Just a short drive for the Kentucky Horse Park to the historic town of Versailles, also home to Alltech Corporate headquarters is the beautiful rolling green farm owned by well known and respected Dressage rider/trainer Kathy Priest and her veterinarian husband Dr. Gary Priest. In addition to playing hostess to the Canadian Dressage Team prior to their move to the Kentucky Horse Park, Priest will also be highlighting a quality collection of horses for sale owned with longtime partner from the Netherlands, Egbert Kraak. Together the Kentucky-Dutch connection has sold many super amateur horses to top trainers in America including Guenter Seidel, Debbie McDonald, and Christine Traurig. It was the Craecken Stables who discovered Dressage super star Moorland’s Totilas as a six-year-old which eventually led to the purchase by Edward Gal and his sponsors. But that is not the only dressage success story which began with the Craecken Stables.
Great Britain’s Fiona Bigwood’s Wie Atlantico previously competed with Juan Matute, was a combination achieved by the Kraak/Priest partnership. 2009 Brentina Cup winner Wizard ridden by American Adrienne Lyle, Courtney Dye’s beloved Mythilus, and Guenter Seidel’s UII as well as 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF National Intermediare I Dressage Championship Olympia now ridden by Cesar Parra all originated from the Craecken Stables. However, Priest is quick to qualify that in her partnership with Kraak, they have put together many top amateur horses together with happy owners over the years. And now visitors to Kentucky for the World Equestrian Games will have the opportunity to visit Woodspring Farm and make the connection with one of America’s leading representatives of successful rider/equine combinations.