David Blake - West Coast Contender - Primed for Pan Am and Beyond
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Posted by Holly Jacobson
Blake earned his gold medal in 2000 and purchased his first horse Catapult from Suze Randall in Malibu, CA. With Catapult, he won the Markel/USEF National FEI 6 year-old Championships in Lexington, KY in 2006. In 2007, he purchased Lord Albert from Sharon Garner and won the West Coast FEI 5 year-old Championships. They went on to compete in The World Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany in 2008.
Blake, currently, trains and works at Arroyo Del Mar in San Diego, CA with Shannon and Steffen Peters. He operates David Blake Dressage, Inc., which he started in 2004 in Thousand Oaks, CA, where Blake trains horses and riders from training level through the Grand Prix. He also runs a successful sales business and teaches monthly clinics in Texas, Washington State, Illinois and California.
With the Olympics as the ultimate goal, Blake hopes to compete internationally in the near future. But he concedes that coordinating financial support is key. “It’s always a tough juggle between owning your own business and being able to travel for showing purposes.” Blake is seeking enough sponsorship to sustain his business and help travel costs to compete overseas and on the east coast.
In 2009, the Medal Equestrian Foundation added Blake to their list of high performance riders. The program offers potential sponsors a tax deduction for the contributions, making it easy to help riders fulfill their dreams.
“I would love the chance to ride more FEI horses for private sponsors,” says Blake. At this stage, Blake finds himself in the enviable position of securing good horses to ride. It’s the place where years of hard work, talent and belief in one’s abilities starts to be recognized. For Blake, the future looks bright and the passion runs deep. “At the sake of cheesiness, my life with horses means everything. It’s all I ever have done and, hopefully, all I ever will.”
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