Markel/USEF Four-Year-Old Division Sets the Stage
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Update - Alice Tarjan with her own Serenade MF, Hannoverian mare by Sir Donnerhall, wins the first class of the event with an 8.44. In second place it was Alice Tarjan again with Fairouz and Oldenburg mare by Franziskus with a 8.06. In third Kimberly Dougherty with her own Celebration, an Oldenburg Mare Couer d' Amour with an 8.04.
The Four-Year-Old Division sets the stage today for the Markel/USEF National Dressage Young Horse Championships. The first of two tests they be performed in front of a judges' panel Gary Rockwell FEI 5*, Jane Weatherwax FEI 4*, and Lois Yukins, FEI 4*. The first test will count 40% towards their overall scores, and the second test which will be Saturday afternoon will count 60% for a combined score to determine the champions.
The USEF Network will live stream all competition beginning Thursday, August 25. The live stream is only available to US Equestrian members; however, a special promotional code for viewing will be available.
What makes this competition unique is that for the the Four, Five, and Six-Year-Old divisions, the judging panel addresses each rider at the end of the test. On the speaker system for all to hear, their comments on gait, transitions, and submissiveness are discussed. Each gait is scored from a 1-10, and this is announced for spectators as well. This is often helpful to the competitor after the first test, to improve on their presentation.
After winning the 2012 Four-Year-Old National Championship with Hemmingway, Michael Bragdell (Colora, Md.) will ride two horses in the 2017 division. Debonair MF, Maryanna Haymon’s Hanoverian stallion and SenSation HW, Carol McPhee’s Westphalian gelding, will seek to carry Bragdell to another title.
Currently ranked first in the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championship Four-Year-Old division, is Maryanna Haymon’s Hanoverian mare Serenade MF ridden by Alice Tarjan (Frenchtown, N.J.). No stanger to this competiton Tarjan will be looking to add another Four-Year-Old National Championship title to her resume. In 2015 she won with Tiko. Tarjan’s second mount is her own Fairouz, an Oldenburg mare.
Rebekah Mingari (Louisville, Ky.), a developing Young Rider competing in both the Young Rider and Young Horse divisions, will ride Icarus TF, Kerrin Dunn’s KWPN gelding.
They will join a field of 15 combinations when they begin on Thursday, August 24 with the USEF Four-Year-Old Test. The Four-Year-Old National Champion will be determined on Saturday, August 26 following the USEF Four-Year-Old Test.
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