Katie Duerrhammer & Quartett Win Wellington CDI3* Grand Prix Special for Pair’s First Big Tour Victory

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An emotional Katie Duerrhammer on Quartett on winning Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special for pair’s first Big Tour victory. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 29, 2022–Katie Duerrhammer and Quartett won the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday for the first Big Tour victory for the partnership.

Katie of the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village and the 14-year-old German Sport Horse gelding were awarded 71.510% for the win, close to their personal best and enough to top the lineup of nine rider and  horse combinations. The pair had placed second in the Grand Prix Thursday.

Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, New Jersey in the international debut of the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare Donatella M placed second on 70.659%, after fifth place in the Grand Prix. Donatella is Alice’s second international Grand Prix mount behind, Candescent, a Hanoverian mare now 12 year, that she began competing at CDI Grand Prix two years ago.

Canada’s Pia Fortmüller and Frieda, who won the Grand Prix Thursday, were third in the Special on 70.255% with fellow Canadian Megan Lane on Zodiac MW in fourth on 69.702%.

Final centerline for Katie Duerrhammer and Quartett in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Coming after second and third placings at the World Cup in Ocala, Florida last month the win was emotional for the 33-year-old rider.

Katie, who is coached by Adrienne Lyle where both are based at TyL (Thank you Lord) farm, first competed Quartett two years ago at Small Tour and moved up to international Grand Prix a year later.

She described Quartett, owned by Kylee Lourie, as “one of those horses who gives 10,000 per cent every day. I want to ride the best I possibly can because he deserves that as he tries so hard. I think we’re getting to the point where every last thing is counting, he’s really rising to the occasion.”

Katie, who was wiping away tears of happiness at the experience, said: “I’ve wanted this for so long. Adrienne has been so amazing, I’ve worked with her so long now; her and Kylee Lourie, who owns both the farms we’re at here and in Denver, it’s very. very exciting to feel like it’s coming to fruition now. It’s fun for Kylee to be a part of it and be so excited. It’s nice to make her feel proud.

“He tries so hard he doesn’t have to work very much at home. He does a lot of hacking and gets to hand out and gets to bring his party tricks here . It seems to work really well forn his body and his brain.

Her immediate plans are to qualify Quartett for the Festival of Champions, the American championships in late summer, and compete in a Nations Cup, scheduled for late March.

Alice Tarjan on Donatella M, the second horse she currently has at international Grand Prix. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Thomas Lang Mariano Santos Redondo Yuri Romanov Jacques van Daele Debbie Rodriguez
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 71.510 USA Katie Duerrhammer Quartett 71.17 71.17 73.085 73.191 68.936
2. 70.659 USA Alice Tarjan Donatella M 70.532 70.851 68.723 71.702 71.489
3. 70.255 CAN Pia Fortmüller Frieda 69.468 67.66 72.34 71.702 70.106
4. 69.702 CAN Megan Lane Zodiac MW 67.979 72.447 72.128 67.766 68.191
5. 68.915 USA Kerrigan Gluch Mejorano HGF 67.34 72.34 67.979 68.085 68.83
6. 68.170 USA Missy Gilliland Toledano XXXI 67.66 67.234 70.106 67.553 68.298
7. 65.872 GUA Alexandra Dominguez Thomas Etanga 65.106 66.915 67.128 63.83 66.383
8. 65.638 USA Sara Hassler Harmony’s Boitano 66.383 65.319 65.319 64.574 66.596
9. 65.106 CAN Evi Strasser Déjà Vu Tyme 64.574 64.255 64.255 66.064 66.383