US Dressage Team Nearing End of WEG Preparations

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US team members Todd Flettrich, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Tina Konyot and Steffen Peters at Gladstone. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
US team members Todd Flettrich, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Tina Konyot and Steffen Peters. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

GLADSTONE, New Jersey, Sept. 13–Taking advantage of the newly refurbished U.S, Equestrian Team Foundation headquarters, the American dressage team is in the second of two weeks of intense training before heading to the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Steffen Peters of San Diego, California, and Ravel, Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida, and Calecto V, Todd Flettrich of Wellington, Florida, and Otto and Katherine Bateson-Chandler also of Wellington and Nartan, along with alternates Catherine Haddad, based in Vechta, Germany and Winyamaro and Pierre St.Jacques of Anthony, Florida, and Lucky Tiger have been training under the guidance of Chef D’Equipe Anne Gribbons.

“Anne has been supportive and very helpful,” Todd said. “I’m an independent person so the idea of the team is new for me, but everything has been going great and we’re working together while having a great time.”

Katherine said, “I have been looking forward to this part of the WEG journey since I made the team. I love all of my team mates; they have been good friends of mine for years so that’s special for me. I am also really enjoying the training and I am thrilled to be in Gladstone.”

The Gladstone headquarters underwent a major refurbishment thanks to a capital improvement program made possible through “The Gladstone Fund,” that includes installation of state-of-the-art footing in the Dick and Jane Brown outdoor arena, a rebuilt indoor arena and stabling and an eye-pleasing backdrop of plantings behind the main arena.

“Thanks to Jane Clark the facility received a major facelift and everything is remodeled,” Steffen said. “It’s a fantastic facility to be in.

“We never had this situation where we could train for a major championship at a private facility. Any time we had training camp before in Europe there were always a lot of other horses and clients. This is a unique situation allowing us to train together and watch each other. There is much history at Gladstone as well and that always makes it special.”

Tina said, “Gladstone was amazing even before the upgrades but now it is a world-class facility and we are so lucky to be able to train here.”

“Hosting the U.S. dressage team here continues the tradition and legacy of having this country’s talented horses and riders training and preparing for world championship competitions at Gladstone. It is a pleasure and a privilege to have them here,” said Bonnie Jenkins, Executive Director of the USET Foundation.

The team horses and riders will leave this weekend for Kentucky.