In the midst of the battle between the European Dressage Dames, American Tara Stegen is having a quest on her own. At the CDI Munich, Germany, Stegen made her European debut aboard the Dutch warmblood Kamir. In the Prix St Georges the flamboyant duo scored 57.25% which ranked them 15th. The Intermediaire I showed some improvement which resulted in a 59.15% mark and a 14th place.
The St Georges was bested by German Hubertus Schmidt aboard the Hanoverian Barclay (by Brentano II). This winning combination received 72.20% from the panel of judges. In the Intermediaire I, Isabell Werth presented Madeleine Winter-Schulze's Oldenburger Apache OLD (by Alabaster). Chestnuts seem to fit Werth, as this is her fifth internationally winning chestnut mount (the "Chestnut List" includes Fabienne, Gigolo, Aleppo, Apache and Agnelli). The pair put 71.40% on the score board. Anky van Grunsven dominated the Grand Prix on Gestion Idool with 71.28%.
Originally from Wellington, Florida, Tara Stegen has been in training with Sjef Janssen and Anky van Grunsven for the last eight months. Stegen flew The Netherlands together with her steady trainer Robert Dover in the summer of 2000 and has stayed there since then. With Kamir (by Focus x G. Ramiro Z) she hopes to perfect her riding and training style and gain valuable experience on European soil.