In an Olympic year there is often an element of surprise as a horse and rider can appear for the selection process that are virtually unknown in America.
At the Snowbird's Paradise in Orlando, January 31, an unfamiliar combination caught everyone's eye in the warm up arena. As they gracefully prepared for the Grand Prix special with what appeared to be effortless passage movements, it became apparent that there will be the unknown factor entering the selection process due to begin this weekend at The Southern Comfort USET CDI-W, the first Olympic Dressage Selection Trial.
Carrie Schopf, and her husband German Bernd Schopf flew her mount Ikhtisas, a 10 year old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred cross mare owned by Gisela Chatterjee from their home in Bremen, Germany, for the USET Selection Trials. Invited by the German Federation to train with their team, American born Schopf, who has been living in Germany for the past five years, opted instead to compete in the selection process in Florida during the short time they are able to be in this country.
Results 2000 Snowbird's Paradise, Clarcona Horseman's Park, Apopka, Florida
Results 2000 Southern Comfort CDI-W-USET