Katie Duerrhammer Rides Paxton to First Big Tour Victory to Win Ocala World Equestrian Center CDI3* Grand Prix with Personal Best Score

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Katie Duerrhammer on Paxton wiping away tears after personal best score for first Grand Prix win at the World Equestrian Center CDI3* with coach Adrienne Lyle. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

OCALA, Florida, April 14, 2022–Katie Duerrhammer rode Paxton to a personal best score by a big margin to win the World Equestrian Center CDI3* Grand Prix, the first Big Tour victory for the partnership. Benjamin Ebeling on Indeed and Alice Tarjan on Serenade also logged personal bests in placing second and third.

This CDI, the first approved by the U.S. federation after pulling the plug on licensed events after three CDIs in 2021, the first year of operations, was the biggest dressage competition so far at the $1 billion family-owned WEC. Competitors, owners and spectators laud the show grounds as equal to the finest in the world.

More than 225 riders with almost 290 horses were scheduled to compete over four days with the Grand Prix in the spectacular Grand Arena with the Equestrian Hotel as the backdrop.

Katie of Greenwood Village, Colorado and the 11-year-old Westfalen gelding were awarded 73.217% in only their fourth CDI Grand Prix and beat the previous high score of 68.630% set six weeks ago.

Katie Duerrhammer on Paxton. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Benjamin Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Indeed, the 14-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding that he took over riding from his father, 2012 Olympian Jan Ebeling, at the beginning of the year scored 72.848%. The previous best was 70.087% posted in February.

Benjamin Ebeling riding Indeed to personal best score for runner-up in the World Equestrian Center CDI3* Grand Prix. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Alice Tarjan and Serenade, the nine-year-old American-bred Hanoverian mare received 72.087% beating their previous best of 71.348%. Serenade is Alice’s third horse she has developed to international Grand Prix in the past two years, the others being Donatella M that she also competed in this Grand Prix for eighth place, and Candescent.

Alice Tarjan and the American-bred Serenade MF at the World Equestrian Center. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“To go in there tonight in a venue he’s never been in and for the first time take a deep breath and say, ‘OK, we can do this’ was huge,” said Katie of Paxton. “I feel like he really trusted me, and I haven’t had him feel like he felt tonight, ever. It was very emotional. He’s not been easy. For everybody involved, Adrienne [Lyle], me, his owner, everybody, they have had so much faith in him when I haven’t always. To have him go in there and say, ‘Let’s do it’ was just incredible.”

The 22-year-old Ben Ebeling who has spent most of the past two years competing in Florida in winter and Germany summer, said of Indeed that his father rode at CDI Grand for three years: “She’s just risen to the occasion time and time again at the shows. Step by step, she’s getting better; a couple percent here, a couple percent there. I’m really feeling it in the every-day training. She’s quite a long horse, but I think the engagement from the hindquarters has taken her a bit and now she’s really understanding the idea. Today was honestly the best out transitions in the piaffe/passage that I’ve had. That’s something that I’ve been really working on and was a little frustrated about, but today she really came to the party and she’s just fantastic. I’m really happy about it.”

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

Judges: Marian E. Cunningham Sarah Geikie William Warren Omar Zayrik Gabriel Martin Armando
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 73.217 USA Katie Duerrhammer Paxton 74.022 71.522 71.739 73.478 75.326
2. 72.848 USA Benjamin Ebeling Indeed 72.174 74.783 74.891 71.739 70.652
3. 72.087 USA Alice Tarjan Serenade MF 72.065 72.174 71.848 72.174 72.174
4. 71.174 USA Jessica Howington Cavalia 66.848 74.565 71.522 70.978 71.957
5. 70.935 USA Anna Marek Fire Fly 70.435 69.783 71.413 71.196 71.848
6. 70.217 USA Kerrigan Gluch Mejorano HGF 70.87 71.63 69.348 68.696 70.543
7. 70.087 USA Nora Batchelder Faro SQF 71.413 68.804 69.783 71.087 69.348
8. 69.587 USA Alice Tarjan Donatella M 68.37 68.152 69.348 71.196 70.87
9. 69.131 USA Lehua Custer F.J. Ramzes 69.348 69.674 69.022 67.935 69.674
10. 68.587 CAN Megan Lane Zodiac MW 68.587 68.152 70 70.217 65.978
11. 68.457 USA Mary Haskins Gray Don Divone 69.13 69.457 68.37 67.174 68.152
12. 68.348 USA Mikala Münter Skyfall 67.935 70.217 68.261 67.717 67.609
13. 68.304 CAN Ariana Chia Fiderflame 69.348 68.261 69.457 67.717 66.739
14. 68.261 USA Melissa Taylor Dixie WRF 69.674 70.109 67.935 67.935 65.652
15. 67.978 USA Susan Dutta Don Design DC 69.783 66.848 68.696 67.826 66.739
16. 67.326 USA Kevin Kohmann Mr Bumblebee 66.63 67.609 67.935 69.022 65.435
17. 67.130 CAN Pia Fortmüller Frieda 67.717 66.957 65.87 67.391 67.717
18. 67.000 USA Susan Dutta Figeac DC 67.065 66.739 67.065 67.826 66.304
19. 66.848 USA Kevin Kohmann Inshallah 65.978 67.826 66.63 67.391 66.413
20. 66.674 USA Anna Marek Snoopy Sunday 67.174 68.261 66.196 66.739 65
21. 66.282 GUA Alexandra Dominguez Thomas Etanga 66.304 66.304 65.543 66.848 66.413
22. 65.543 SUI Barbara Bertschinger Sir Schiwago 68.043 64.565 64.348 66.522 64.239
23. 63.565 USA Nora Batchelder WGangster Girl 62.717 64.783 63.804 63.261 63.261
24. 63.500 NED Ivo Jührend Cover Girl 61.087 64.674 63.478 65.435 62.826
24. 63.500 USA Amina Bursese Fiti AL 64.891 61.957 62.391 64.13 64.13
EL. USA Allison Gerlt Sir Lommel
RT. USA Sarah Tubman First Apple