American World Championship team member Betsy Steiner began riding at the age of 13. Her first horse was an unruly Palomino mare named Zsa Zsa. Although three-day eventing first drew Betsy into the competitive arena, it was a year at Christilot Boylen's barn that cemented Betsy's devotion to dressage. An unquenchable desire to thoroughly immerse herself in dressage led her to spending more than two years in Germany with Egon von Neindorff. It was endless lunge lessons in Germany that Betsy credits with developing her seat. In the years since her first grand prix at the age of 20 Betsy has enjoyed working with such luminaries as Uwe Steiner, Herbert Rehbein, Kathy Connelly, Guenter Seidel, Robert Dover and Klaus Balkenhol.
During Betsy's career, she has successfully trained many horses to Grand Prix including Unanimous, Metternich, Hilltop‚ Giotto, Ortac and Komtur. With grand prix wins at prestigious shows around the country, Betsy has enjoyed success at the highest levels for more than three decades. A USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist, Betsy has had a multiple of FEI wins including Grand Prix sweeps and same-show victories in Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special and Freestyle.
Among the highlights of this illustrious career occurred when Betsy represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990 aboard her Dutch Warmblood, Unanimous.
More recently Betsy enjoyed a partnership with Rainer. The dynamic duo dominated the dressage arena from May of 2000 to June of 2001, winning the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the CDI in Raleigh, the CDI Grand Prix at Paxton Farm in Cincinnati, and the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special at Ox Ridge in New York. Arriving in Florida, Betsy and Rainier reigned supreme with victories in the most competitive classes, including a 73.9% in the Grand Prix Special at Wellington, scoring 71% and 70% respectively in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at the Dressage Derby in Loxahatchee, and a 71% in the Grand Prix and a 76.58% for the Grand Prix Freestyle at the Heidelberg Cup in Clarcona. Rainier and Betsy were top contenders at the trials for the 2002 World Equestrian Games when they experienced a debilitating setback when Rainier sustained an injury.
While teaching, training and competing, Betsy also maintains an active interest in the promotion of dressage. She has served as the equestrian representative on the Athlete's Advisory Council to the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1992-1994; chairman of the Active Competitor s Committee from 1992-1999; provided commentary for videos of the 1995 World Cup, the 1996 Olympic Games and Dressage at Devon in 2001; and has authored numerous educational articles for top equestrian periodicals including Practical Horseman and Dressage TODAY. Betsy is currently serving on the USET Dressage Committee.
Betsy looks forward to new adventures in the international ring in the coming years.
As a fitness advocate for the equestrian, Betsy has developed a sport specific workout, which she calls "Equilates". Combining the principles of Pilates with related equestrian exercise; she has created a unique system beneficial to all riders and will be conducting Equilates clinics throughout the U.S., along with her dressage agenda.