Charlotte Bredahl-Baker – Olympian, Trainer, Competitor, Successful Breeder
Along with her competing, training, teaching and breeding, Charlotte finds time to pack in other activities. In her “spare” time she enjoys tennis and her passion for ballroom dancing. Charlotte is also a mentor to several children. “I think there is nothing more rewarding than to know you have made a difference in somebody’s life, especially a child,” Charlotte said of her mentoring work.
“I encourage all other horse people to mentor a child. Even just spending time with a child two-to-four times a month can make a profound difference in that child’s life. Our son Zachary came to us as a foster child through our local social services and eventually we became guardians.”
Charlotte is also still involved in an Inner City riding program in Compton, Los Angeles and she would like to see more people in the equestrian community get involved in programs such as that in Compton. Please visit the website of Compton Junior Posse. It is a great program, gives the kids an alternative to gangs and it's also a non-profit 501c3."
Charlotte also has a career as a realtor. She works at Village Properties in California's beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. "This area is a horse lover's dream," Charlotte said. And she should know. She and her husband Joel have their own beautiful Santa Ynez Valley property filled with Charlotte's fabulous dressage horses and Joel's polo ponies.
With so much going on in her life, it's a wonder that Charlotte is so successful at all of them. But she is. And now she stays even more in touch with people through her new blog on her website. "I hired an assistant to help me get up to date on the latest technology. It's wonderful."