Katherine Bateson-Chandler is an internationally successful dressage rider and trainer, whose efforts have made a name for herself among some of the best in the world. Katherine currently trains in Europe during the summer with British Olympic Team Gold Medalist Carl Hester, and is dedicated to improving both herself and her horses while gaining international exposure at some of the worlds most prestigious dressage competitions.
At age 16, Katherine started working as a groom for six-time Olympian Robert Dover at his New Jersey and Florida farms. She gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working her way up as an Assistant Trainer to Dover through two World Championships and two Olympics games. When Dover retired from competition in 2005, Katherine took over the reins on many of his Jane F. Clark owned mounts.
The transition was highly supported by Clark, as Katherine began her career competing in her first Grand Prix, and qualifying for the national championships on Clark’s Ranier. In 2006, she rode FBW Kennedy to a win in the FEI Grand Prix at the Zada Enterprises LLC Dressage Classic at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL, scoring a 70.208%. In 2010, Katherine and Nartan represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Their efforts contributed to a fourth-place team finish for the US, and the duo individually qualified for the Grand Prix Special.
Aboard Clark’s Wellnetta, Katherine has had great success in the show ring, despite having only been training together a relatively short time before going down centerline. At the 2014 USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, the pair placed 11th in the FEI Grand Prix Test, scoring 69.820%; 10th in the FEI Grand Prix Special with 69.804%; and 10th in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle with an impressive 72.750%.
Katherine has most currently been making headlines with Alcazar, also owned by Clark, as the pair has consistently scored in the top rankings in Grand Prix and also represented the US at an international Nations Cup competition. In 2014 the pair earned the Adequan USDF Dressage (Intermediate II) Horse of the Year title, and wrapped up their European summer tour as the highest-placed American pair at the Dressage at Hickstead CDIO 3*, and in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Comite Equestre De Saumur CDI3* in France. After winning several national Grand Prix classes, Katherine took Alcazar into the international ring in 2015 and the year was highlighted by a tremendous victory in the Grand Prix Special at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 10 CDI-W.
In 2016, Katherine and Alcazar’s Grand Prix Freestyle, set to a compilation of groovy tunes, stole the spotlight several times and earned them the champion title in the CDI3* classes at the Global Dressage Festival. Further adding to their accolades, the combination earned the highest American placing with a 73.450 percent in the Palm Beach Dressage Derby CDI-W presented by Everglades Dressage. While competing in Europe over the summer, she represented the U.S. Nations Cup team at the CDIO3* Odense Horse Festival and placed in the top three at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage Lemieux Grand Prix. At the CHIO Aachen, she claimed a silver medal and assisted the U.S. in winning the inaugural FEI Nations Cup Dressage Series.
Born in Britain, Katherine is a naturalized American citizen and spends her winters based in Wellington, Florida where she trains with US Olympian and Developing Coach for he US Dressage Team Debbie McDonald. Even with her many wins and top placings internationally at the Grand Prix level, Katherine is still as devoted as ever to developing her mounts and advancing in the world of dressage.