At the 2012 Gold Coast Opener in Wellington, HGF Rider Mica Mabragan debuted 11 year old Cuatrero in the National PSG and Intermediare I. Cuatrero (Cuatrera x Adelante) is the younger brother to Grandioso III, 2011 Grand Prix Champion of Spain. Cuatrero was last competed in early 2008 at 2nd level. Shortly after he went to Courtney King Dye, who was preparing him for the small tour at the time of her injury. Cuatrero returned to Hampton Green Farm, but developed a hoof condition that took many months to correct. Thanks to the patience and skills of Dr. John Steele and HGF farrier Mike Phillips, Cuatrero returned to work with Mica last summer. On Friday, in his first class in four years and first time ever at FEI-level, the pair placed in the PSG with a green 62%. On Saturday, Cuatrero was more on his game and Mica rode a beautiful Inter-1 to win the close-scoring class with 65.6. A spontaneous round of applause after the ride from the attending Judges' forum topped off the morning.
Mica Mabragana is a rising young star on the Florida dressage scene, but her resume is already full of accomplishments including several years of Grand Prix experience. At 25 years old, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mica has been HGF's resident rider for two years in Wellington. After many years in New York as a working student for Lendon Gray, Mica started her own business in 2011.
She is a USDF Certified instructor (Training through 4th level), and a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist. She represented Argentina at the NAJYRC 2007 on Ballywhim Ardan Mor and at the Young Rider World Cup 2007 in Germany on Granada, Oded Shimoni's recent mount for Israel at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Mica has won several CDI classes as a Young Rider and in 2010 made her Grand Prix debut. At the Region 8 Championships in both 2010 and 2011, Mica was Grand Prix Reserve Champion on Sam Grunkorn's Nexus, whom she is also showing at the International Grand Prix this winter. In 2011, Mica was invited to represent Argentina in the Pan Americans last year with HGF's Idilio.
Mica has been riding HGF's bay stallion Cuatrero with Robert Dover this winter and plans to show in the small tour in CDIs starting in February, moving on to the Grand Prix after the winter season. Cuatrero shows considerable talent for the Grand Prix, as his brother did prior to leaving the US for Spain. Hampton Green Farm is a breeding and training operation, specializing in PRE Horses for High Performance.