Successful CDI Debut for Katherine Bateson & Nartan Placing 2nd Behind Michal Rapcewicz & Randon at Vidauban

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Katherine Bateson on Nartan with Jeanette Haazen
Katherine Bateson on Nartan with Jeanette Haazen. © Hippo Foto - Leanjo de Koster

VIDAUBAN, France, June 19–Poland’s Michal Rapcewicz and Randon won the Grand Prix and the Freestyle at Vidauban CDI3*, but America’s Katherine Bateson had a stunning CDI debut on Nartan, newly acquired from Jeanette Haazen of The Netherlands.

The Polish Olympian and Randon scored 68.693 per cent to narrowly finish ahead of Katherine and Nartan on 68.359 per cent that gave her one of the two scores she needs to qualify for the U.S. selection trials in August for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Two of the seven judges–the panel was enlarged as part of the program to improve ground juries–placed the Polish pair first and three placed the American duo first. France’s Stephanie Collier and Twister were third on 66.930 per cent.

In the Freestyle, Michal and Randon were first on 73.65 per cent with Katherine and Nartan second on 72.65 per cent and Portugal’s Daniel Pinto and Galopin de la Font third on 68.75 per cent.

Vidauban was the first international show since the 15-year-old Dutch gelding by Jazz was acquired by Jane F. Clark just one month ago to give Katherina the opportunity to qualify for the U.S. selection trials at Gladstone, New Jersey in August.

Katherine, 34, is a British-born naturalized American citizen who took over training and competing Jane Clark’s dressage horses when six-time Olympian Robert Dover retired.

She has worked with Jeanette full-time since taking over the ride on Nartan and their only previous experience in the show ring was at a national competition two weeks ago.

Jeanette competed successfully with Nartan but was vying with the current top level of Dutch dressage that includes Moorlands Totilas, Jerich Parzival and Hunter Douglas Sunrise for a place on a team from The Netherlands.

Katherine and Nartan are scheduled to compete next at Pompadour, France, July 1-4 and, if necessary, at Vierzon, France, a week later.

To qualify for the U.S. selection trials, combinations must acquire two qualifying scores in Grand Prix at CDIs in North America or foreign competitions and the top 15 will be invited to Gladstone for the two weeks of final selections.

For complete results, click here: VidaubanCDI06-18-20-2010