Career of America’s Sanceo & Sabine Schut-Kery in Photos

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July 28, 2021

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo at the Tokyo Olympics, capping a virtual lifetime partnership to lead the United States to the first Olympic team silver medal in almost three quarters of a century. © 2021 Lily Forado for


Sanceo and Sabine Schut-Kery. © 2011 Ken Braddick/

The Hanoverian stallion was bought in Germany by Alice Womble of Houston, Texas and put into the hands of Sabine Schut-Kery based in the Los Angeles area community of Thousand Oakswith her husband, a Hollywood stunt performer. Public performances were a part of Sabine’s own life with equestrian entertainment at major horse shows in Europe.

Sanceo was competed successfully in four and five-year-old classes and at U.S. training and first levels in California in 2010 and 2011.

Sanceo competed as a five-year-old by Sabine Schut-Kery at the U.S. Young Horse Championships in 2011. File photo. © Ken Braddick/

By 2012, the pair were competing internationally, earning a start as a six-year-old at the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany.

Other Americans were developing young horses but until this time, the norm had been to buy “made” horses for teams.

Sanceo and Sabine Schut-Kery competing at the 2012 World Young Horse Championships in Verden. Germany. File photo. © Ilse Schwarz/

Sabine moved Sanceo up to Small Tour by the end of 2013 and with the 2015 Pan American Games still at Small Tour but a major championship for the Americas as their goal competed at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida for the first time in 2014. Global established the Florida winter circuit as the center of  high performance competition in North America.

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo were successful in Wellington in 2015, posting CDI victories that earned the duo a  victory in a CDI1* . © 2015 Ken Braddick/


A smiling Sabine Schut-Kery but Sanceo is not so sure about the photographer at the end of Intermediate 1 ride at Munich, Germany, a stop on the way to the Pan American Games. File photo. © Ken Braddick/


The U.S. gold medal team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto of mixed Big and Small Tour combinations. Steffen Peters on Legolas, Laura Graves and Verdades, Kimberly Herslow on Rosmarin and Sabine Schut-Kery on Sanceo. File photo. © Ken Braddick/


Sabine Schut-Kery riding Sanceo to victory in their first senior Grand Prix, a national class at the West Coast Dressage Festival in 2018. File photo. © Ken Braddick/


Sabine returned to Wellington with Sanceo in 2020 looking to earn a place on the U.S. team. In six starts, the pair were first in two competitions, second once and third twice that made them likely to be selected to go to European for a pre-Olympic tour. Covid-19 put paid to the Olympics for a year and pretty much every other public activity in 2020. File photo. © 2020 Ken Braddick/


Sabine, quiet spoken and coached by Christine Traurig,  Schut-Kery and Sanceo. © 2021 Ken Braddick/
Sabine and Sanceo riding to a personal best score in the Olympic Grand Prix that help qualify the U.S. team for the Grand Prix Special to contend for medals.