Wellington, FL – Natalie Pai, a young rider with big dreams and an adorable German riding pony named Charly, was presented with the Evergaldes Dressge Young Rider Achievement Award at the GCDA Finale I. Pai, who trains with Linda Alicki, took home a beautiful embroidered saddlepad sporting the Everglades Dressage logo. Sponsored by Bethany Peslar, the head trainer and rider at Everglades, the Young Rider Acheivement Award is designed to recognize up and coming Juniors and Young Riders.
Pai and Charly competed in Third Level Test 3, placing second with a 64.872%. “Charly is never boring,” said Pai. “He has a definite pony mentality combined with being fancy and fun to ride. He keeps me guessing, never know when he is going to throw in a buck!” Pai went on to say that her goals with Charly are to reach the Prix St Georges level.
Peslar congratulated Pai on her success with Charly, saying, “I wish Natalie and Charly the best as they continue to compete. Natalie exemplifies the drive and motivation necessary to succeed at the highly competitive upper levels of dressage, and I am proud to be able to highlight her success.”
Peslar herself came up through the Young Rider program, and was a Team Silver medalist at the North American Young Riders Championships in 1998 and 1999. Peslar now rides and trains out of Everglades Dressage in Wellington, where she helps riders achieve success with a focus on correct seat and effective aids. Peslar’s training method makes her a popular clinician, and she is also strong supporter of equestrian programs in the United States. Peslar is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, was the 2006 Reserve Champion in the National Young Adult Grand Prix Championship “Brentina Cup” at Gladstone, and is a successful USEF High Performance Grand Prix competitor. Peslar’s impressive list of accomplishments also includes earning her USDF Gold Medal in 2003 at age 21.