Meet Katherine Bateson-Chandler
Katherine Bateson-Chandler is an internationally successful dressage rider and trainer, and her efforts in the competition arena have made a name for herself among some of the best in the world. Currently she trains each summer in Europe with 2012 Team Gold Medalist Carl Hester and also gains international exposure competing in Europe. At age 16, she started working as a groom for Robert Dover at his New Jersey and Florida, farms. She also worked as Dover’s assistant trainer, learning from the 6-time Olympian and world-renowned trainer. Bateson-Chandler gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, and was Dover’s wing “woman” at two World Championships and two Olympics.
Katherine took over the reins in 2005 when Robert Dover retired from competition. She began her career by competing in her first Grand Prix and made it to the National Championships on Ranier. In 2006, she rode FBW Kennedy to a win in the FEI Grand Prix at the Zada Enterprises, LLC, Dressage Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, scoring a 70.208%. From the start there was no question that her hard work was paying off.
With success ahead and behind, Katherine began her own training business in 2008. In 2010, Katherine and Nartan represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. They helped the US to a fourth-place team finish and individually qualified for the Grand Prix Special. Born in Britain, Katherine became an American citizen and is based in Wellington, Florida. She has had multiple wins at both the small tour and Grand Prix level, and has enjoyed exceptional career success with the support of Jane Forbes Clark, owner of Alcazar, Katherine’s top current mount.
This year, Katherine and Alcazar won over the crowd and the judges with a sensational first place performance in the CDI 4* Grand Prix Freestyle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. They went on to compete for the United States alongside the country’s top riders in the 2017 Uggerhalne, Denmark Nations Cup, and then helped Team USA claim the bronze at the 2017 Hickstead FEI CDIO3* Nations Cup. The duo plans on continuing to train and compete together throughout the 2017-2018 winter season.