Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF Convince in the CDI-W Grand Prix at Dressage at Devon

Saturday, October 1, 2022
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Megan Lane and Zodiac MW
Megan Lane and Zodiac MW (Photo: Emma Miller)

Friday evening at Dressage at Devon welcomed a packed roster of international riders, with the CDI-W Grand Prix to qualify for the Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Equiline, taking center stage in the Dixon Oval. While the Kingsview Partners Roaring 20’s Party took place overlooking the action, Alice Tarjan secured a victory with Serenade MF.

Photo - Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF (Emma Miller)

In the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle qualifier, Canada’s Vanessa Creech Terauds was the first in the Dixon Oval with Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale’s 13-year-old Hanoverian mare Fleur De Lis L. The longtime partnership earned a score of 64.826% to set the bar for the class. Last year’s CDI-W Grand Prix winner, Michael Bragdell and Qredit Hilltop, a 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Hilltop Farm Inc., went in to perform shortly after, taking over the top spot on the leaderboard with a score of 66.391%.

It was not until Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF, her 9-year-old Oldenburg mare, rode down centerline that Bragdell and Qredit Hilltop were challenged. The combination, who were named the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Champions just last month in the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, laid down a consistent and expressive test to score 71.804%. 

Shannon Stevens and Ferrari, her own 12-year-old KWPN gelding, were next in the ring, sliding into the third place position with a score of 65.609%. Canada’s Megan Lane and Zodiac MW, an 18-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Lane and Deer Ridge Equestrian, were last to ride, setting their sights on besting Tarjan’s score. They put forth a strong effort to earn a score of 67%, and settled for second place. At the wrap of the class, it was Tarjan who was presented with The Phyllis Corl Memorial Perpetual Trophy and a prize from Equiline in the awards ceremony. Lane went home with second place, while Bragdell finished in third with Qredit Hilltop.

Competition at Dressage at Devon will resume Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 a.m. The CDI3* Grand Prix Special, presented by BioStar, will kick off at 5:50 p.m., and the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Kingsview Partners, will begin at 8:00 p.m.


Alice Tarjan – CDI-W Grand Prix for the Freestyle Winner

On her ride with Serenade MF:

Michael Bragdell and Qredit Hilltop
Michael Bragdell and Qredit Hilltop (Photo: Emma Miller)

“It wasn’t what we had in the warm up, but it’s always a work in progress. Hopefully tomorrow will be better and we have a better horse tomorrow. It’s an ongoing process to try and get the quality I can get in the warmup in the ring, but she doesn’t let you down, she really tries her heart out.”

On riding in Thursday’s Masterclass with Sabine Schut-Kery:

“I think it was a great idea. They had a fantastic turn out, it was really exciting to see so many people in the stands. She was great to work with and was a lot of fun. It was great exposure for that horse. It’s hard to duplicate this kind of atmosphere, so I think the more the horse’s see it the better.”

On Dressage at Devon:

“I think it’s a fantastic show — that’s why I came, to show support. It would be great to see it go forward in the future. You have a crowd and they’re closer to the arena, definitely more spectators here than other U.S. shows, so that’s exciting. I would have never thought I’d come back and win. The first time I came here I had cancer. I thought, ‘this is so cool…if I can live long enough, I just want to come back and ride here. It’s been a journey.”


CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle Qualifier, presented by Equiline

Rider / Horse / Owner / Score
1. Alice Tarjan / USA / Serenade MF / Alice Tarjan / 71.804
2. Megan Lane / CAN / Zodiac MW / Megan Lane and Deer Ridge Equestrian / 67
3. Michael Bragdell / USA / Qredit Hilltop / Hilltop Farm Inc. / 66.391
4. Shannon Stevens / USA / Ferrari / Shannon Stevens / 65.609
5. Abraham Pugh / USA / Elfenperfekt / Alice Drayer / 64.913
6. Vanessa Creech-Terauds / CAN / Fleur De Lis L / Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale / 64.826
7. Kymberley Pullen / USA / Hot Date / Hot Date Syndicate / 64.022
8. Silva Martin / USA / Belrano Gold / Pferdes LLC / 61.783
9. Stephanie Lowery / USA / Devan / Stephanie Lowery / 49.652