West Palm Beach, FL – Dressage riders Kathy Priest and Katherine Bateson-Chandler were all smiles at the recent Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II show, as both won classes and were also honored by Dressage Training Online. Priest won the FEI Grand Prix Special and Bateson-Chandler won the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle, riding away with blue ribbons and beautifully embroidered coolers from Dressage Training Online. Photos:Kathy Priest, right, won the FEI Grand Prix Special on World Fire owned by April Harris (center) at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II show. The class was sponsored by Dressage Training Online, and Show Manager Noreen O’Sullivan presented Priest and Harris with their award. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
Priest, a dressage rider, trainer and instructor from Kentucky, rode April Harris’s gelding World Fire for the win in the FEI Grand Prix Special. Harris was thrilled by the fact that the class was sponsored by Dressage Training Online, as Harris is a member of the Dressage Training Online website. “I love to watch World Fire’s piaffe and passage, but on Dressage Training Online I study the first level work,” Harris said.
Katherine Bateson-Chandler, who has had a winning season during the winter dressage circuit, was in the ribbons again with her win in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle with a score of 72.250%. Bateson-Chandler rode Jane Clark’s 11-year-old Dutch gelding Rutherford.
Bateson-Chandler has been riding Rutherford for two years and said she hopes to move him up to the Grand Prix this summer. “We had a beautiful, floating ride,” Bateson-Chandler said. “The cooler we won from Dressage Training Online is beautiful and I will be really pleased to give it to Jane.”
Photo:Katherine Bateson-Chandler won the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle on Jane Clark’s Rutherford at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II show, held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Bateson-Chandler’s class was sponsored by Dressage Training Online, and John Flanagan, Wellington Classic Dressage Events Manager, presented Bateson-Chandler with her award. (Photo courtesy of JRPR)
While Bonetti was happy to present the Dressage Training Online awards to Priest and Bateson-Chandler, she also looks forward to more dressage riders discovering her online site. Dressage Training Online.com has revolutionized the dressage world by giving riders the chance to learn from trainers and judges even if they aren’t able to attend a clinic or show. “It’s a great way for dressage riders to be present and learn, even if they aren’t able to personally train with them, or attend a clinic or show,” Bonetti said.
In addition to sponsoring dressage classes, Bonetti also tapes FEI classes for broadcast on DressageTrainingOnline.com, complete with commentary from judges. “We offer members of DressageTrainingOnline.com the opportunity to better understand the judges perspectives by listening to their score-by-score commentary on tests they have judged,” Bonetti said, referring to the “Judges View” on her innovative website.
For more information on Dressage Training Online, visit their website at www.dressagetrainingonline.com.