Patricia Koschel Rides Her First Grand Prix, Winning Global Dressage Festival National Class

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Patricia Koschel and Leuchtfeuer DE at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. File Photo. © SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 28, 2018–Patricia Koschel, who rides as an adult amateur, competed in her first Grand Prix Sunday and won the national level class at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Patricia, who is based in Hagen, Germany with her husband, Christoph, and two sons, as well as Wellington, rode Leuchtfeuer DE in the national Grand Prix before two judges at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

Patricia and the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 69.511 per cent to win the Grand Prix with seven starting combinations, including her husband on Santorini 11. She has competed Leuchtfeuer DE at CDI small tour events throughout Europe and in Wellington for the past four years.

German federation rules require riders to compete at national levels and get permission before being able to go into CDI Big Tour competitions.

Christoph owned and rode Donnperignon on the German team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2011 European Championships before Anna Kasprzak took over the ride and was on Denmark’s team at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

The Koschels have built a substantial training business in Wellington as well as in Germany and bring some German youth riders to Florida for the winter circuit.