U.S. Olympian, dressage coach and youth mentor Charlotte Bredahl will join Elise Gaston Chand for conversation Friday, March 29, on the Because of Horses podcast. Originally from Denmark, Bredahl moved to California at the age of 20 with little more than a suitcase and the dream of becoming an elite equestrian. Known for her compassion, work ethic and commitment to personal growth, Bredahl quickly rose to the Grand Prix level. She has competed 42 horses over 37 years, many of whom she developed herself.
Bredahl is perhaps best known for her breathtaking performances on the quirky and sensitive Monsieur, her partner on the bronze medal winning team for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. She returned to the international spotlight in 1997, riding Lugano to the silver medal in the North American Championships. Bredahl trained both horses from start to the Grand Prix level. For Bredahl, riding and training has never been about winning ribbons. She loves the process of developing horses and has turned her focus almost exclusively to coaching and training others.
In 2018, Bredahl was appointed the US Equestrian Federation (USEF) Dressage Development Coach, which will allow her to help athletes to reach elite performance goals. Previously, she worked as the USEF Assistant Youth Coach and from 2009-2011, was the featured clinician for the US Dressage Federation (USDF) Adult Clinic Series, teaching riders in each of the country’s nine regions. She was presented the USDF Gold Medal of Distinction and named a USDF Honorary Instructor.
Bredhal is a USEF “S,” FEI four-star dressage judge and has officiated all around the world. In addition, she served as a selector for the 2008 Olympic and 2010 World Equestrian Games teams.
Bredhal’s true passion remains the training process, and helping the horse to become the best athlete possible. Her training methods are kind, fair, and look out for the horse’s best interests at all times.
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