USA’s Katherine Bateson-Chandler in 1st CDI With Alcazar 2nd in Hartpury Prix St. Georges
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
The USA’s Katherine Bateson-Chandler rode Alcazar in the horse’s first CDI to place second in the Hartpury Festival of Dressage CDI3* Prix St. Georges on Friday with Great Britain’s Michael Eilberg on Woodlander Dornroschen the winner on 74.316 per cent.
Katherine, based in Wellington, Florida, and who trains with British Olympian Carl Hester at his facility near this college, scored 72.158 per cent.
Denmark’s Anders Dahl and the Florida-bred Selten HW in their first CDI placed third on 72.026 per cent. Selten was ridden by Californian Elizabeth Ball to be the U.S. champion as a four, five and six-year-old. The Sandro Hit stallion, now nine years old, was sold by Elizabeth for €500,000 (US$641,000) earlier this year.
Alcazar was bought by Jane Forbes Clark in mid-2012 after the retirement of Nartan that the British-born Katherine rode for the United States at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.
She competed the eight-year-old KWPN gelding in a handful of national events on the Florida circuit last winter before returning to Engand to train Alcazar (Contango x Ferro) to Grand Prix.
“He was really great,” Katherine told dressage-news.com after Friday’s St. Georges.
“He’s feeling more and more confident in the arena for such a young horse without a lot of experience.
“He’s still green in places but I can feel how much more is in this horse.
“We are only just touching his talent now. I believe there’s a lot more to come.
“It’s very exciting!”
In addition to Alcazar, Jane Clark just bought Hexagon’s Wellnetta, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, as a prospect for Katherine to pursue a start at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. The horse was trained by the Netherlands’ Laurens Van Lieren.
As well as dressage horses, Jane Clark owns horses that are ridden by Great Britain’s Olympic team gold medal jumper rider Ben Maher and teams driven by Chester Weber of the United States.