Dressage Trainer and rider David Blake reached a recent milestone with Catapult the 2006 Markel USEF 6 Year-Old National Champion with a successful debut in the Grand Prix in 2011. Catapult the eleven-year-old Holsteiner by Cantor, which Blake owns and has trained since he broke him at 2 years old, was one of six horses Blake competed at the Dressage Affaire in Del Mar, California. Together with his wife Andrea, the couple own and operate David Blake Dressage in Arroyo Del Mar. “Winning the 2006 Markel USEF 6 Year-Old National Championships Catapult marked a huge turning point for my career and business. All of a sudden, people knew my name." Thanks to his mentor, trainer and friend Steffen Peters, Blake was given another opportunity.
It was in 2006 that Blake began working with Steffen Peters which ultimately led to an invitation to work and train in with Steffen and Shannon. “Now, Steffen & Shannon Peters took a chance on me by inviting me to train and work at Arroyo Del Mar. This was an incredible move for my business and my career.” Together with his wife Andrea Blake they manage a full barn of exciting dressage stock including his two FEI Pan American hopefuls, Lord Albert and Falsterbo who will be doing their next CDI at the Del Mar National the end of April. And now in their first season in Grand Prix competition, Blake and Catapult scored a 66% in Indio on their first outing, won the Open Grand Prix at Mid-Winter Dressage in Burbank and then again in Del Mar at The Dressage Affaire with a 68.93%.
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