Alice Tarjan USA Grand Prix Championship Gold on Candescent, Silver on Donatella, Developing GP Gold on American-Bred Serenade MF, Silver on Harvest

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Alice Tarjan on Candescent in the USA Festival of Champions Freestyle to clinch the national Grand Prix gold. © 2021 SusanJStickle.com

WAYNE, Illinois, Aug. 29, 2021–Alice Tarjan became the United States Grand Prix champion on Candescent Sunday and took silver on Donatella M while also capturing Developing Grand Prix gold on the American-bred Serenade MF and silver on Harvest.

Alice of Oldwick, New Jersey who has developed all her horses from youngsters bought online from videos capped the three-phase Festival of Champions with victory on Candescent in the Freestyle Sunday on 77.165% and placing second on Donatella with 72.549%.

Scores on Candescent, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare, of 73.675% in the Grand Prix and 71.765% in the Special earned Alice the championship. Donatella, a 10-year-old Oldenburg mare, awarded 71.782% in the Grand Prix and 71.977% in the Special, was the 2020 Developing Grand Prix champion.

Katie Johnson, 32, of Greenwood Village, Colorado on Quartett, 14-year-old Brandenburg gelding, took the Grand Prix championship bronze.

Alice will leave with Candescent for the prestigious World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany in two weeks for the 42-year-old rider’s first ever European competition.

Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF at the USA Festival of Champions. © 2021 SusanJStickle.com

Alice rode the American-bred Serenade MF, an eight-year-old Hanoverian mare, to gold in the Developing Grand Prix on a score of 75.833% in the Grand Prix and 75.048% in the Intermediate II. Serenade (Sir Donnerhall x Don Principe) was bred by Maryanna Hayman of Columbus, North Carolina.

On Harvest, nine-year-old KWPN stallion (Connaisseur x Ulft), the compilation of the Grand Prix and Int. II scores earned the pair silver.

Emily Miles based at La Cygne, Kansas, took bronze on Java Dulce.

At the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida Alice and Serenade won the Lövsta Future Challenge Grand Prix title and was reserve on Harvest.

Results

Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Jane Weatherwax Jeanne McDonald Janet Lee Foy Kristi Wysocki Gary Rockwell
Place Score Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 77.165 Alice Tarjan Candescent 77.35 78.55 77.675 75.125 77.125
2. 72.549 Alice Tarjan Donatella M 74 70.449 73.175 73.125 72
3. 70.490 Claire Manhard Wilfonia 73.15 69 70.425 71.875 68
4. 70.469 Katie Johnson Quartett 71.55 71.7 72.224 70.625 66.25
5. 70.330 Michael Bragdell Qredit Hilltop 73.75 67.85 72.3 69 68.75
6. 69.910 Mikala Münter Salsa Hit 71.45 71.325 71.525 67.125 68.125
7. 68.870 Emily Wyman Chigali 67.675 69.95 70.1 70.5 66.125
8. 68.435 Nicole Harrington Wizard Of Oz 66.925 70.675 71.075 64.625 68.875
9. 68.135 Patricia Becker Derk 68.3 68.15 69.975 67.625 66.625
10. 67.635 Abraham Pugh Elfenperfekt 66.65 67.775 69.25 68.125 66.375
11. 67.625 Mette Rosencrantz Dzeko 68.525 67.4 69.7 66.25 66.25
12. 66.225 Reese Koffler-Stanfield Bingo 64.625 68.375 66.75 65.25 66.125

Developing Grand Prix Final

Michael Osinski William Warren Lilo Fore
Place Score Athlete Horse E C M
1. 75.833 Alice Tarjan Serenade MF 74.375 74.5 78.625
2. 71.416 Emily Miles Java Dulce 69.875 69 75.375
3. 71.333 Katie Johnson Paxton 71.25 69.875 72.875
4. 71.083 Alice Tarjan Harvest 71.5 69.25 72.5
5. 66.500 Lauren Sprieser Guernsey Elvis 66.5 66.25 66.75
6. 66.375 Heather McCarthy Au Revoir 68 65.875 65.25
7. 66.291 Nicole Levy Imposant MC 67.5 66.625 64.75
8. 65.958 Amy Swerdlin Tokayer 65.875 65.375 66.625
9. 64.458 Endel Ots RS Damon 66 63.125 64.25
10. 64.083 Lesley Eden Fortissimo SQF 65.625 64.375 62.25
11. 61.916 Kimberly Kobryn-Callaway Ramora CF 61.25 62.125 62.375
12. 59.916 Lauren Chumley Nikolas 60.375 59.25 60.125

6-Year-Old Final

Judges: Michael Osinski, Heidi Berry, Kari McClain, William Warren
Place Score  Nation Athlete Horse C
1. 81.200 USA David Blake Delilah 81.2
2. 80.400 USA Michelle Gibson San Raphaella LS 80.4
2. 80.400 USA Alice Tarjan Summersby II 80.4
4. 79.800 GER Madeleine Bendfeldt Sonata MF 79.8
5. 77.400 USA Cesar Parra Fanta 4 77.4
6. 74.800 USA Jan Brons Fellowship CCW 74.8
7. 73.200 USA Wanja Borris Gerlach Birdy 73.2
8. 72.400 USA Angela Jackson Dionysus MF 72.4
9. 72.400 USA Jonni Allen Debonaire 72.4
10. 71.200 USA Tedi Rae Paasch Kolbaba 71.2
11. 70.600 USA Nicolas Beck Fairmont 70.6
12. 70.000 FRA Vincent Flores Ayo Windberg 70
13. 69.800 USA Stephanie Busley Fuerte Ventura IR 69.8
14. 69.600 USA Bridget Hay Shanahan 69.6