Katryna Evans Gives Stellar Ride to claim Markel/USEF Young Horse Four-Year-Old Dressage National Championship
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Fifteen combinations rode the USEF Four-Year-Old Horse Test for the second time to close out the Markel/USEF Young Horse Four-Year-Old Dressage National Championship. Katryna Evans and Fontenay delivered another stellar performance to claim the title. Evans (Bailey, Colo.) and Dr. Cesar Parra’s Hanoverian gelding (Fürst Jazz x Dakota, Don Frederico) received an overall score of 8.760.
Photo - Katryna Evans and Fontenay (SusanJStickle.com)
“This has been a really cool experience for me; I was really excited to come,” said Evans. “It’s my first time at Festival of Champions, and my first time at Lamplight, which is beautiful, and it’s been a real treat.”
Alice Tarjan (Oldwick, N.J.) and Ierland’s Eden, her Oldenburg mare (Ireland x Lace Eden, Krack C), won Saturday’s class with a score of 8.800 to earn the reserve-champion honors with an overall score of 8.616. Lindsay Holleger and MW Fürstencharmant, Jennifer Vanover’s Oldenburg stallion (Fürstenball x MW Weiss Schwarz, Sir Donnerhall I), were third with an overall score of 8.392 and won the Highest U.S. Bred Horse Award for the division.
Lindsey Holleger (Middletown, N.Y.) and MW Marcario, Jennifer Vanover’s Oldenburg stallion (Morricone x Cilla Amour, San Amour I), won the Best Presented Horse at the Horse Inspection presented by Grayson-Jockey Research Club. It is awarded to the best presented horse at the horse inspection. The ground jury considers condition, grooming, and interaction with the judges.
From the Mixed Zone:
Talk about your test.
Evans: “The test itself, I did start to run out of steam. The poor guy, we’ve only had him a few months, but he has just been taking everything in stride. And I know that his owners are both so excited to have him here and happy that it all came together so wonderfully. He really just has the greatest mind, and even though he lost a little steam, he still was really trying hard. I’m sure that as he gets a little stronger and used to it, the sky is the limit.”
Talk about your horse.
Evans: “I am used to riding and starting young horses, and I’ve never had a four-year-old that was this rideable and manageable, and this fun. I think that this has been a very good learning experience for me, even just watching the other riders. We’re surrounded by a really good, competitive group, and I think that the judges did a really good job of judging fairly and offering some very constructive comments.”
Tarjan: “This one I got from a good friend of mine over in Denmark. I got her as a two year old and we broke her last year. She was actually quite difficult to break, I didn’t think we were going to get the job done, Kasey Perry-Glass’s husband Dana Glass broke her, and it took a couple of months. She has turned into a really reliable horse.
“It’s funny, people will tell you ‘oh 30 days under saddle, they look so easy!’ and I don’t know. I think you need at least six months to really know. I think that it’s going to be a good grand prix horse; she just needs a little time. Right now, she actually is super easy, and very reliable.
“I was really happy with my scores. I really believe in the horse and I think she’s going to be a really good grand prix horse.”
Holleger: He’s the sweetest boy. He is so reliable, so sweet. I broke him, and he’s just so easy, he’s so sweet he’s so game. He’s a stallion, but he goes around like a perfect gentleman all of the time. I love him to death.”
Watch the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions live stream presented by Adequan® this week on USEF Network.