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Bateson Chandler and Alcazar Capture Their First Win of AGDF Season in FEI Grand Prix Special

Katherine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar. Photo copyright SusanJStickle.com.

Wellington, FL – March 14, 2015 – Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) and Alcazar performed a lovely test to win the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W3*, presented by Today’s Equestrian and Diane & George Fellows, on a score of 71.255%. It was determined that Cesar Parra (USA) and Van the Man placed second after tying with Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven aboard Divertimento on a score of 70.569%. The final day of competition at AGDF 10 concludes tomorrow with Florida International Dressage Youth Championship classes along with the FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle CDI-W1*, presented by Michael and Roz Collins.

Watch the winning ride for Katherine and Alcazar!
Video courtesy of Campfield Videos.

Bateson Chandler was elated with Alcazar tonight, and it seems the two have truly hit their stride with great performances in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special this week. “He was great. He’s been a tricky horse in a lot of ways, and it has taken him a while to get over his own show nerves and let go,” she explained. “It has always been a tension thing with him, and he’s a very hot horse. He has his own show nerves, and I’ve had to work through that and this seems like finally it all came together. The relief is overwhelming.”

Alcazar, who is still very green at the Grand Prix level, has showed Bateson Chandler that he has all of the talent in the world, which is why she has chosen to be careful and not push him out of his comfort zone too quickly. “I think he’s a very complete horse and is going to have a lot of highlight movements in the future. His passage and piaffe are going to be quite special,” she commented. “He’s changed so much over the past few months and I think he also has a great hind end and his changes are ultimately going to be very good too.”

The pair continues to bond and Bateson Chandler noted that Alcazar is a mentally very sharp; she always has to stay one step ahead of the game with him. The pair has booked a flight back across the Atlantic to England where Bateson Chandler summers at Carl Hester’s training facility. “We really try to make decisions about his future as a team, and I have to give a huge thank you to (owner) Jane (Clark) for sticking by us. We had a lot of rough patches. She’s given me so many opportunities, we call it ‘Team Clark,’ and having that much support is really incredible,” she said.

Cesar Parra had two solid tests with Van the Man this week, placing sixth in a very large Grand Prix class this past Thursday and taking home a second in the Special today. The pair, who has been training diligently at home, was rewarded for their dedication this week. “He has been such a challenging ride for me, probably the most challenging in my life. He’s really become a different horse and we’ve seen a huge transformation in him, which is why we waited until the end of the season to bring him out,” remarked Parra. “He’s been great and I decided to stay home and do my homework because he knows the movements, but he was very insecure and it seemed to be too challenging, so we decided to take a step back.”

Parra continued to work on a routine with “Van” to help the horse relax and not become too over stimulated by different atmospheres. “The main thing we did was work in a routine each day. We gave him exposure to other things and tried to keep him as happy and healthy as you can. He gets a lot of time out of the stall, and he’s really changed. I really need to thank my groom, Jennifer Mandracia. She’s dedicated so much time to him in the past year to help him come out of his shell,” he expressed.

Both pairs will compete at the final week of AGDF competition in two weeks in the CDI 3* that will accompany the CDIO 3*.

Along with the FEI Grand Prix Special, several classes contributing towards the Florida International Dressage Youth Championships took place today, giving youth riders from around the world a chance to compete against each other in Wellington. Amanda Mcaullife (USA) and Da Kiekste won the FEI Pony Individual class, sponsored by The Axel Johnson Group, with a 65.683%. Antonia Arl (BEL) and Equestricons Ziggy placed first in the FEI Junior Individual, sponsored by Equisafe, receiving a 72.711%. Dana van Lierop (NED) and Equestricons Walküre scored an incredible 74.868% in the FEI Young Rider Individual class, sponsored by Yeguada de Ymas, for the win. All four of the divisions for the Florida International Dressage Youth Championships will have their presentations on Sunday morning to honor the winner and top riders in this year’s edition.

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Katherine Bateson-Chandler Pays It Forward

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Carl Hester demonstrating how to produce a young Grand Prix Horse (Photo Credit – Kevin Sparrow).

Wellington, FL (December 22,2014) – Katherine Bateson-Chandler knows she is lucky to ride exceptional horses and to have experience training with Olympic athletes Carl Hester, Debbie McDonald, and Robert Dover. In order show her gratefulness for being able to live out her dressage dreams, Bateson-Chandler is giving back to the equestrian community by helping others pursue their own successful dressage careers.

The Grand Prix rider recently spent her sixth summer training with Hester, whom she works with for part of the year while working with USA’s McDonald during the rest of the year. She was also Robert Dover’s assistant trainer and groom before taking over Dover’s position of riding and training Jane Forbes Clark’s impressive horses. Now, the internationally acclaimed Bateson-Chandler is using her talents to help teach others.

She recently acted as a demo rider for Hester at educational events throughout the United Kingdom. The events included The Dressage Convention at Bury Farm in England on October 18-19, and Your Horse Live at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, England on November 8-9. For Bateson-Chandler, providing educational opportunities in England was a sort of homecoming — the equestrian was born and raised in the U.K., and is now a U.S. citizen based out of Wellington, Florida.

“We showed everyone how we produce a young Grand Prix horse using Carl’s system,” Bateson-Chandler said about her experience as a demo rider with Hester. “We touched on most aspects of the Grand Prix, and showed how good basics can make life much simpler as you move up the levels.”

She rode Alcazar, a nine-year old KWPN gelding owned by Jane Forbes Clark. Alcazar (Contango x Polina, Ferro) recently won the prestigious 2015 Adequan/USDF Dressage Horse of the Year Award in the Intermediate II level after putting in some impressive scores. Bateson-Chandler has been competing on the dark bay gelding for the past two years when she took over the ride from Dover after he retired from competition.

While Bateson-Chandler enjoyed helping her British mentor, Hester, by riding in the educational demonstrations, she also thought it was good experience for Alcazar.

“Both master classes were amazing experiences for my horse as they gave me the unique opportunity to ride him in an electric environment where the audience claps on a regular basis through the ride,” she said. “He, of course, was a little tense in the beginning but got better and better the more we rode.”

Bateson-Chandler is eager to see where the coming year of equestrian competition season will lead her, and is looking forward to more opportunities to pass on her talents to others. For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler and her star equine partners, visit www.kbcdressage.com or follow the international competitor on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katherine-Bateson-Chandler-Dressage/651928248221736?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark.

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Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar Named USDF Horse of the Year at Intermediaire II

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

Wellington, FL (December 9, 2014) — The award that the United States Dressage Federation calls its “most prestigious honor” has been presented to a powerful, expressive KWPN gelding and his rider, Katherine Bateson-Chandler of Wellington, Florida. After a year of impressive achievements in the dressage arena, Alcazar — owned by Jane Forbes Clark — earned the Adequan/USDF Dressage Horse of the Year Year-End Award for his performances with Bateson-Chandler in the Intermediate II level.

The Adequan/USDF Year-End Awards are presented to select riders and horses that have had not only a few successful shows, but an entire year of achieving high scores in competition. The most recent Year-End Awards were given after the close of the USDF competition year, which ran from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar (Contango x a Ferro mare) received the prestigious Adequan/USDF Dressage Horse of the Year Award for the Intermediate II level with their year’s impressive mean score of 71.941 percent.

Internationally successful Grand Prix champion Bateson-Chandler has competed on Alcazar for the past two years, and is loving the experience. “He has the perfect temperament for a competition horse — very brave and self-confident. He has presence and is extremely trainable,” she once commented about her award-winning mount. The nine-year-old dark bay gelding and Bateson-Chandler have had numerous successes leading up to receiving this Year-End honor. Earlier this year, they earned the FEI High Point award after winning the FEI Intermediate II division at the Kentucky Dressage Association CDI in May.

Jane Forbes Clark, a long-time supporter of high-performance equestrian sports around the world, purchased Alcazar in 2012. The beautiful horse was an excellent fit for Bateson-Chandler, who has ridden and trained Clark’s horses for eight years. “I know how lucky I am and thank her every day,” Bateson-Chandler said about working with Clark. The equestrian took over the position from Robert Dover when he retired from competition, as she had worked as Dover’s groom and assistant trainer since the age of sixteen.

Bateson-Chandler spends her summers training and competing in Europe with Alcazar and her other top mounts, including Clark’s KWPN Wellnetta. In Europe, Bateson-Chandler trains with Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Hester. As many judges and spectators have done, Hester noticed something special about Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar. “Alcazar has beautiful hind legs and a great work ethic,” he once commented. Bateson-Chandler, too, is also impressed with Alcazar’s efforts and talent. She is thrilled to have had the opportunity and ability to ride him to earn the Adequan/USDF Dressage Horse of the Year Year-End Award. “You don’t get these sort of horses every day,” she said. “Maybe once in a lifetime.”

For more information about Katherine Bateson-Chandler and her star equine partners, visit www.kbcdressage.com or follow the international competitor on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katherine-Bateson-Chandler-Dressage/651928248221736?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark.

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One-Two Finish for Hester and Bateson-Chandler in Hartpury CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Welnetta competing during the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. (Photo courtesy of SusanJStickle.com)

London, United Kingdom (July 18, 2014) – In her first European Grand Prix CDI of the year, Katherine Bateson-Chandler has validated not only her own horsemanship but six years of instruction and mentorship from friend and trainer, Carl Hester, as the two clinched first and second places together on July 13 in the Hartpury (Great Britain) CDI3* Grand Prix Special.

“It’s great to have a top finish in your first European Grand Prix CDI of the year. It’s even sweeter when the only horse and rider combination to best you is your own coach,” laughed Bateson-Chandler, referring to the 2012 British Olympic Team Dressage Gold medalist. “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.”

Hester won the Grand Prix Special on KWPN (Don Ruto x Animo) gelding, Nip Tuck, with a final score of 72.45%. Bateson-Chandler, on Jane Forbes Clark’s KWPN (Hexagon’s Louisville x Rubiquil) mare, Wellnetta, delivered a 66.16% finish for reserve honors against not only her trainer but an exceptionally diverse international field whose top ten riders included competitors representing Russia and Singapore. The pair had opened their weekend at Hartpury with a top ten (64.14%) finish in the CDI3* Grand Prix, also won by Hester, who posted the only (74.60%) score of the class to crack the 70s.

Welnetta, who was born and bred in Europe, and Bateson-Chandler, who was born in the United Kingdom, returned to their roots this season to compete. Based out of Hester’s personal yard, it marks the sixth summer that she and her horses have spent there: “Carl’s is very much like home to us. 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 horses and lots of turnout, which are also very important to me.” In addition to a long relationship with Hester, she has ridden horses for Forbes Clark for nine years, assuming the role after serving prior to that as Robert Dover’s assistant trainer.

Next is Germany, where its CDIO5*/CDIO4* at Aachen and CDIO4* in Cappeln await. Having set her sights on Europe, after a strong appearance at the US Dressage Festival of Champions in New Jersey earlier in July, the now-U.S. citizen and Wellington, FL, resident, has a strategy: “With the best of the best gearing up for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, I plan to use the highly-competitive environment to gain more international exposure for both myself and Welnetta. Our European schedule will provide a great opportunity to ride in a number of prestigious shows and gain more experience.”

For more information on Katherine Bateson-Chandler, visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katherine-Bateson-Chandler-Dressage/651928248221736?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark.

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Dressage Radio Episode 70 by Back On Track – WEG Special Coverage

Special daily coverage of the dressage competition at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Chris is joined by Carl Hester and Katherine Bateson-Chandler for same day coverage. This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at the Alltech Experience in the Kentucky Horse Park. Listen in…

Dressage Radio Episode 70 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Host: Chris Stafford
  • Co-Host: Carl Hester
  • Guest: Katherine Bateson-Chandler
  • World Equestrian Games Dressage Radio Show Recording Schedule at the Alltech Pavilion: (Recorded show will be posted within three hours of recording.)
    • Sept 27: Recording at 6-7 PM
    • Sept 28: Recording at 6-7 PM
    • Sept 29: Recording at 5:30-6:30 PM
    • Oct 2: Recording at 7:30-8:30 AM
  • Coverage: Follow all the coverage of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on the Horse Radio Network.
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Dressage Radio Episode 67 – Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Terri Satterlee

Terri Satterlee, President of the Central Vermont Dressage Association, and British born U.S. WEG team member, Katherine Bateson Chandler, reflect on her journey so far. Take a listen right here.

Dressage Radio Episode 67 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Host: Chris Stafford
  • Co-host: Heather BlitzParagon
  • Photo Credit: SusanJStickle.com
  • Guest: Katherine Bateson-Chandler – WEG Team Member
  • Guest: Terri Satterlee – The Central Vermont Dressage Association
  • News: Australian Dressage Team:
    * Hayley Beresford and Relampago do Retiro, owned by Eduardo Fischer and Hayley Beresford
    * Lyndal Oatley and Potifar, owned by Carol and Sandy Oatley
    * Brett Parbery and Victory Salute, owned by Carolyn Lieutenant
    * Rachael Sanna and Jaybee Alabaster, owned by Beverley Edwards
  • News: Swedish Dressage Team: Chef d’equipe Bo Jena has chosen:
    * Patrik Kittel riding Watermill Scandic HBC
    * Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén riding Favourit
    * Minna Telde riding Larina Höm
    * Charlotte Haid Bondergaard riding Lydianus
  • World Equestrian Games Recording Schedule at the Alltech Pavilion:
    Sept 27: Recording at 6-7 PM
    Sept 28: Recording at 6-7 PM
    Sept 29: Recording at 5:30-6:30 PM
    Oct 2: Recording at 7:30-8:30 AM
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