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Hickstead, England – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team takes aim at the FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO3* Hickstead from July 27-30. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover will guide the U.S. team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Susan Dutta, Chase Hickok, and Charlotte Jorst.
Riding against three other teams, the U.S. combinations will compete in the following order:
Susan Dutta and Currency DC are solid international competitors, having spent numerous summers competing in Europe. In 2016, they finished third in the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI3* Deauville and fifth in the Grand Prix Freestyle at CDI4* Cappeln. Dutta and the 2000 Oldenburg gelding had a quiet start to the competition season, but still managed top-ten finishes at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in March.
Katherine Bateson-Chandler with Jane Clark’s Alcazar began 2017 with top-four finishes during the winter circuit at the AGDF. Bateson-Chandler and the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding began their summer in Europe by representing the U.S. in the FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO4* Uggerhalne.
The pair will strive for a solid performance in their second Nations Cup appearance of the year.
Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo Kastel Denmark’s Kastel’s Nintendo had a very successful start to 2017 with several top-three finishes in the spring. Jorst and the 2003 Dutch Warmblood stallion earned top-ten finishes at Rotterdam and Falsterbo.
They joined Hickok and Sagacious HF on the Falsterbo team and intend to have a great performance at Hickstead.
Chase Hickok and Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s Sagacious HF will compete in their second Nations Cup after having a strong showing at CDIO5* Falsterbo a few weeks ago. They finished second in the Grand Prix Freestyle and fourth in the Grand Prix at Falsterbo. Hickok and the 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding hope to continue their momentum as they head into Hickstead.
Update from Robert Dover Friday July 28
"Our Nation's Cup Team of Susie Dutta, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Charlotte Jorst, and Chase Hickok, are standing in a very close 2nd place to the French going into the first night with 2 legs still ahead in the show.
Chase was super with Sagacious and 2nd with 71.5+% and Charlotte was less than a 10th of a point behind the Dutch pair with 70.88% on Nintendo!
Katherine and Alcazar did super as well to give us a strong score of 69.5+% and Suzie Dutta did a lovely job to lead off our team here today. These are a great group of athletes and horses with wonderful grooms, personal trainers, and loving family members.
Now, on to the GP Special tomorrow where we will see Katherine and Chase go after the leaders like Americans always do!"
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