Betsy Steiner Claims Final Sash of the 2020 AGDF Season on Mare Who is ‘The Full Package’

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Posted by Alice Collins for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.


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Wellington, FL – March 15, 2020 – The experienced Betsy Steiner (USA) rounded out the very final class of the 2020 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) season, held at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) on Sunday, March 15. She and Whitney Bailey’s Swiss W won the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by The Dutta Corporation with a commanding 75.592%.

All but one of the 11 starters broke the 70% barrier and U.S. riders filled the top five slots in this class. Jami Kment and Gatino Van Hof Olympia claimed second with 73.558%, and Cesar Parra finished third with 73.175% on GK Don Cesar. The 10th week of AGDF and the 2020 season concludes today due to the Coronavirus.

Photo - Betsy Steiner (USA) and Swiss W are the final winners down the center line for AGDF 2020, claiming the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3* with over 75%. (©️Susan Stickle)

Steiner, who rode for the USA at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, has been coming to AGDF “since the beginning of time,” but this was her first CDI win of the 2020 season.

“I’m amazed, but not shocked because she’s truly a wonderful horse,” said Steiner, who is based in New Jersey and runs a training business with her daughter Jessie. “Swiss puts out so much and she loves showing. You can sit back and enjoy the ride and you see her legs coming out in front of you. She’s an amazing horse, she’s my soulmate, and dream horse."

Steiner rode the 13-year-old by Sir Oldenburg to music by Terry Gallo. “She’s always done all my music and she’s a genius,” she said. “I told Terry that I loved the sky theme music from Outlander, so we incorporated that and added the Celtic music for the trot and a mash-up of Amazing Grace for the pirouettes and Fight Song for the canter. I come down the center line and start the changes as Fight Song comes on and Swiss lights up; the music is fun for her.”

Steiner found the mare accidentally while horse shopping for a client in Munich, Germany, in 2015, and told owner Whitney Bailey that she was too good to pass up.

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Betsy Steiner with Karin Ahlqvist, Vice President of Global Operations for The Dutta Corporation and judge Jane Weatherwax. (Photo - ©️Susan Stickle)

“She’s been mine ever since,” enthused Steiner, who is 69. “She’s so intelligent and logical that she’s made me a better person and a better, more thoughtful trainer. She’s super close to grand prix now and she’s great for me at this point in my career. If I would have had her earlier on, she’s so talented I would probably have pushed and pushed her, but now I do it according to what she wants.

“I think she’s going to be my best grand prix horse. She has everything. She’s drop dead gorgeous, she has the power, she’s got beautiful rhythm, she’s got a great mind and she wants to do the work. I’ve had some wonderful horses, but I think she might be my best so far: the full package.”

The 2020 AGDF season has been an invaluable stepping stone in Steiner and Swiss’s path to the top level, as she has also competed in the national rings, where competition is held every week.

“Global is amazing,” she added. “It’s unique and it offers everything. It really prepares people for big international competition. My horse loves this venue and there’s nothing else like it anywhere.”

Place, rider, nationality, horse, horse information: judge H%, judge C%, judge B%, final score

FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by The Dutta Corp
H, Elke Ebert (GER); C, Jane Weatherwax (USA); B, Christof Umbach (LUX)

1. Betsy Steiner (USA) on Swiss W, H Whitney Bailey’s 13yo Baden-Württemberger mare by Sir Oldenberg: 75.15, 76.125, 75.5, 75.592

2. Jami Kment (USA) on Gatino Van Hof Olympia, her own 9yo KWPN gelding by Apache: 73.175, 72.75, 74.75, 73.558

3. Cesar Parra (USA) on GK Don Cesar, his own 10yo Westfalian gelding by Desperados: 72.775, 74.875, 71.875, 73.175

4. Katie Johnson (USA) on Paxton, Kylee Lourie 9yo Westfalian gelding by Dante Weltino: 74.4, 73.5, 69.875, 72.592

5. Yvonne De Haan (USA) on Winter, Jacek J De Haan’s 17yo Danish Warmblood gelding by Farrington: 75.4, 68.75, 72.375, 72.175

6. Ariana Chia (CAN) on Fiderflame, her own 10yo Oldenberg gelding by Fidertanz: 70.25, 74.75, 71.125, 72.042

7. Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP) on Furst Fiorano Ymas, Yeguada de Ymas S.L.’s 13yo Westfalian gelding by Furst Piccolo: 70.925, 70.75, 72.625, 71.433

8. Karen Pavicic (CRO) on Totem, her own 9yo Hanoverian gelding by Totilas: 71.625, 69.25, 71.75, 70.875

9. Kathy Priest (USA) on Damon’s Fantasy, her own 9yo Oldenburg mare by Damon Hill: 70.825, 71.75, 69.625, 70.733

10. Katlyn Flett (USA) on Zen, her own 16yo KWPN gelding by Riant: 71.7, 70.125, 68.875, 70.233

About the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) is one of the world's largest international and national dressage circuits featuring 7 FEI Dressage events, including a 5* and the only FEI Nations' Cup Series CDIO in North and South America. The AGDF offers more than $600,000 in prize money for the seven international competitions, making it one of the richest circuits in the world. Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena and four outdoor arenas with world-class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area.