The Weather Wins the War at the 2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions; Five New National Champions Crowned

June 11, 2009 | Dressage Daily

Catherine Bateson-Chandler and Dea II - 2009 USEF Intermediaire National Champion

The Intermediaire I Championship was also decided by two classes instead of three as originally scheduled. This exciting group of up-and-coming horses put on a great effort in Friday’s Prix St. Georges and Saturday’s Intermediaire I test. They didn’t get a chance to perform their Freestyle today but Katherine Bateson-Chandler made it pretty clear that she wasn’t going to easily relinquish her top spot with Dea II.

“I would have liked to have done it,” Bateson-Chandler said. “I was really excited and I love my music. So I’m disappointed but I trust the management. I believe she would have been good.” Her winning scores of 73.105% in the Prix St. Georges and 74.579% in the Intermediaire I meant that Bateson-Chandler claimed her first National Championship. She was also third with Rutherford. Both exciting small tour horses are owned by Jane Forbes Clark. Katherine Bateson-Chandler.

Bateson-Chandler had Jan Brons hot on her heels with Teutobod. The pair of Wellington-based riders are great friends and their rivalry was fierce. “I was all geared up to do it,” said Brons. “It was that close.” “Jan was in fighting form,” said Bateson-Chandler.