Who's Who Update - Suzanne Dansby-Phelps

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Of the top 23 ranked horses and riders for the Grand Prix Selection Trials to date, Suzanne and Cooper are the least experienced at showing at the Grand Prix level. With only a handful of Grand Prix rides behind them, the pair held their own admirably among the tough Olympic bound competitors. “He went into the ring consistently listening with an honest and open heart, in "searching the path" to learning to ride at the Grand Prix level.” said Suzanne. “He is truly a phenomenal horse”

Her other mount Kasper, reached the Grand Prix level in 2004, topped of the season at Dressage at Equestrian Estates, and received a score of 65.208% in their second Grand Prix ever.

Suzanne has been a part of the World Championship and Olympic efforts as the former owner if Devereaux, who was ridden by Robert Dover at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in den Haag, the Netherlands where as the youngest and least experienced horse at the WEG, he anchored the team by winning 5th place overall. Later sold to Irish rider Heike Holstein, Devereaux retuned to Suzanne’s backyard in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games. A very pregnant Suzanne was invited by Holstein’s trainer Reiner Klimke to come behind the scenes to watch.

Remembering the recently deceased KWPN Gelding by Wagener, Suzanne said, “Devereaux was the barn clown, and demanded attention any time someone walked into the barn, by kicking his stall door, then positioning his head into an unusually high stretch, in hopes for someone to stop and scratch it underneath the jawbone.

Nicknamed “Devon” by then groom, Katherine Bateson, Suzanne’s daughter, who was born just one week after the Olympic Games was named Elizabeth Devon Mott Phelps, in honor of Devereaux.

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