West Palm Beach, FL – Dressage riders Katherine Bateson Chandler and Lynda Alicki both rode away winners of the FEI Prix St. Georges Open GAIC/USDF Qualifying class at the recent Wellington Classic Spring Challenge CDI held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. The class, sponsored by the Oaks of Lake City, was divided into two sections due to the large turnout.
Bateson Chandler won section one of the class aboard Jane Clark’s Dea II, an eight-year-old Hanoverian mare, with a score of 69.825%. Bateson Chandler said the mare may be the “horse of a lifetime” for her. “I love chestnuts and I love mares,” she gushed, adding, “She is coming along so quickly.”
Bateson Chandler met Dea when she was training with Carl Hester last summer in England. Although the mare wasn’t for sale, Bateson Chandler had the opportunity to try her and said the match was undeniable. Clark purchased the mare for Bateson Chandler to campaign, and the duo now have their sights set on the USEF Championships at Gladstone this summer. Thanks to her win with Dea, Bateson Chandler was presented with a beautiful embroidered cooler from The Oaks of Lake City.
Alicki won the second section of the FEI Prix St. George class on the stunning black stallion Donates, owned by Melanie Pai of Middleburg, Virginia. Donates showed off his dressage skills in the ring, but also proved he is a stallion with exceptional looks and disposition when he returned to the ring during the exhibitor’s party for the awards presentation.
The duo were also awarded an embroidered cooler from The Oaks of Lake City thanks to their winning score of 67.105%. “I know Melanie will love the cooler from The Oaks,” Alicki said, adding that she is grateful that The Oaks sponsored the class.
The Oaks of Lake City, a residential community in Northern Florida designed to enhance the equestrian lifestyle, was pleased to honor Bateson Chandler and Alicki with awards. The community, home to The Oaks Equestrian Center and the inaugural O’Connor Signature equestrian facility, is committed to supporting the equestrian community through sponsorships and clinics.
Olympians Karen and David O’Connor, in conjunction with Equestrian Services, LLC, have designed and put their stamp on the community, whose standards reflect their commitment to an equestrian facility designed to offer residents the finest in equestrian lifestyles. Professionally managed by Equestrian Management, LLC, the facility offers a 33-stall barn, a 122’ x 225’ covered riding arena, a 60 foot covered round pen with world-class footing, 15 miles of looped trails and the O’Connor designed 11 acre cross-country jumping course.
The community and its Equestrian Center cater to a variety of equestrian disciplines. For more information on The Oaks of Lake City, visit their website at www.theoakslakecity.com.