Katherine Bateson Chandler & Alcazar Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special, Anna Marek & Dee Clair Celebrate 1st Year at Big Tour With Personal Best Score

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Anna Marek riding Dee Clair in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special to post career best score on the pair’s first anniversary at Big Tour. 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 11, 2018–Katherine Bateson-Chandler rode Alcazar to victory in the Adequan Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Sunday in their first show of the year. Fellow American Anna Marek posted a career best score on the American-bred Dee Clair on the pair’s first anniversary at Big Tour.

Katherine of Wellington and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding scored 69.468 per cent to squeeze past Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida on Danilo in second on 69.298 per cent.

Katherine and Alcazar has been competing at Big Tour for almost three years and includes riding on five Nations Cup teams for the United States on both sides of the Atlantic.

Anna of Reddick, Florida and the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare (Sir Sinclair x Rolls Royce) placed third on 68.085 per cent in only the second CDI Grand Prix Special after placing third in the Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old rider started competing Dee Clair at U.S. national levels at the age of 5 1/2  almost five years ago and moved through the levels up to national Grand Prix in in 2016. The duo were regional Grand Prix champions in 2016 and 2017.

She began working with Anne Gribbons, the former U.S. team coach, with Dee Clair three years ago.

“She is one of the most willing horses I have ever met,” said Anna, who has competed at the Wellington CDIs on Unico G and Einstein during the past six years.

The first Big Tour with Dee Clair, owned by Diane Morrison, was at this same show at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in 2017.

“This is our second CDI season and making great progress,” she said after their eighth Big Tour start. “I’m very thankful to Diane for allowing me to train this wonderful mare and Anne for steering us in the right direction.”

Results:

CDI5* Grand Prix Special
E: Truppa – ITA H: Warren – USA C: Sanders-van Gansewinkel – NED M: Matthiesen – DEN B: Nivelle – GER
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Bateson Chandler, Katherine USA Alcazar 68.298 3 69.681 2 69.894 1 68.830 2 70.638 1 69.468 1
Francis, Shelly USA Danilo 68.936 1 70.319 1 69.574 2 68.936 1 68.723 3 69.298 2
Marek, Anna USA Dee Clair 67.660 4 67.447 4 68.723 3 68.191 3 68.404 4 68.085 3
Lane, Megan CAN Zodiac MW 68.723 2 68.404 3 65.851 4 67.872 4 68.830 2 67.936 4
Harada, Kiichi JPN Egistar 65.426 6 65.106 6 65.106 5 65.745 5 67.021 5 65.681 5
Mendoza Loor, Julio Cesar ECU Chardonnay 64.043 8 65.319 5 63.191 6 64.255 6 63.191 7 64.000 6
Tate, Jessica Jo USA Faberge 65.213 7 63.723 7 63.085 7 62.979 8 63.511 6 63.702 7
Trussell, Belinda CAN Tattoo 15 65.957 5 63.404 8 63.085 8 63.085 7 62.766 8 63.660 8
Hill, Debbie USA Zarcita 63.298 9 63.404 8 61.702 9 62.340 9 62.766 8 62.702 9
Bertschinger, Barbara SUI Rubin Cortes OLD 56.809 12 63.085 10 58.511 11 59.362 10 62.447 10 60.043 10
Irving, Jill CAN Arthur 59.596 11 59.915 11 59.915 10 59.277 11 59.064 12 59.553 11
Boo, Heather USA Divertimento 61.489 10 59.787 12 57.979 13 58.617 13 59.787 11 59.532 12
Hirosh, Sahar Daniel ISR Don Daiquiri 55.660 13 58.106 13 58.319 12 58.745 12 58.106 13 57.787 13