In a strong Grand Prix Special class at the Wellington Dressage Classic, the combination of Betsy Steiner and Rainier, scored a 73% to give Steiner the win on her birthday.
Rainier, owned by Jane Forbes Clark and the former Olympic mount of Robert Dover keep getting stronger on each outing, as they continue to develop a special relationship, vying for a coveted spot of the US Team for the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez Spain, to be held in September.
Steiner was in the international arena at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1992, with another gray mount, Unanimous, who still resides in retirement in the barn where she works and trains.
Exiting the judges stand after the excellent class, judge Janet Brown could not contain her excitement. "I was such a thrill judging this class where we had three rides scoring in the 70's!" Brown exclaimed. "And now we are of to California where we will get to see more."
American Dressage has the most depth it has ever known at the highest level. Joining Betsy at an impromptu surprise party at The Wellington Players Club, were USET coach Klaus Balkenhol and two large tables of longtime friends and supporters, topping off her 73% day in style.