Micaela Mabragana and Diamond Rosso Earn CDI3* Grand Prix Win at Dressage at Devon

Saturday, October 1, 2022
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Friday evening at Dressage at Devon welcomed a packed roster of international riders, with the CDI3* Grand Prix to qualify for the Grand Prix Special presented by Equiline, taking center stage in the Dixon Oval.

Photo - Micaela Mabragana and Diamond Rosso

Prior to the start of the CDI Grand Prix classes, Dressage at Devon welcomed several exciting exhibitions to the arena. First in was the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association (DVCTA) Quadrille Team, who frequently attends the event. Dressage at Devon was started by DVCTA members officially in 1975, and many DVCTA members still volunteer at the show.  Several DVCTA members have served and are on the current Board of Directors. DVCTA is a beneficiary of Dressage at Devon, who is proud to help support the tradition that the show was founded on. The team put on a stellar coordinated performance, dancing to Roaring 20’s themed music under the lights.

DVCTA Quadrille Team

DVCTA Quadrille Team
DVCTA Quadrille Team (Photo: Emma Miller)

Guy McLean, an Australian horseman well-known for his horsemanship exhibitions and clinics around the world, was also welcomed into the Dixon Oval with his four-horse team. McLean demonstrated impressive feats with the horses, only one of which he rode while the others followed his instructions without tack of any kind. McLean is always a crowd-favorite at Dressage at Devon — he will return for more exhibitions on Saturday, and on Sunday will host a clinic titled “The Method Behind the Magic,” where he will detail how he trains his teams of horses.

The CDI3* Grand Prix Special qualifier was first of the two evening classes to begin, offering up The Valerie Kahn Memorial Trophy and entry into Saturday evening’s CDI3* Grand Prix Special.

Micaela Mabragana of Argentina and Diamond Rosso, a 12-year-old Hannoverian gelding owned by Marjaleena Berger, clinched the victory with a score of 64.435%. The pair was rewarded for their trot extensions, canter extensions, one-tempis and passage, frequently scoring 7.5’s in the movements. Canada’s Ashley Rand and Heimdals Champ, her own 13-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, finished in second place with 56.935%. 


Micaela Mabragana – CDI3* Grand Prix for the Special Winner

On why she chose special vs. freestyle:

“This is the first year we are doing the grand prix, it’s new and I didn’t really have a freestyle made at this point. I did want to get my feet wet in a CDI, so that’s why we picked the special.”

On the atmosphere of Dressage at Devon:

“I love it here — I was so looking forward to coming back to Devon. It’s such a special show. Even though the class is a little bit smaller, the place has so much history. You go into the Dixon Oval and feel like, ‘wow.’ I’m really proud, lucky and honored to be here. It’s great to do these kinds of shows. The atmosphere, the lights, the parade going on…everything just has a different vibe. So I think we have to keep this show very much alive.” 

On getting her start in the United States:

“I came here when I was seventeen to become a working student for Lendon Gray. I was working with her for five years, and then I started my own business. That was the beginning of my career, with Lendon. It was through her and her opportunities that she gave me that I was able to do it. The last time I was in this room I was a young rider – I had the right horse, another chestnut with four white socks. It was a chestnut affaire.”

On Diamond Rosso’s future:

“I don’t want to jinx anything, but I would like to be able to do the Florida circuit with him and be able to represent Argentina at the Pan American games. I’m training with Antonio Diaz Porras — he is from Spain, and is my partner. I actually met him in the Pan Am games of 2015 because he was the coach for the Argentinian team. He was in Spain, but just came here in March. So we are running things together. He does more of the sales horses, I do more of the clients. We are a good team.”


CDI3* Grand Prix Special Qualifier, presented by Equiline

Rider / Country / Horse / Owner / Score
1. Micaela Mabragana / ARG / Diamond Rosso / Marjaleena Berger / 64.345
2. Ashley Rand / CAN / Heimdals Champ / Ashley Rand / 56.935