Lady Chatterley is “a pretty sharp mare,” says British Olympian Leslie Law.

“We’ve always said if she were in the wild, she would be the last one to get caught by anything because she doesn’t miss anything. She’s a very alert, very sharp and intelligent lady. She knows exactly what’s going on around her. But when it actually comes to the job, she really buckles down and is very workman-like.”

The 13-year-old Holsteiner mare’s international record supports that claim.

Since taking over the reins from Canada’s Lesley Grant in 2019, Law has only once finished outside the top 10 with Lady Chatterley in 15 FEI appearances together. Of those, nine were podium finishes, highlighted by five victories.

This week the pair look poised to add to their record in the Galati Yacht Sales CCI4*-S at TerraNova Equestrian Center in Myakka City, FL, an event they won in 2021.

The 2004 Olympic champion took a firm lead after dressage with a smooth, steady test that earned Law a score of 28.5. It’s a full point higher than their dressage score in 2021. Their personal best at the CCI4*-S is 26.6.

“I was very pleased with my test. Lady Chatterley  felt very relaxed, very supple. She worked really through from behind into the contact. It just allowed me to ride a really good forward positive test. So I was absolutely delighted with her.”

USA’s Alyssa Phillips and Oskar (Coriando x Nicole) sit in second with a dressage score of 29.3 and Great Britian’s Lucienne Bellissimo and Dyri, in third on 31.5.

The CCI4*-S division at TerraNova’s The Event continues Friday with Stadium jumping at 11:15 am, followed by Cross Country on Saturday at 11:40 am.