USA Dressage Goes Global

Monday, July 13, 2015
Posted by Sue Weakley for DressageDaily


U.S. Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor Robert Dover. Photo by Kelly Sanchez
U.S. Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor Robert Dover. Photo by Kelly Sanchez

Robert Dover has had his hands full as the Pan American  USA Team won Gold and now heads into the final Freestyle for the Individual medals. He has helped create a network of high performance riders and horses as well as those leading the way across Europe.  “I want to remember that we have riders doing great things abroad as we go For the gold in Toronto. Thanks to everyone who is making this year a true success .” An unprecedented number of Americans are gaining the valuable experience and exposure that can only be achieved through this effort, made possible by the huge fundraising efforts through the USET Foundation. Pursuing competition wins in top shows in Europe and closer to home. Here are some of the shows and riders as well as the chef d’equipe as part of Team USA.

CDIO5* Horses and Dreams show July 8-12 in Hagen, Germany, the U.S. Nations Cup team finished in seventh place. Team USA was comprised of Shelly Francis on Doktor, Charlotte Jorst on Kastel’s Nintendo, Tuny Page on Woodstock, and Kathleen Raine on Breanna, Team USA Under-25 competitors at Hagen, Chase Hickok on Sagacious HF, and Genay Vaughn on Donarweiss GGF, are under the watchful eye of chef d’equipe Christine Traurig.

Farther north, at the July 4-12 CDIO5* Falsterbo Horse Show in Sweden, Chef d’equipe Betsy Steiner is cheering on Susie Dutta on Currency DC, Brian Haffner on Lombardo LHF, Catherine Haddad Staller on Mane Stream Hotmail, and Devon Kane on Destiny.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler is in the U.K. her summer location training with Carl Hester. She will be going down centerline on Wellnetta at the July 16-19 CDIO3* Dressage at Hickstead.

Young Rider Ayden Uhlir has been competing abroad with her own Sjapoer, and has decided to stay in Germany to continue her training and competition schedule.

Closer to home, the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships in Lexington, Kentucky, is scheduled for July 14-19. Coaches Charlotte Brendahl Baker and George Williams will help guide USA’s younger riders achieve their personal best.

Coming up Endel Ots will be representing America in Verden at the World Young Horse Breeding Championships in both the 5 and 6 year old classes! Christine Traurig will be there as our new Young Horse Coach.