BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- A local girl has a lot to celebrate! She qualified to compete in an exclusive horse competition, winning the entire show. Her competition is known as Dressage, known as the highest expression of horse training.
"Winning was just a fabulous experience, definitely one of the highlights of my career so far," said Katrin Dagge.
This is the moment Katrin Dagge will never forget. Her horse "Lover" proudly wearing his awards, after the duo scored the most points, winning a prestigious dressage competition called the Festival of Champions.
"He knew he had done something great, the horses, you can really feel the excitement when they have their ribbon on and they wear there championship blanket."
Kati was one of 12 who qualified to compete in the invite only competition, often known as "horse ballet."
"In the victory gallop he is jumping up and down, he knew, he knew he'd won," said Dagge.
So we asked the Bonita Springs rider, 'how do you get a 1,200 pound horse to do what you want it to do?'
"He wouldn't do it if he didn't want to, you can't force him to do anything he doesn't want to, it's not a matter of strength, it's a matter of partnership."
But, the road Katie and Lover are on has been a long one, countless hours and pure dedication have contributed to their success.
"It's just such a great feeling to go there, win on a horse that I developed and that I know, he's my best friend, I love him."
The duo competed against the best of the best.
"It's all about seat and position, correctness of the aids, getting the horse to respond to the slightest move, in dressage, less is more," Dagge told WINK News.
And Kati tells WINK News, the first time her and lover competed in a grand prix competition was in February. Katrin is also a trainer in Bonita Springs. To contact her, click here.