Tina Konyot and Calecto V went to Europe in the summer of 2010 in preparation for the USEF World Equestrian Games selection process, to be seen by the judges and gain critical mileage in preparation for the Games. Their successful ride at Aachen although still not totally confirmed endeared her and her Danish Warmblood stallion by Comeback II to the judges’ panel and she enjoyed the camaraderie and mutual respect from her fellow competitors. But this was not Tina’s first time in Europe. Tina has paid her dues for five years training with such masters as Herbert Rehbein, then Rudolf Zeilinger, and after that, Klaus Balkenhol (former coach of the American Olympic Team). There were others: colleagues, friends who offered advice and council: Kyra Kyrklund, Jurgen Koschel, Johnny Hilberath, and Daniel Ramseier.
That Tina even was in the running was a feat in and of itself. In 2008 she suffered a severely debilitating injury in a fall breaking her ankle in nine places requiring numerous screws and metal plates to repair. Just as she was making the connection with her expressive mount Calecto V who she had trained as she had done with many others to Grand Prix, she needed to lay low keep still and heal. In her first debut with her ankle still wrapped tightly and riding in severe pain [#25616 override="Tina and Calecto won the Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Grande Finale in 2009 with an impressive 68.10%." title="Tina and Calecto won the Grand Prix at the Gold Coast Grande Finale in 2009 with an impressive 68.10%."]
This would be the start the Calecto collection of blue ribbons on almost every outing into the arena, culminating in the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage National Championship in 2010, earning her a spot of the US Team under the guidance of Dressage Team Technical Advisor Anne Gribbons.
"Tina is a natural talent who has been knocking at the team door for many years, and I was particularly pleased to see her partnered with such a nice horse and be able to assist her to realize her ambitions on my watch. I look forward to seeing her ride for the United Sates in future teams."
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