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Katherine Bateson-Chandler Continues Successful European Tour in United Kingdom

Photo courtesy of Katherine Bateson-Chandler.

Hartpury, Great Britain (June 20, 2016) – United Kingdom native Katherine Bateson-Chandler returned to her roots this summer to compete with her top mount at some of Europe’s most prestigious dressage shows. Now an American citizen, Bateson-Chandler represented the U.S. on a Nations Cup team earlier this summer at the Odense Horse Festival sponsored by ECCO. Bateson-Chandler will continue going up against the best of the best in international dressage as she continues her European competition schedule.

This summer, Bateson-Chandler has been specifically focusing on the development of her talented Grand Prix partner Alcazar, a ten-year-old KWPN gelding (Cantango x Polin, Ferro) lovingly known as “Lonzie” and owned by Jane F. Clark. The pair has demonstrated impressive teamwork in the international arena and managed to pull off high scores representing the U.S. at Odense. The pair triumphed through some major distracting and daunting obstacles near the show ring, including a soccer game, a plastic bag attached to the speaker, passing trains, and a kids’ bouncing castle. Bateson-Chandler commented, “Lonzie was the anchor for the team, and I felt we were up for that challenge. He had the highest score of the U.S. horses. He felt really great in the challenging arena, and even though we still have work to do with building his confidence, he always keeps improving.”

For Bateson-Chandler, the best part of the Nations Cup competition was being part of her team. “It was an honor to represent the U.S. team and have such fantastic teammates. A huge thank you to Robert Dover (chef d’equipe) for being unendingly supportive and positive.” The pair followed this competition with another solid performance at the Aalborg Dressage Event in Aalborg, Denmark.

Now Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar will continue training in Europe and may compete in a few more competitions in the United Kingdom before returning to the United States. These potential upcoming competitions would take place at the five-day Hartpury Festival of Dressage, which includes CDI3*, CPEDI3*, British Dressage Young Pony Championships, and the Elite Stallions Prix St. Georges Young Horse Championship. Last summer, the pair successfully competed at this same event in the CDIO3* Nations Cup Grand Prix, and took home the highest-placing American spot. Bateson-Chandler is also considering returning to compete at Dressage at Hickstead, where last year they took a top ten placing in the CDIO3* and debuted their Grand Prix Freestyle to an impressive 71.350 percent.

Bateson-Chandler trains with British Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester during her time in Europe, who will also be competing in the Hartpury Festival of Dressage. “Carl’s is very much like home to us,” she said. “I have been training with him since 2007 and he and I have very similar thoughts on training and horsemanship. In addition to a structured training program, he believes in hacking the horses and lots of turnout, which is very important to me. On top of this, Carl is a great friend and incredible person who trains with total empathy for the horse. I could not be more pleased to return to his yard and compete with the best in the world in Europe.”

Bateson-Chandler offers training and coaching services through her business KBC Dressage. Her international Grand Prix experience ensures that her students – both human and equine – have the competitive edge necessary for success in the dressage ring. KBC Dressage offers training services, lessons, clinics, and prospect selection for clients. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit www.kbcdressage.com.

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Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar to Represent Team USA at Nations Cup CDIO3* Odense

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Wellington, Florida (April 22, 2016) – After completing a successful winter season at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida, Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Katherine Bateson-Chandler is headed to her summer home base in England. Paired with Jane F. Clark’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding Alcazar, Bateson-Chandler has consistently stayed in the top rankings during intense international competition, and plans for this summer to be no exception. Most exciting on the 2016 summer agenda is the pair’s next competition, where they will represent The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team at CDIO3* Odense on May 12-16 in Odense, Denmark.

“I am honored and thrilled to represent the USA as a member of the Nations Cup team in Odense,” Bateson-Chandler says. Led by mentor and Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover, Bateson-Chandler joins fellow teammates Susan Dutta, Jennifer Hoffmann, and Beatrice Marienau on the U.S. Dressage Team.

“My favorite thing is to be part of a team – there is nothing else like that feeling of camaraderie. It’s so fun to be able to support your teammates,” Bateson-Chandler adds.

Bateson-Chandler remarks on how the Wellington, Florida competition season was unifying for all dressage riders around the world by creating a sense of support and rapport amongst fellow competitors through the 12-week series. “This season I felt such an amazing sense of community between everybody in Wellington. I felt that much more than ever before, and that’s a very special thing.” She is excited to further this unifying energy during the Nations Cup competition.

While in England, Bateson-Chandler trains with British Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester. She will be preparing for four other competitions across Europe, as well. “Right now I want to keep a steady show and training schedule, without taxing my horse,” she explains.

Last summer, Bateson-Chandler wrapped up a successful European dressage tour with a strong 71.350 percent finish at the Comite Equestre De Saumur CDI 3* in Saumur, France. Before that the pair competed at the Dressage at Hickstead CDIO 3*, where they were the highest-placing American combination.

Bateson-Chandler offers training and coaching services through her business KBC Dressage. Her international Grand Prix experience ensures that her students – both human and equine – have the competitive edge necessary for success in the dressage ring. KBC Dressage offers training services, lessons, clinics, and prospect selection for clients. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
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Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar Conclude Another Successful AGDF Season

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Wellington, Florida (April 8, 2016) – Throughout the 12-week Adequan Global Dressage Festival series in Wellington, Florida, Katherine Bateson-Chandler and her partner Alcazar, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Jane F. Clark, asserted themselves as tough competition in the Grand Prix division. The two have risen to the top ranks on the leader board several times throughout the season with their funky freestyle test set to the tunes of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” and Bateson-Chandler’s favorite, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with “Uptown Funk.” Concluding the final week of the season, the groovy combination boosted Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar to the third place spot with a solid 72.050 percent in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* presented by Harmony Sporthorses.

“This week was also our best Grand Prix yet,” Bateson-Chandler commented about their 70.840 percent Grand Prix test earlier in the week. “This sport is tough and can really knock your confidence where you have such highs and lows. This season I feel such an amazing camaraderie between everybody, more than ever before. That’s a very special thing.”

Exhibiting distinguished improvements in both test execution and confidence in the international arena, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar have risen under the pressures of intense competition and the exciting yet nerve rattling show environment. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar’s Grand Prix Freestyle stole the spotlight during week ten, where they braved the blazing Floridian heat and captured a 72.425 percent for the pair’s first CDI victory of the 2016 season. Further adding to their accolades, the combination earned the highest American placing with a 73.450 percent in the Palm Beach Dressage Derby presented by Everglades Dressage.

“He’s still a green horse, but he keeps stepping up to the plate, and I’m really proud of him. He is becoming more and more comfortable in the ring,” Bateson-Chandler remarked.

As the Floridian temperature rises once again, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar gear up to cross the pond to their home base in England for the summertime. While in England, the pair trains with British Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester. Last summer, Bateson-Chandler wrapped up a successful European dressage tour with a strong 71.350 percent finish at the Comite Equestre De Saumur CDI 3* in Saumur, France. Before that the pair competed at the Dressage at Hickstead CDIO 3*, where they were the highest-placing American combination.

Bateson-Chandler offers training and coaching services through her business KBC Dressage. Her international Grand Prix experience ensures that her students – both human and equine – have the competitive edge necessary for success in the dressage ring. KBC Dressage offers training services, lessons, clinics, and prospect selection for clients. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
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Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar Brave the Heat, Dance to Victory in CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

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Wellington, Florida (March 22, 2016) – Even through the blazing Floridian heat, International Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Katherine Bateson-Chandler perfected her Grand Prix Freestyle test aboard Jane Clark’s Alcazar to a 72.425 percent and the pair’s first CDI victory of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 2016 season. The two rose to the top of the leader board with a funky freestyle test set to the tunes of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music,” and Bateson-Chandler’s favorite, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with “Uptown Funk.” The groovy songs complimented the pair, whose exciting freestyle has been bringing Adequan Global Dressage Festival attendees to their feet each week of the international winter show series.

Bateson-Chandler jumped on the chance to create her season’s freestyle for Alcazar with a myriad of upbeat songs, mixed with the help of Marlene Whitaker. “As soon as I heard ‘Uptown Funk,’ I was like, ‘I’m having that. Before someone else gets it, I’m having that,’” laughed Bateson-Chandler. With primary focus on “Uptown Funk,” Bateson-Chandler and Whitaker designed the entire freestyle around the crowd-pleasing song. “I really love my music because it’s so fun and fits Alcazar well.”

Even with the music on cue, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar still had to face the unrelenting and challenging midafternoon heat. “This horse show is rough because it’s boiling out there,” she commented. “We are all doing the best we can, but at this point, we are cooking. I am glad that Alcazar kept doing his job.”

Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding lovingly known as “Lonzie,” have had a distinguished campaign thus far this season, highlighted by being the top American placing in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W sponsored by Everglades Dressage. The pair has been improving in both test execution and confidence under the intense stresses of international level competition and the exciting, yet nerve rattling, ‘under the lights’ show environments. “He’s still a green horse and is getting used to having more atmosphere, which is why I keep putting him into more ‘under the lights’ situations. He keeps stepping up to the plate, and I’m really proud of him. He is becoming more and more comfortable in the ring,” Bateson-Chandler remarked. Now gearing up for the finale week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival season, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar have their confidence high and ambitions set on performing their very best.

Bateson-Chandler offers training and coaching services through her business KBC Dressage. Her international Grand Prix experience ensures that her students – both human and equine – have the competitive edge necessary for success in the dressage ring. KBC Dressage offers training services, lessons, clinics, and prospect selection for clients. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
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908-391-9096

Graves and Verdades Hit Season High Mark in AGDF 10 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*

Laura Graves and Verdades. Photos: ©SusanJStickle.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar Take Top Honors in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*

Wellington, FL – March 18, 2016 – Laura Graves (USA) and Verdades performed one of their best FEI Grand Prix Freestyle tests so far this season at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), earning a 79.475% to take a commanding win in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm. Competition at AGDF continues tomorrow with the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation, and the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm.

Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet followed Graves to the winner’s circle, finishing in second place in their first FEI Grand Prix Freestyle test together with a score of 75.750%. Juan Matute, Jr. (ESP) and Don Diego Ymas captured a well-deserved third place finish, receiving a 73.225%.

Graves and Verdades entered the Global International Arena at The Stadium with new freestyle choreography and music, but the same consistency and fluidity for which they’re now known. Graves has worked hard to find the right gear for “Diddy” this season, and it seems the pair is right on the mark moving into an important part of this year’s season.

“You know, with as much experience as this horse has now globally, he’s recently become very sensitive to the atmosphere. We do for him what we can in relaxation, but like I was saying after the Grand Prix on Wednesday, his confidence has to come from me,” explained Graves. “I have to give him the cues, and he needs to be certain of what I’m asking him. For tonight, I thought it was a big accomplishment personally, riding through that tension and having him step up to the plate.”

Watch Laura Graves and Verdades win the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle here!

The pair now has a mutual understanding of what the expectations are in the ring, and their partnership has continued to flourish. Graves and her own 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding (Florett AS x Liwilarda) have become one of the most consistent Grand Prix pairs for Team USA over the past two years since their debut at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Caen, France, in 2014.

Both Graves and Perry-Glass have been in consistent training with U.S. dressage legend Debbie McDonald, with both riders referencing their strong relationship with her as a major factor in their performances so far this season.

“Debbie’s gift is that as a trainer, she can feel what you’re feeling as a rider. It takes a weight off of you that you don’t realize exists. She just gives you that feeling that you’re never alone and what you’re feeling is normal. You’re going to train through it and you’re going to, like she said to me tonight, come out on the other side. She just gives you this confidence to ride well,” explained Graves, regarding her time with McDonald.

Perry-Glass exited the ring in tears after completing her first FEI Grand Prix Freestyle aboard Goerklintgaards Dublet, a 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x La Costa), that she has campaigned to the top of the Large Tour leaderboards all season long.

“I came out crying,” she acknowledged. “He’s just so awesome, and I’m so lucky to have him. We’re growing up together and respecting each other more and more. We’re learning from each other, and I couldn’t ask for any more.”

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect with him. Last year in the Intermediaire I Freestyle, he would get really hot and I pretty much had no control. I knew that once the music started, that was the horse I was going to have,” she said. “The consistent training with Debbie [McDonald] and the support from her has really helped his confidence and my confidence. He stayed with me the whole time and there are small places that we can clean up, but this is our first time out there and I’m so proud of him.”

As for their first freestyle beneath the lights, Perry-Glass felt their ride went just as planned and she’s motivated to continue their progress.

“Adrienne Lyle did the choreography. She’s been such a great friend and a great supporter of us. I worked with Tom Hunt, who does Charlotte Dujardin’s music. I’ve been working with him for a while, and we have a good relationship. I wasn’t sure what type of music I wanted for Dublet and I was like ‘Yes, this works!’ There are obviously some things that we will have to tweak and enhance, but I’ll start with a 75%,” she laughed.

The young Juan Matute, Jr. performed a brilliant and nearly mistake-free test about Don Diego Ymas, a 2003 Hanoverian gelding owned by Matute’s father, Juan Matute. In their best freestyle test to date this season, Matute was very pleased with their ride and felt the progress they have made this season has been defining in their career together.

“Little by little we’ve been building the confidence in the Grand Prix together and this is our second season at this level. It was a very exciting start to the season, but I think tonight is really the highlight so far,” commented Matute. “I’m very happy, and I’m very excited.”

“I enjoyed the test a lot. It was pretty much mistake-free, which is a big deal for us right now in our second year at Grand Prix,” continued Matute. “Being dynamic and being able to adapt to every situation is very important. What can I say, I’m sitting here next to these two beautiful riders, and it was just a great night.”

Betsy Juliano of Havensafe Farm, title sponsor for AGDF 10, is a successful businesswoman and horse enthusiast and has played an integral role in the growth of AGDF through the years. Drawing a strong parallel between the expansion of AGDF and the affirmation of a successful business, Juliano spoke to the successes the competition has seen this season and the promising future for the sport.

“I think that growing a business is really about evolution and that is what I see here at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, but also very importantly with all three riders here. I’ve had the privilege of watching them evolve and get better each year,” said Juliano. “That, to me, is my favorite part of being here in the winters, and I think that what Mark Bellissimo and his team have done to provide this opportunity for the riders and people like me to participate has been fantastic, and we appreciate it.”

Judge at C, Hans-Christian Matthiesen (DEN), was impressed with the top three rides and spoke candidly about the importance of AGDF to the global scale of dressage and its success in reaching young riders around the world.

“What we see tonight sitting at the press conference with these three very good young riders – this is what it is all about. This is dressage when it is at its best, in a super atmosphere that you’ve managed to create here at the Global show grounds. It’s so important to the sport,” he explained. “We can’t have enough of that. I’m so proud of you (three riders). You all did so well and have super nice horses. It’s good for the future of the sport when you have young ones coming up and just great combinations. It’s great fun and just a privilege to be here and judge.”

Adequan®, title sponsor of the entire circuit at AGDF, has maintained its position as a crucial partner and supporter of the venue since its inception. Allyn Mann of Adequan® senses a remarkable change in the sport and hopes new owners and riders will be motivated by the incredible performances seen so far this season at AGDF.

Keeping with tradition this season, Adequan® sponsored several owner awards during the evening, recognizing and appreciating the individuals who continue to help grow the sport through their support. Makenzie Rath, owner of Sholitaire ridden by Melissa Fladland, was presented with the AGDF 8 National Show High Score Award, for Sholitaire and Fladland’s score of 79.773%. Kylee Laurie was awarded with the AGDF 9 National High Score Award, for the performance of Harmony’s Duvall and Adrienne Lyle, who scored a 82.500%. Michael Collins, owner of Don Tignanello, ridden by Leida Collins-Strijk, was presented with the Prix St. Georges Owner Award for Collins-Strijk’s score of 72.289%. Laura Graves earned the Owner Award for the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, recognizing her performance aboard Verdades. Graves, who also serves as her own groom, was presented with the Groom’s Initiative Award on behalf of Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC.

“The owners are the foundation of the sport, and we honor them for everything that they do. The investments they make, the patience and love they have, so that three beautiful riders and horses like the ones we have here tonight can show up and do some amazing things,” said Mann. “We’re so blessed to be a part of this whole environment and to see how this how festival has evolved.”

“On a night like tonight where Laura, Kasey, and Juan get to be on the podium, this is the future. But without the owners, none of this can happen. Let us not forget that they are the backbone of everything that happens here and when I think of our business, they’re the ones that keep us funded so that we can do what we do. Again, thank you to Betsy, and all of the owners, for everything you do,” he continued.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar Take Top Honors in FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* presented by The Dutta Corporation

Katherine Bateson-Chandler (USA) and Alcazar, a 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Jane Forbes Clark, found themselves atop the leaderboard in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation, with a score of 72.425%. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar have been hard at work this season, also training with Debbie McDonald, to improve their presence in the arena before heading back to England to compete in Europe this summer.

P. J. Rizvi (USA) and Breaking Dawn followed in second place with a 70.600%, while Anna Marek (USA) and Unico G collected third place honors with a 67.275%.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar

“In my last couple of freestyles I’ve had mistakes in my flying changes. I was bound and determined today, even if I had to turn myself inside out, to not have mistakes in my changes, which I managed to pull off,” laughed Bateson-Chandler. “I was really happy with that.”

“He’s going to have a couple of nice easy days before the next CDI. To be honest, when I’m not here at the show I don’t really ride him in the ring that much. I’m lucky to have a farm with a big track and a grand prix field,” explained Bateson-Chandler, on how she keeps Alcazar fresh and ready to compete. “We’ll have a little break after the next show here and then we’ll head back to England.”

P. J. Rizvi and Breaking Dawn earned their highest FEI CDI score this afternoon with their 70.600%, which Rizvi noted is a huge accomplishment for the pair, as this is their first competitive CDI season together.

“This is so far our biggest accomplishment together. For me, the heat is brutal, but for Edward, my horse, it’s the most amazing thing because my usual struggle with him is that he’s extremely forward and we have mistakes in the changes because he gets a little bit ahead of me,” she said. “Today I felt like he was a bit more backed off, and he was really attentive to me. I was super thrilled today.”

Rizvi rides to the same music that her trainer, Ashley Holzer, used with Breaking Dawn at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. It is very sentimental for Rizvi. She said, “What we did, because Edward had a long rest period after the Olympics, is we changed the choreography to be more difficult, but used the same music. I love really funky music, but I tend to dance too much during the test, so I need very stable music. I think it suits him, and the bagpipes really accent his piaffe and passage.”

Traveling down from Ocala, FL to compete at AGDF, Marek and Unico G are finding a rhythm, which has left Marek feeling very positive about their progress and direction for the rest of the season.

“We come down about four hours to show here for the weekend and then go home. We definitely struggled with the heat a bit this week, but today I was really proud of him because I felt like I had more horse than yesterday,” she commented. “I swear though, the music always pumps him up and he’s ready to go. We had fun riding today’s freestyle, and we just made it a little bit more difficult so there were a few little bobbles.”

“I rode my first freestyle on Unico. Over the last year, we got comfortable with that choreography while I learned to ride the freestyle. We just started to change it a bit more difficult. I wanted something a bit dramatic for him. We’ve had a long road and to me it tells a great story,” she continued.

Competition at AGDF continues tomorrow with the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation, and the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 4*, presented by Havensafe Farm. For more information on AGDF, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

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Bateson-Chandler Takes Top American Placing at Palm Beach Dressage Derby Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W

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Wellington, Florida (March 7, 2016) – International Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Katherine Bateson-Chandler and her partner, 11-year-old KWPN gelding Alcazar, owned by Jane F. Clark, have had a notable campaign so far this year in the Grand Prix division throughout the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Their efforts came to fruition this past week during the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W, sponsored by Everglades Dressage. The pair emerged as the highest placing American duo in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 73.45 percent.

After performing an energetic and striking freestyle test, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar sat in the third place spot behind Danish riders Lars Petersen with Mariett and Mikala Gundersen with My Lady. Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar have been steadily improving throughout the 2016 winter competition series held in Wellington, Florida, and Bateson-Chandler was very pleased with her mount’s progress.

“He was quite nervous in the warm-up, and he’s been pretty solid the past couple of times that I’ve gone under the lights,” said Bateson-Chandler after her impressive ride e in front of a packed house at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. “It threw me a little bit in the warm-up, but he came into the ring and actually is learning that it is his safe place, and he settles,” she said. “He’s still a green horse and is getting used to having more atmosphere, which is why I keep putting him into more ‘under the lights’ situations. He keeps stepping up to the plate, and I’m really proud of him.”

At last year’s Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar took first place, which marked the horse’s breakthrough performance in the Grand Prix level. That 2015 CDI class was their first, after competing successfully in the national Grand Prix classes throughout that winter series.

Bateson-Chandler plans to compete with Alcazar in the remaining two CDIs at the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival, which will occur during Week 10 and Week 12.

“It’s a long season here, and you can get greedy with so many international shows. I have taken a couple of CDIs off, so he’s going to do the last two that are here because they’re spread out a bit more,” Bateson-Chandler noted.

After the completion of the 2016 winter competition series, the pair plans to return to England for the summer, where they will train with coach and mentor Carl Hester.

Bateson-Chandler offers training and coaching services through her business KBC Dressage. Her international Grand Prix experience ensures that her students – both human and equine – have the competitive edge necessary for success in the dressage ring. KBC Dressage offers training services, lessons, clinics, and prospect selection for clients. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
chandlercarlos@aol.com
908-391-9096

Grand Prix Rider Katherine Bateson-Chandler Champions Her First Dressage Show of 2016

Photo courtesy of JRPR.

Wellington, Florida (January 13, 2016) — As the 2016 Adequan Global Dressage Festival is officially commencing, international Grand Prix dressage rider Katherine Bateson-Chandler got a head start to the season with her win at the Wellington Classic Dressage Season Kick Off show. The national competition, held on January 8-10 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds in Wellington, Florida, set the stage for a successful run for Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, a 10-year-old KWPN gelding (Cantango x Polin, Ferro) known as “Lonzie” and owned by Jane Forbes Clark. The pair competed in the FEI Test of Choice. Fresh off of their sixth place finish at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, they scored an impressive 73.50% in the FEI Grand Prix to claim first place in the hotly contended class.

“I’m really happy with Lonzie’s win this past weekend,” Bateson-Chandler said, praising her partner for their victory. “We competed him in this national show just to see what we need to be a bit sharper with. I’m thrilled with how he performed, and I know that there is still plenty more growing to do.”

Bateson-Chandler is grateful to her U.S. dressage coach Debbie McDonald for helping them achieve this success, and feels prepared and excited to go down centerline with Alcazar in the upcoming weeks in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI competitions.

Bateson-Chandler opened last year’s Adequan Global Dressage Festival season with winning scores, and consistently impressed the judges during her and Alcazar’s first season in the Big Tour classes. Their exciting Grand Prix wins in the national and international arenas were proof that the duo is fierce competition in high performance dressage. The pair earned the 2015 Adequan USDF Dressage (Intermediate II) Horse of the Year title.

They then traveled to Europe for a summer of competition and training, wrapping up their summer European tour as the highest-placed American pair in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Comite Equestre De Saumur CDI3* in France.

The U.K. native and naturalized U.S. citizen Bateson-Chandler divides her competition seasons between Wellington and Europe, where she trains with 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Carl Hester. Bateson-Chandler originally took over Alcazar’s reins from U.S. Olympian Robert Dover, for whom she used to groom for.

Bateson-Chandler offers training and coaching services to horses and riders across the U.S. and Europe. Her experience at the international Grand Prix level gives students a competitive edge, whether through coaching as an eye on the ground, bringing young horses up the levels, or campaigning seasoned FEI competitors. KBC Dressage offers training, lessons, clinics, and coaching, as well as scouting and prospect selection for clients. For more about Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
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Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar to Finish Summer European Tour at Saumur CDI 3*

Photo courtesy of Risto Aaltonen.

Saumur, France (September 21, 2015) – Katherine Bateson-Chandler plans to wrap up her successful European summer dressage tour with a big finish at the Comite Equestre De Saumur, a CDI3* in Saumur, France on September 24-27. Bateson-Chandler will compete in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle with her international partner Alcazar, a ten-year-old KWPN gelding (Cantango x Polin, Ferro) owned by Jane Forbes Clark.

Bateson-Chandler brought the talented horse to Europe for the summer to give Alcazar, or “Lonzie” as he is known around the barn, exposure to different environments than he experienced in the United States. In fact, Saumur will be Alcazar’s first indoor competition. The duo hopes to continue their streak of a top-ten finish at each stop on their European campaign so far this summer.

Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar most recently competed at the Dressage at Hickstead CDIO 3*, where they were the highest-placed American combination. The pair demonstrated impressive teamwork and composure when they debuted their new freestyle a bit earlier than anticipated. Bateson-Chandler had expected to compete in the Grand Prix Special, but with the format of the show, she found herself qualified for the Freestyle. Without anytime to practice their new choreography, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar presented a solid performance and were rewarded with an impressive 71.350 percent.

In the weeks since Hickstead, Bateson-Chandler has been preparing for Saumur and fine-tuning the choreography and timing for the new freestyle. “I think Saumur will be a great show to give it a run through,” said Bateson-Chandler.

Bateson-Chandler has been working with British Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester during her time in Europe this summer. “Carl and I have worked hard on getting Lonzie more reliable and comfortable in the Grand Prix,” commented Bateson-Chandler. “Now I can start to ramp it up and take more risks, which is necessary for the very top level Grand Prix scores.”

Saumur is a historic town located between two rivers in Western France and surrounded by vineyards. The idyllic setting will be a wonderful close to the summer season for Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar. “We have had a great summer doing lots of different shows,” said Bateson-Chandler. “It’s so lovely being here.”

Bateson-Chandler owns KBC Dressage in Wellington, Florida, where she offers exceptional training, coaching, lessons, and clinics for horses and riders from the United States and Europe. She also offers scouting and prospect selection for clients seeking exceptional horses. Her experience at the international Grand Prix level offers riders a competitive edge – whether through coaching as an eye on the ground, bringing young horses up the levels, or campaigning seasoned FEI competitors. Learn more at www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
Kbcdressage@me.com
908-391-9096

Freestyle Competition Results in High Scores at Hickstead for Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar

Photo courtesy of Risto Aaltonen.

Hickstead, West Sussex, UK (July 31, 2015) – When top-scoring American dressage rider Katherine Bateson-Chandler returned to her native United Kingdom this summer, she was ready to take on international competition with her partner Alcazar – a ten-year-old KWPN gelding (Cantango X Polin, Ferro) owned by Jane Forbes Clark. Having just stepped Alcazar up to the international level at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival earlier this year (where the pair enjoyed a spectacular Grand Prix winning streak), Bateson-Chandler brought him to Europe for the summer with the intention of giving him more international exposure. The pair recently competed at the Dressage at Hickstead CDIO 3*, where they demonstrated impressive teamwork and showed that Alcazar is quickly gaining confidence in the international arena.

Recently Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar took on prestigious competition in the Hickstead CDIO 3* in the CDIO Nations Cup Grand Prix, placing in the top ten with a score of 67.520 percent. This qualified them to compete in the CDIO Grand Prix Freestyle.

“We ended up competing our new freestyle at Hickstead, which was a surprise,” laughed Bateson-Chandler. “I had planned on doing the Grand Prix special, but the format at Hickstead was different, and I ended up qualifying to do the freestyle instead after my Grand Prix result. In a panic, I had a friend grab my envelopes with my new music, which I hadn’t even opened yet! I hadn’t even listened to the new music or gone over the choreography because I had thought I had lots of time to work on it.”

The internationally successful rider and trainer said that she was nervous about how Lonzie – as he is known around the barn – would handle the freestyle, especially after their experience at the 2015 CDI Windsor. “Our last freestyle, which was a hand-me-down, and was Lonzie’s first attempt, had made him a bit terrified as the speakers had been way too loud,” she explained. “I was a bit unnerved by that experience, as was he!”

But Lonzie handled the unexpected routine with the maturity of a much more experienced mount, and the pair rounded off a solid performance, resulting in an impressive score of 71.350 percent. “I have to say he handled Hickstead better than I ever expected, and I was so very proud of my boy!” said Bateson-Chandler. “He showed himself off so well and trusted me.”

Born in the U.K., Bateson-Chandler moved to the U.S. in 1986 to be Robert Dover’s groom and assistant trainer. She began riding Alcazar in 2012 when Jane Forbes Clark purchased the horse. In 2014, Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar received the esteemed Adequan/USDF Dressage Horse of the Year Award for the Intermediate II level with their year’s mean score of 71.941 percent.

“He is a horse with a fantastic hind leg in all his work,” said Bateson-Chandler of Alcazar. “He has no real weakness, and his piaffe and passage are very special. He hasn’t quite been able to show it off to the full extent in the arena, but when he does, look out!”

Next up for this dynamic duo are more competitions in Europe, where they are currently training with Olympian Carl Hester. Bateson-Chandler shared that she has applied for the CDI Perl at Gestüt Peterhof, Germany (September 9-13) and the CDI Saumur, France (September 24-27), and she may show Alcazar at one of these if qualified.

Bateson-Chandler owns KBC Dressage in Wellington, where she offers exceptional training, coaching, lessons, and clinics for horses and riders from the United States and Europe. She also offers scouting and prospect selection for clients seeking exceptional horses. Her experience at the international Grand Prix level offers riders a competitive edge – whether through coaching as an eye on the ground, bringing young horses up the levels, or campaigning seasoned FEI competitors. Learn more at www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
Kbcdressage@me.com
908-391-9096

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar Claim FEI Grand Prix Special Victory

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar (Photo courtesy of JRPR)

Wellington, FL (March 20, 2015) – Katherine Bateson-Chandler snared the blue ribbon in the Grand Prix Special at the recent Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W against a strong field of competitors. She her longtime partner Alcazar, Jane Forbes Clark’s ten-year-old KWPN gelding (Cantango-Polin, Ferro), earned a 71.255 percent as the sun set on the international dressage series’ show grounds.

The victory was their first in the 2015 CDI season — following several Grand Prix wins in the national division — and she was thrilled with their results.

“I just can’t believe we won the Grand Prix Special!” Bateson-Chandler exclaimed. “I’m so, so proud of baby ‘Lonzie’ all grown up. He was brave under the lights and trusted me. I’m thankful to all our amazing supporters. For sure we couldn’t have done close to this without you.”

Bateson-Chandler explains that the gelding is a tricky horse, and his show anxiety causes him to appear lazy instead of nervous. She and her coach in the U.S., Debbie McDonald, have been working on improving his confidence — and as he showed in the Grand Prix Special, he is truly coming to trust his rider as they head down centerline.

“I’m overwhelmingly happy with my win,” Bateson-Chandler smiled. “My goal had been to go in and give my horse some confidence under the lights and he so beyond exceeded my expectations. I still can’t quite believe it! It’s so special to me that he could go in at night and pull off that test. It shows me how far we’ve come.”

The 39-year-old rider was born in the U.K., and moved to the U.S. in 1986 to be Robert Dover’s groom and assistant trainer. In 2008, she struck out on her own to begin her own training business.

In 2010, Bateson-Chandler represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, aboard Nartan, also owned by Clark. As part of Team USA, the pair earned a fourth-place team finish and individually qualified for the Grand Prix Special. After Nartan’s retirement, she took over Alcazar’s ride from Dover. In 2014, they claimed the 2014 Adequan USDF Horse of the Year title for the Intermediaire II.

The horse and rider began their big tour this winter show season. The pair will be heading to the U.K. in April to work with Carl Hester and to compete in Europe.

Bateson-Chandler owns KBC Dressage in Wellington, where she offers training, coaching, lessons and clinics for horses and riders from the United States and Europe. She also offers scouting and prospect selection for clients seeking exceptional horses. Her experience at the international Grand Prix level offers riders a competitive edge — whether through coaching as an eye on the ground, bringing young horses up the levels, or campaigning seasoned FEI competitors. Learn more at www.kbcdressage.com.

Contact: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
Kbcdressage@me.com
908-391-9096