ALONZO SOLD TO USA AS PROSPECT FOR KATHERINE BATESON
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar, 31–Alonzo, the seven-year-old Contango/Ferro offspring, has been sold to the United States as a prospect for Katherine Bateson-Chandler who has been competing Nartan for the past two years.
The KWPN black gelding (Contango x Polina x Ferro) was competed by Jonna Schelstraete, including at the World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, as a six-year-old last year.
The sale was to Jane Clark, one of America’s leading owners of high performance sport horses and for whom the British-born Katherine rides.
Katherine rode the Jane Clark-owned Nartan, bought from Jeanette Haazen of The Netherlands, for the U.S. team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010.
The sale of Alonzo was arranged through Dirk Fiechter and Diederik Wigmans.
Katherine told dressage-news.com she and Jane had been looking for a new horse for a long time.
She rode Alonzo for three days,
“He has lovely training, three good gaits and a great personality,” she said.
“He does little pieces of a lot of stuff.”
Alonzo has been trained to the Dutch 4th level, equivalent to about the same level in the U.S.
“We’ll bring him out at small tour,” she saud, “when he is ready.”
She plans to spend the summer with Carl Hester, her longtime trainer, training at his farm in Britain.
Katherine is seeking to qualify Nartan for the U.S. Olympic team selection rials to be held in Gladstone, New Jersey, in June.