Katherine Bateson's Rising Star Fine Time Turned Broodmare

Tue, 12/24/2019 - 22:07
Simone Pearce and Fine Time at the 2016 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses :: Photo © Petra Kerschbaum

Fine Time, the rising FEI hopeful which Jane Clark purchased for U.S. Grand Prix rider Katherine Bateson-Chandler, has become a broodmare. 

Fine Time is a 2011 born Oldenburg mare by Furstenball out of Dolce Vita (by Sandro Hit).

The mare was first competed as a 4-year old by Emma Ahlberg in Denmark. She finished 6th at the 2015 Danish Young Horse Championships. Under Simone Pearce she represented Australia at the 2016 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo, The Netherlands, where she finished 11th in the 5-year old finals. The duo also finished 7th at the 2016 Danish Young Horse Championships.

Fine Time was originally owned by Dagmar and Hans-Werner Müller, but right before Ermelo 2016, Danish horse dealer Helgstrand sold her to his Danish business partner Bolette Lyngby Wandt. 

In February 2017 long-time sponsor of U.S Equestrian sport, Jane Forbes Clark purchased the horse as an FEI hopeful for Katherine Bateson-Chandler. 

Unfortunately Fine Time did not become the hoped successor for Bateson's number one Grand Prix horse Alcazar. The mare sustained a career ending injury not long after her arrival in Wellington, Florida. 

"We sold her as she had an injury and now she’s having babies," Bateson told Eurodressage. When asked who now follow in the footsteps of her "I have a bunch of young ones. Hoping at least one or two will be as good!! Or maybe better."

Fine Time sold to Dan & Gina Ruediger of Sonnenberg Farm in Sherwood, Oregon. 

"She's the first Oldenburg Verband mare that we have, but we are excited to cross this impeccably German bred mare with KWPN blood," said Ruediger. "She has been shipped to Holland to gain access to the right KWPN stallions and will be bred there - with hopeful success."

She is expecting two embryo transfer foals in 2020, one by Vivino and one by Le Formidable. 

Photo © Petra Kerschbaum

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