Katherine Bateson Chandler & Alcazar Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle for First Career Big Tour Double Victory

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Katherine Bateson Chandler on Alcazar celebrating first Big Tour double victory. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 15, 2019–Katherine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar won the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Friday for the first double Big Tour victory for the American team partnership.

Katherine of Wellington and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding were awarded 74.695 per cent for the win, two days after capturing the Grand Prix.

Rebecca Waite of Loxahatchee, Florida and Doktor placed second on 71.945 per cent with Bent Jensen, the 1992 Olympian for Denmark who has long ridden under the Stars and Stripes, was third on Chance on 70.125 per cent.

Katherine has been competing Alcazar at CDI for Jane Forbes Clark since small tour six years ago and moved up to Grand Prix in March, 2015. She works with Ashley Holzer in winter in Florida and Carl Hester in England in summer.

She has tentative plans to go to Europe again this summer with the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Nations Cup in Aachen, Germany as a goal.

If Aachen happens it will be the first time she has been back to the event since 2016 when Alcazar had to be hospitalized with a colic so severe there were fears for the life of the horse.

However, the pair returned to Wellington and six months later an emotional Katherine competed Alcazar at the Global Dressage Festival .

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges: Elke Ebert Christof Umbach Hans Voser Isabelle Judet Lee Tubman
Place Score Nat. Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 74.695 USA Katherine Bateson Chandler Alcazar 74.075 74.000 74.025 76.750 74.625 75.667 (1)
2. 71.945 USA Rebecca Waite Doktor 70.025 71.200 74.375 73.175 70.950 70.595 (2)
3. 70.125 USA Bent Jensen Chance 70.050 71.600 71.075 69.000 68.900 70.167 (3)
4. 68.015 USA Jan Ebeling Indeed 67.600 68.625 69.375 66.475 68.000 67.750 (5)
5. 67.130 USA Jessica Kozel Denzello 68.500 68.800 63.075 66.225 69.050 68.567 (4)
6. 65.810 USA Jessica Jo Tate Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon 65.500 68.075 64.525 66.200 64.750 65.250 (7)
7. 64.155 CAN Jacqueline Brooks Westwood 5 65.800 63.950 63.675 64.825 62.525 65.708 (6)