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The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team Set Sights on FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ France

U.S. Dressage European Young Rider Tour kicks off at the Compiègne CDI-Y

by US Equestrian Communications Department | May 17, 2019, 2:16 PM EST

Lexington, Ky. - The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team is headed to their first European team competition of the year for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ France from May 18-19 at Les Internationaux de Dressage in Compiègne. Led by U.S. Dressage Development Coach Charlotte Bredahl, the team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Heather Blitz, Shelly Francis, and Nick Wagman will go head-to-head with six other teams when competition gets underway on Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. 

Additionally, U.S. Dressage European Young Rider Tour athletes Ben Ebeling, Callie Jones, and Kayla Kadlubek kick off their European competition with the Compiègne CDI-Y on Friday, May 17. The Tour is a link to the Discover Dressage™ USEF/USDF Emerging Athlete Program and an opportunity for the athletes to gain valuable experience abroad. The Tour will conclude with a team competition at the CDIO-Y Hagen in June.

Meet the Team

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Katherine Bateson-Chandler (Wellington, Fla.) and Alcazar, Jane Clark’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Follow Bateson-Chandler on Facebook (@KBCdressage) and Instagram (@kbcdressage).




Heather Blitz (Wellington, Fla.) and Semper Fidelis, Rowan O’Riley’s 13-year-old Oldenburg mare. Follow Blitz on Facebook (@heatherblitzmindyourriding) and Twitter (@heatherblitz).




Shelly Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Follow Francis on Facebook (@shellyfrancisdressage).




Nick Wagman (San Diego, Calif.) and Don John, Beverly Gepfer’s 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Follow Wagman on Facebook (@NickWagmanDressage) and Instagram (@nickwagman).




Last Time Out

Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar last competed at the 2019 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) 12, winning the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle and placing in the top three in the CDI4* Grand Prix.

Blitz and Semper Fidelis most recently competed at the 2019 Tryon Spring Dressage I CDI3*, placing in the top 10 in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special.

Francis and Danilo most recently won the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Hagen CDI4*.

Wagman and Don John most recently competed at the Del Mar National CDI-W, earning top three placings in the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix.

Career Highlights

Bateson-Chandler: Member of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) Lexington 2010 U.S. Dressage Team

Blitz: Guadalajara 2011 Pan-American Games U.S. Dressage Team gold medalist and individual silver medalist

Francis: 2018 FEI Dressage World Cup Final competitor; traveling reserve for the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team (Rio 2016); member of the WEG Rome 1998 U.S. Dressage Team

Wagman: 2018 USEF Grand Prix Dressage Reserve National Champion with Don John at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions

Competition Information

FEI TV will stream all three phases of the competition, beginning with the Grand Prix at 4:15 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 18. Watch the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special live on USA Dressage Facebook.

Order of go and results can be found here.

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The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF sponsors and members.