Alice Tarjan & Fairouz Win USA 5-Year-Old Preliminary Test at Festival of Champions

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Alice Tarjan and Fairouz. © SusanJStickle.com

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 23, 2018–Alice Tarjan rode Fairouz to victory in the USA Championships five-year-old preliminary test Thursday, reversing results  from a year ago when stablemate Serenade MF became the champion.

Alice  and the Oldenburg mare (Franziskus x Don Frederico) scored 87.800 per cent for the win over Michael Bragdell, based at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland on SenSation HW, just 0.800 percent behind on 87.000 per cent. Rebecca Rigdon of Encinitas, California on Iquem was third on 85.000 per cent.

The young horse division of five championships began Thursday alongside the seven competitions from children to Grand Prix for the first time in the history of the Festival champions that crowns the best national combinations for the year. This year, however, the top Grand Prix combinations are making final preparations for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon.

Alice, a 39-year-old adult amateur of Frenchtown, New Jersey, came into these championships with her stablemate, Serenade, the clear favorite having qualified with the highest score of 8.270. Fairouz was seventh in the U.S. Equestrian Federation standings on 8.130. Serernade won the 2017 four-year-old title with Fairouz runnerup.

At the time, she had owned Fairouz for only a few months, having bought the mare from Catherine Haddad-Staller who lives nearby in New Jersey and had imported the horse from Germany.

“She’s super in the connection and has a natural rhythm in the trot which makes her easy to ride,” said Alice. “She’s one of the easier horses in the barn, just a good sweet and affectionate mare.

“I’m happy that her talent was recognized. I think Fairouz’s self-carriage is more developed than Serenade at this time.”

Serenade placed fifth on 81.600 per cent.

Alice Tarjan on Serenade MF. © SusanJStickle.com

Alice described both Fairouz and Serenade as “solid horses” that she is excited to get to the upper levels with coaching from Lars Petersen, an Olympian for Denmark who is based in Loxahatchee, Florida and now rides under the American flag, and Marcus Orlob, a German-born trainer based in Stockton, New Jersey.

Alice is a lawyer who works with her husband in their trucking, rigging business and real estate businesses.

A life-long rider, she went to law school more than a decade ago. A month after her bar exam at the age of 27 she was diagnosed with cancer. During five months of chemotherapy she studied warmblood breeding.

Since her recuperation, Alice has developed about 10 young horses as well as competing on other advanced mounts.

Results:

USEF Five Year Old Preliminary Test
E: Geikie, Kane – H: – C: Foy, Yukins – M: – B: –
Rider Nat. Horse E C T Pl.
Tarjan, Alice USA Fairouz 87.800 87.800 87.800 1
Bragdell, Michael USA SenSation HW 87.000 87.000 87.000 2
Rigdon, Rebecca USA Iquem 85.000 85.000 85.000 3
Potasky, Ali USA Flash Dance 82.400 82.400 82.400 4
Tarjan, Alice USA Serenade MF 81.600 81.600 81.600 5
Fladland, Melissa USA I’m All In 80.800 80.800 80.800 6
Brasil, Roberto USA Furstin P 79.400 79.400 79.400 7
Kuhn, Martin USA Ronin 78.600 78.600 78.600 8
Wood, Anna USA Romulus 76.800 76.840 76.820 9
Savage, Sandy USA Ilario 75.200 75.200 75.200 10
Potasky, Ali USA Irintha 75.200 75.200 75.200 10
Garweg, Christian CAN Don Noblesse 74.800 74.800 74.800 12
Hagren, Merita FIN Supremont 74.400 74.400 74.400 13
Lipp, Karen USA Infinity 72.200 72.200 72.200 14
Starck, Jessica USA MW I’m The Lady Texel 68.200 68.200 68.200 15
 

Prix St. Georges (Developing PSG Championship)
E: Wysocki – H: – C: Kane – M: Geikie – B: –
Rider Nat. Horse E Rk. C Rk. M Rk. T Pl.
Ots, Endel L. USA Lucky Strike 74.706 1 73.382 2 70.294 3 72.794 1
Hickey, Christopher USA Straight Horse Zackonik 71.618 3 73.971 1 70.000 5 71.863 2
McCarthy, Heather USA Au Revoir 69.412 7 67.647 6 70.441 2 69.167 3
Hardt, Jill USA Fein Tanzer 71.618 3 65.588 11 70.294 3 69.167 4
Bragdell, Michael USA Sternlicht Hilltop 70.735 5 68.382 3 67.647 7 68.922 5
Jackson, Melissa USA Domani 67.647 10 66.618 9 71.912 1 68.725 6
Parra, Cesar USA Don Cesar 69.706 6 68.235 4 67.206 9 68.382 7
Hewitt, Hannah USA Fidens 68.529 8 68.088 5 66.618 10 67.745 8
Warlimont, Petra USA Davos MCF 71.912 2 64.412 14 66.471 11 67.598 9
Jackson, Angela USA Figaro H 67.059 11 64.853 12 68.971 6 66.961 10
Stevens, Shannon USA Pik L’s Donabella 66.912 13 67.500 7 66.471 11 66.961 10
Underhill, Stewart USA Deimos 4 65.000 14 67.059 8 67.647 7 66.569 12
Kuhn, Martin USA Rapson 68.529 8 64.559 13 66.471 11 66.520 13
Miller, Amy USA Encore 67.059 11 66.324 10 65.588 14 66.324 14
Ebeling, Jan USA Bellena SCR
 

USEF Four Year Old Test
E: McDonald, McClain – H: – C: Osinski, Yukins – M: – B: –
Rider Nat. Horse E C Pl.
Miles, Emily USA Sole Mio 84.200 84.200 1
Keenan, Anna USA Davos CF 82.600 82.600 2
Lockman, Sarah USA Jupiter 82.200 82.200 3
Doverspike, Alyssa USA Figaro 82.000 82.000 4
Rigdon, Rebecca USA Jagger 81.400 81.400 5
Broecker, Kelsey USA Caelius 80.800 80.800 6
Tarjan, Alice USA Jaliska 78.600 78.600 7
Brune, Ashley USA Oliana FFF 78.600 78.600 7
Miles, Emily USA Daily Show 78.200 78.200 9
McGrath, Kimberly USA MSJ Celebrity 78.000 78.000 10
Burson, Brittany USA Der Swarovski 76.600 76.600 11
Lopez, Ari USA Doblesse 73.200 73.200 12
Schwartsman, Nadine USA Jhocolate R 73.000 73.000 13
Hamilton, Meghan USA Genesis 72.200 72.200 14