difference a week can make.

“I was really happy with them,” Charlotte reported. “They both showed great progress from one show to the next.” She has been working with a new coach, Olympian Guenter Seidel, and training with a focus on qualifying for the 2014 US Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp/Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games US Dressage Team Short List in June at Gladstone.

Their progress is no accident. Charlotte said the turning point was the USEF clinic with Robert Dover, the US Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, held the week before Mid-Winter Dressage at Burbank in February.

“Robert can pinpoint exactly what you need. He says it like it is, and he said that I needed to train with Guenter Seidel. So I went directly from the clinic to the Burbank show to Guenter’s. I never went back home to Reno.”

For Charlotte it was the only choice. “I have these wonderful horses, and my goal is to qualify for Gladstone,” she said. “It’s not for the faint of heart, living alone away from home and family, but I have this goal and I have to move forward, there’s really no other option.”

Nintendo, who Charlotte imported from Denmark at the end of 2013, had been competed only lightly at Grand Prix before she purchased him. “I’ve only been riding Nintendo since I returned from my family vacation in late January, so everything’s new with him. He’s a phenomenal horse for the Grand Prix and he just gets better and better. We’re still trying to get in sync, and Guenter has helped us change a few things, and the results are starting to show up. At the show last weekend, when I took Nintendo out of his stall for his first class, it was like he was a changed horse – all of a sudden, we were in sync. It was a great feeling.”

Vitalis in pirouette
Vitalis in pirouette

Vitalis, who with Charlotte represented the US in the 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage in the 6-Year-Old division, also won the 2013 Markel/USEF National Developing Horse 6 Year Old Championship. “Last year Vitalis was doing the baby 6-year-old tests, and last week he did his first CDI3* Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I. That’s amazing for a 7-year-old. He is just getting better as he grows up.”

Next, Charlotte is looking forward to another USEF clinic with Robert Dover and then to the Del Mar International. “After another three weeks of working with Guenter, and the clinic with Robert, I can’t wait to see what Nintendo and Vitalis can do at Del Mar. Guenter and Robert are so great to work with. It’s hard work, but that’s how you make great progress.”

When she’s not working with her horses, Charlotte is working on her Kastel Denmark apparel, which can be seen on riders and sponsor signage at the shows, as well as online at www.kasteldenmark.com.

“I couldn’t do this without the incredible support of my family and friends, and my new coach,” Charlotte said. “I am so lucky to be able to pursue my dreams for my horses and my business. I count my blessings every day.”

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