Sabine-Schut-Kery Awarded $25,000 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize

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Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo on the USA team that won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games . © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo on the USA team that won gold at the 2015 Pan American Games . © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Jan. 27, 2017

Sabine Schut-Kery, USA team gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games, has been awarded the 2017 Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize of $25,000.

Sabine, 48 years old of Thousand Oaks, California plans to use the award for training of Sanceo to move to Grand Prix.

“She was selected because she displays the characteristics and qualities of being a talented, committed, qualified rider whose plans are to reach and excel at the elite, international standards of high performance dressage,” The Dressage Foundation said in its announcement.

Sabine’s goal is to develop Sanceo, an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion, owned by Alice Womble-Heitman and Dr. Mike Heitman, as a prospect to represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.

Sabine plans to go to Europe to train with Jan Nivelle for eight weeks this summer.

“It is fantastic that this grant gives many riders the opportunity to take their riding and the development of their horses to the next level of excellence,” Sabine said. “In my case, I will be able to focus solely on Sanceo while traveling this year to Europe for intensive training and competition.”

The Carol Lavell Advanced Dressage Prize Fund was established in 2009 in remembrance of Carol’s mother, May Cadwgan, and in honor of her father, Gordon Cadwgan. Since then, the fund has made 11 awards totaling $275,000.