US Dressage Team Reserve Rider in 2006 with Maximus JSS Has Decided Not to Compete in Olympic Selections
Sandbostel, GER - American Dressage rider Catherine Haddad brought a “new” horse into the Grand Prix show ring this weekend in Sandbostel, Germany. Sir Sherlock JSS, a 12 year old Hannoverian gelding sponsored by the JSS Trust, has been in training with Haddad for six years. “We did a few starts in the small tour when he was 9 and 10 years old, but mostly I’ve kept this horse at home and trained, trained, trained,” said the American ex-pat.
"I couldn’t be happier that he came out and did his job with a totally relaxed, professional demeanor this weekend…three days in a row! This has always been one of my most talented horses but I had to wait a long time for his concentration to catch up with his ability."
Haddad’s patience appeared to pay off at Sandbostel where the eye-catching gelding won the Intermediare II and placed second to Hartwig Burfeind’s Goofy De Lully in both the Grand Prix and the Special. A particularly impressive canter tour boosted the pair’s scores in all three tests.
Haddad commented on her rides: “This horse can show a lot more lift and expression in the piaffe-passage tour. But it’s too much pressure to ask for that in the arena yet. We need a bit more time. I like the canter tour like it is.” Haddad’s placings qualify her with Sir Sherlock JSS for the Elmshorn Horse and Classic Championships at the end of October.
“It was a good start for us and I hope a real confidence builder for Sherlock. I showed him here at Sandbostel six years ago as a young horse and didn’t even get him around the arena! But this is one of the better national shows in Germany for a Grand Prix debut. Good footing, experienced judges and chance to get good work done outside of the major spotlight. The organizer, Sylvia Burfeind, is a top professional and does a good job with many shows in our area.”
Haddad, reserve rider for the US Dressage Team in 2006 with Maximus JSS, has decided not to compete for a spot on the Olympic Team this year. “I’m rooting for the USA and it looks to me like we have plenty of good riders for a strong team. I will stay home and compete in Europe this summer with Maximus and Cadillac on the international tour. Plus I have Sherlock and two other horses almost ready for the national Grand Prix tour. I’m disappointed about missing the chance at an Olympics but this is just not going to be my year to go for it. It was tough decision. I’m relieved that it is finally done.”
Photos by Zoey Hill