Dressage Olympian Charlotte Bredahl Baker is packing up her family and top two horses and is headed to Florida for the winter. Traveling from her California Ranch in Solvang, to Wellington Florida, Charlotte has not been East since 1992 when she earned her spot of the USET Barcelona Olympic Team. Charlotte’s Olympic partner Monsieur still part of her life, at the ripe old age of 22, but it will be with two FEI mounts, Eskada, and Komo that Bredahl-Baker will be focusing on this winter.
“In 1992 when I came to Florida for an extended stay, I had such a fantastic time that I always wanted to do it again.” Bredahl-Baker told DressageDaily. “Ever since then, I have been saying, that if ‘I ever have two great horses again, I would love to come back.” Why two horses instead of just one? “It is hard to justify the financial end of it for only one horse.”
With the World Cup League Final being held during the Wellington Dressage Classic March 16-19, and the start of the 2006 World Equestrian Games Selection Trials, Bredahl-Baker plans on competing as well as participating in the Challenge of the Americas, as part of an International Grand Prix Team Dressage competition March 11, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Eskada is a handsome black 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood by Inspecteur, Bredahl-Baker owns in partnership with Sayoko Nakatani from Japan. Charlotte has been training since he was 5 and in 2005 they qualified for the Intermediaire1 Championship in Gladstone and ended up 7th. At the CDS/USDF Championship in October they won both Prix St. George Championships as well as Intermediaire 1 Freestyle and were reserve champions at Intermediaire 1.
Komo, the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood by G Ramiro Z is the former mount of the Late Carol Plough. Charlotte and Carol were great friends, and so she was honored to be asked to take over the ride of the talented Grand Prix horse for owners Kathy and Tom Pavlich. The pair took to each other almost immediately, and not only qualified for the CDS/USDF Finals in October, but won all four classes. They plan on making their east coast debut at the Gold Coast Opener CDI, January 20-22.
With both horses on the USEF Dressage Developing list, Bredahl-Baker has been invited to ride in both the USDF Trainer’s Conference with Hubertus Schmidt at the McPhail’s High Meadow Farm in Loxahatchee, January 15 and 16, the USET Clinic with Coach Klaus Balkenhol January 28-31.
Born in Denmark, Bredahl moved to the United States in 1979 and has been training dressage horses ever since. Ten years later, she began selling Real Estate in the beautiful region of the Santa Ynez Valley. “It has helped to support my horse habit,” Charlotte explained, and in doing so opened another world of business she truly enjoys. Joining her for the winter will be her husband Joel Baker, and avid polo player, and her thirteen-year-old son, Zachary who shares Charlotte’s love for another sport, tennis. The Bakers are also involved in a mentoring program for children, and dream of having a large Ranch home for children to share their life with horses, tennis, and outdoor California life.
Charlotte will be boarding her horses with fellow Dane, Janne Rumbough, and is looking forward to taking a break from her busy breeding operation and other interests which keep her busy. “I am looking forward to seeing many old and dear friends as well as being able to focus on my horses and my family this winter.” adds Charlotte. And we are looking forward to seeing them soon.