Charlotte Bredahl-Baker – Trainer, Competitor and Successful Breeder
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
As a competitor and trainer, one thing that has most thrilled Charlotte in recent years is the competitive success of her own young horses. She bought her first stallion—a black, 5 year old 17-hand Hanoverian named Windfall CB — in Denmark and imported him in 2000. Windfall, who is out of St Pr St Fergie by Weltmeyer, was the 2001 USDF Third Level Horse of the Year with a median score of 72 percent. In 2002, he was the Hanoverian Horse of the Year at Fourth Level. Also in 2002, he was approved as a breeding stallion by the American Hanoverian Society. He has also been approved by the ISR, the Oldenburg Verband and the Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar. In 2004, he was named the USDF Horse of the Year in Intermediaire I with a median score of 71 percent. He was also named AHS High Score of FEI that year. He has turned out to be an extremely successful breeding stallion. "All his babies are so trainable. They all have very light mouths," Charlotte said.
At the FEI level, she'll be spotted in the show ring with the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Eskada. Eskada has been training for the Grand Prix and Charlotte is looking toward competing him at that level in 2010.
One of Charlotte's riding highlights in 2009 wasn't in the show ring, but performing a popular and entertaining Pas de Deux during the 2009 Dressage World Cup in Las Vegas with Liberty Light, owned by Cathey Cadieux. "The Pas de Deux competition was incredibly well received and it was really fun. I think that's one of the things we really need to do for the sport of dressage is to do some things that are just fun without so many rules. I had SO MUCH fun doing that John Travolta move coming down centerline. I think we need to do more things like that Pas de Deux in order to attract sponsors to the sport and to get people to come," Charlotte said. "Essentially, we need to do things that get people to bring their families and friends. I also participated in the reining challenge at the 2009 Dressage World Cup and that was also a lot of fun. People really love it when you are out of your element."
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