Alice Tarjan Dominates 4-Year-Old Test at Start of USA Young Horse Championships
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WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 24, 2017–Adult amateur rider Alice Tarjan dominated the four-year-old horse test with a victory on the American-bred Serenade MF Thursday, the opening day of the U.S. national young horse championships.
Alice, of Frenchtown, New Jersey, placed first on Serenade MF (Sir Donnehil x Duet), a black Hanoverian mare bred in the United States by Maryanna Haymon with a score of 84.400 per cent.
Alice on Fairouz, an Oldenburg mare (Franziskus x Don Frederico), was second on 80.600 per cent.
Kimberly Dougherty of Cazenovia, New York rode Celebration, a gray Oldenburg mare (Rhthm-N-Blues x Rosenthal) to third on 79.900 per cent. Celebration was also bred in America, by High Point Hanoverian.
Alyssa Doverspike based at Adventure Farm in Murrieta, California, rode Darius to victory in the five-year-old preliminary test.
Alyssa and the Hanoverian gelding (Don Darius x Boss) logged six straight victories in California young horse CDIs this year to qualify for the national championship.
Two migrant riders tied for second on 77.200 per cent–Craig Stanley, an Australian based in the Madera, California wine country, and Habanero CWS that won the four-year-old championship last year and Angela Jackson, a German transplant to Henderson, Kentucky on Sandeman.
Carly Taylor-Smith, who moved from England to operate out of Malibu, California, won the developing Prix St. Georges on Rosalut NHF with a score of 70.439 per cent.
Carly and the American-bred Oldenburg gelding (Rosenthal x Salut) that won the U.S. five-year-old title in 2015 and the four-year-old championship a year earlier, produced the only score above 70 per cent for the division of seven to nine-year-old horses.
Nora Batchelder of Ocala, Florida on Fifi MLW was second on 69.298 per cent with Endel Ots of Wellington, Florida on Lucky Strike third on 68.597 per cent.