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Natalie Pai

Climbing to the Top

Climbing to the Top

At 22 years old, Natalie Pai is a rising star in the sport of dressage. With Nations Cup and NAYC medals, titles at the Brentina Cup and experience competing in Europe, Natalie has a bright future and the passion to pursue it. Though horses have always been part of her life, Natalie didn’t begin seriously competing until she reached high school. Instead, she spent her days playing with her horses and rescued animals on her family’s farm, Canaan Ranch in Middleburg, Virginia.

Dressage & Diplomas

Natalie spent her first winter in Florida during high school and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere of Wellington. “It’s so special because it’s like Disney World for horses!” Natalie said. “There are so many things to do during the season; it’s always great to escape the cold and have 12 weeks of shows to choose from.” Being surrounded by top dressage riders, as well as leading jumpers, eventers and polo players, has inspired Natalie to improve her riding.

Athlete Performance

A Strong Support System

A Strong Support System

Riding on a team isn’t an everyday experience for most equestrians. Though dressage is typically an individual sport, Natalie appreciates any opportunity to ride on a team. She’s also won team silver and gold with the United States at the Wellington Nations Cup. “Riding on a team is such a fun opportunity. I’ve made some of my best friends at the championships. My ultimate dream is to represent the United States on the senior team one day,” she said.

Questions & Answers

How has being Discover Dressage helped your progress or growth in the sport ?

The Discover Dressage program gives young riders the opportunity to train with some of the top trainers in the country. Being a part of the program has provided me opportunities to have select one-on-one training with George Williams and Charlotte Bredahl-Baker. Having a program like this is crucial to helping develop the up and coming riders who will be the future of Dressage in America.

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