The mare is owned by Kay Moss and has been trained by Michael Cabell, along with Degele as co-trainer and rider. Sonata is a coming 5-year-old mare by Sinatra Song and grand-sired by the famous Sandro Hit/Pik Bube. She is an embryo transfer foal out of the mare Berlina, an all around champion at Devon, and is by Brentano II/Hill Hawk. Degele states, “Sonata has amazing bloodlines and is a horse for the future! She gives and amazing uphill feeling with such a free shoulder movement, that makes her a dream to ride.“
Currently, Degele has several adult amateur clients in for the season, including Cara Broderick, who flies her horse back and forth from England to train with Degele. Broderick rode her horse, Duval, to an impressive score of 62.368% in the Third Level, Test 1 during the show.
Degele trains with Lars Peterson on a consistent basis and also continues to attend clinics with Hubertus Schmidt, Steffen Peters and Conrad Schumacher when they come into town. Degele trained with Schmidt for 3 years in Germany (2004-2007) with her stallion, Ramiros. She also bought a 3rd level horse while there named ‘Everybody’s Darling.’ She finished training her to Grand Prix with Schmidt, and brought her to USA to win a USDF Gold medal on her.
For more information on Degele, visit her website at www.heididressage.com.