Nick Wagman Continues Grand Prix Wins with the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Dressage National Championships Championship

Sunday, August 25, 2019
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Nick Wagman cemented the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Dressage National Championship following the USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Test. He and Ferano, Elizabeth Keadle’s nine-year-old KWPN gelding, placed first in the test with a 71.833 for an overall score of 70.041 percent. “[Winning the national championship] certainly exceeded my expectations with Ferano. I came here just excited to be part of it and having qualified. So to come out winning, this is just unexpected, but pleasantly welcome,” said Wagman.

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Alice Tarjan and Candescent, her 10-year-old Hanoverian mare, earned the reserve championship with an overall score of 69.723 percent. Bridget Hay (Flemington, N.J.) and Faolan, her 10-year-old Oldenburg stallion, placed third with an overall score of 68.644 percent.

Hay, who bred Faolan, was presented with the highest placed U.S. Bred Horse award.

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On what is next for their horse:
Wagman: “I think we will try our first Grand Prix later in the year at a small show and just kind of see where we're at. I think slowly get our feet wet in the Grand Prix.”

Hay:“I work with Adrienne [Lyle]. She’s the reason we're here. The last couple years, she's helped me with this horse a lot. Our goal now is to start doing Grand Prixs in the national ring and [go from there].”

Tarjan: “[I’m] really happy that the horses are doing as well as they are. [Candescent] will probably do one more year [at the level], trying to get her more supple in the arena. We’ll do more medium tour and some national Grand Prix, trying to get her a little more confirmed and reliable.”

On competing at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions:
Tarjan: "It’s an amazing horse show. The facility is fantastic, and it’s fun coming to see people from all over the country. It’s very inspirational.”

On placing in the top three:
Hay: “I’ve never placed this high. He always did the young horse classes, but he [didn’t place as high] because he is not the fanciest moving horse, but he is learning. He’s so trainable, and he clearly has the most talent for the piaffe and passage, all the sitting work, and the canter pirouette. He’s a much better Grand Prix horse, it seems, than he ever was a small tour horse. He’s proof that if they have three basic gates and they have a good brain, you can bring them up the levels. It means a lot. He’s a homebred. He’s my kid; he’s a really cool horse.”

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