While Tina has been in the forefront of American Dressage for over three decades and trained several horses successfully to Grand Prix it was in 2010 when it all came together for her and her Danish stallion Calecto V by Comeback II. Winning the National Dressage Championships and becoming a member of a new team for the USA put the pressure on. The new team had only one veteran, individual double bronze medalist Steffen Peters on Akiko Yamazaki’s Ravel. Joining Tina were Todd Flettrich on Margaret Duprey’s Otto, and Katherine Bateson Chandler on Jane Clark’s Nartan. As the only team member who owned her own horse the challenges and expenses involved in such a commitment were gargantuan, including long trips from home to Europe and to be in training at the USET Team headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey.
In order to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games America needed to place no lower than fourth place. With the Netherlands, Great Britain, and Germany all with a solid program the USEF had only decided on the new Technical Delegate Anne Gribbons earlier in the year after the reign of German trainer Klaus Balkenhol. Fifteen countries were present and the US Team delivered, not winning a medal, but earning the coveted safe place in fourth securing a sport for American Dressage in London, and a new goal for Tina and Calecto V. There will be more travel and international exposure on the agenda, but 2011 will be Tina’s year to work and train and bring along new talent.
While Tina has had many award-winning horses, her current partnership with her stallion, Calecto V, really shines. “I love this horse more than anything in the world,” Tina is quick to say. “I think he really loves me also. I would wish for everyone to be so lucky to have a horse like this, one that you can really connect with.” Tina owns Calecto and shares a special bond with him. It is not often that a US rider can make their own horse into an international star without the support of sponsors and owners that underwrite the campaign.
Tina and Calecto have used talent and determination to beat the odds and the competition!
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