USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Twelve combinations rode down centerline for the Grand Prix Test in the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship. Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF impressed the judges with a flowing test. Tarjan (Oldwick, N.J.) and her 2013 Hanoverian mare earned a score of 73.869% to win the class. The pair has had a busy summer traveling to Europe, helping The Dutta Corp. Dressage Team earn silver at CHIO Rotterdam and serving as the alternate for the ECCO FEI World Championships.
Photo - Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF (SusanJStickle.com)
“The horse is super honest and just goes and does her job,” said Tarjan. “It was basically clean. The balance is getting a lot better now too. Last year I was losing the balance but now I can get it back. It is going in the right direction, but there’s still so much to improve.”
Emily Miles (Paola, Kan.) and Java Dulce, Leslie Waterman’s 2011 Danish Warmblood gelding, were second with a score of 70.260%. Nora Batchelder (Williston, Fla.) and Faro SQF, her and Andrea Whitcomb’s 2008 Hanoverian gelding, finished third with a score of 70.064%.
The FEI Grand Prix Test counts for 45 percent of the overall score, while the FEI Grand Special on Thursday counts for 40 percent. The division will conclude on Saturday with the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle Test, which counts for 15 percent.
From the Mixed Zone:
What were some highlights from the test?
Tarjan: “For me, the balance overall was getting better. If I lose the balance, I am able to get it back now, whereas last year if you lost the balance, you couldn’t get it back.”
Do you want to improve anything for the next test?
Tarjan: “It’s the Special, which I think is probably a good test for her. The piaffes [today] we lost some points in and that’s silly because typically she can piaffe really well. If we get that, then maybe we can get a clean test.”
Competition continues Thursday in the Grand Prix Arena with the FEI Grand Prix Special of the USEF Grand Prix Dressage National Championship at 8 a.m. CT., while the FEI Prix St. Georges Test of the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage National Championship starts the Markel Arena at 8:30 a.m. CT.
Watch the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions live stream this week on USEF Network.