American Grand Prix rider Katherine Bateson Chandler has made her show debut aboard Jeannette Haazen's former top ride Nartan (by Jazz x Le Faquin). At a national Dutch show in Roosendaal, the combination scored 69.25% in the Grand Prix. Bateson's sponsor Jane Clarke acquired Nartan at the beginning of May as U.S. team WEG hopeful. "I came literally with my saddle and my suitcase!" Catherine told DressageDaily. "Nartan is one of the most classically trained horses I have ever ridden.
Jeannette is only about 5ft 3 inches tall so it has been an adjustment for him to get used to my longer legs. He has a fantastic temperament and we have been adjusting to each other more everyday with the help of our interpreters Jeannette and her husband Chris!" Bateson-Chandler has been staying in Belgium to train with Haazen for almost two months now.
"Jane and I decided it was the best thing, considering our time constraints for qualifying for Gladstone to keep Nartan in his own stable and for Chris and Jeannette to train us." Catherine added. "They have been absolutely incredible and generous with their time and have invited me into their stable with open arms which has made life being away from home much easier! I am here on my own so I can really concentrate on him and get to know him in all ways not just under saddle. I think this part is so important especially for me as I love to really get to know them on the ground."
The combination will now try to obtain qualification scores to be invited to the U.S. WEG Selection Trials in Gladstone, NJ, in July. Bateson-Chandler and Nartan are scheduled to compete at the CDI Vidauban in France (18-20 June) and CDI Fritzens in Austria (25-27 June) the upcoming weeks.
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