USA Team Rider Heather Blitz Debuts Quatero at CDI for Victory at Tryon St. Georges
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
MILL SPRING, North Carolina, April 21, 2017–Heather Blitz debuted her eight-year-old Praestemarkens Quatero at CDI, logging victory in the Tryon International Equestrian Center 3* Prix St. Georges Friday.
On the Danish Warmblood gelding that Heather had recommended the breeding a decade ago and bought two years ago, she and the powerful Quatero scored 72.974 per cent.
After a handful of Small Tour competitions in Florida over the past few months, Heather brought Quatero to these show grounds that will host the World Equestrian Games in September 2018.
When Heather lived in Denmark and competed Otto throughout Europe a decade ago, she was asked for her recommendation on a sire for the Rhodimant mare Rahvia Hojris. She recommended Quarterback.
Now, 10 years later and having sold Otto to be ridden by Todd Fletrich on the U.S. team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and developed Paragon for team gold and individual silver at the 2011 Pan American Games and reserve for the American team at the 2012 Olympics, Heather is partnered with Quatero.
“He’s a very passionate horse,” said Heather, based year round in Loxahatchee, Florida. “He just got this a few weeks ago and now it’s, “Oh, this is what you want.’ And he does it.
“He’s passionate about everything. If he loves you he wants to be with you. If he’s scared he wants to go the other way. Once he understands what you want from him, he gives you his all. Now I’ve gotten him to trust me he is so good.”
Quatero is already training some Grand Prix movements including passage, but Heather said she does not want to push him so is not yet working piaffe.