Patricia Koschel has won with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award not only for her excellent riding skills during this year’s Global Dressage Festival, but also for inspiring and encouraging other fellow adult amateur riders to join the admirable sport of dressage. This is not the first year that Koschel’s name has stood out. Last year, she pioneered the new CDI Amateur division in the Global Dressage Festival.
From Germany, Koschel rides her own 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding named Leuchtfeuer DE. Their relationship goes deep as she has been riding him since he was four years old. According to her, Leuchtfeuer DE was horrible to ride at the beginning, hence why all of their improvements and achievements make her so proud. During this year’s Global Dressage Festival, Koschel and Leuchtfeuer DE continued to show progress as they scored first and second place in the Intermediate I with a total of 69.386% and a 68.421% in the Prix St. Georges.
Aside from scoring big with Leuchtfeuer DE, Koschel also values the importance of the Amateur divisions within the sport. According to her, more people should join the sport through these divisions instead of immediately starting to compete against professionals in the CDI Grand Prix. Not pacing yourself as a rider will most likely lead you to earn low 60% scores and make it hard for your to win a ribbon. Koschel used herself as an example when she explained that her and her horse are total rookies and because they still haven’t been able to have the one-tempis down yet, she decided to focus on training without any pressure and try for the Grand Prix next year when they’re fully ready.
This wise attitude towards the sport, as well as her impressive performance in the recent Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges class, led Piaffe Performance Farm to reward her with the Piaffe Performance Adult Amateur Achievement Award. Dr. Cesar Parra, owner of Piaffe Performance Farm and Olympian and Pan American Games Gold Medalist, as well as Katie Riley, Assistant Trainer at Piaffe Performance Farms, awarded Koschel and Leuchtfeuer DE with the tri-color Piaffe Performance ribbon. According to Parra, this achievement strives to recognize Adult Amateur riders, like Koschel, for their hard work, for excelling in and outside the ring, and for their continued dedication to the sport. As Riley mentioned, Koschel and Leuchtfeuer DE made a lovely combination to watch and Piaffe Performance Farms can’t wait to see them next year in the Grand Prix ring.