Alice Tarjan & Serenade MF Win Tryon World Cup Freestyle for 2nd Victory in Campaign for Omaha Final

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Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF. File photo. © Ken Braddick/

MILL CREEK, North Carolina, Oct. 29, 2022–Alice Tarjan  and the American-bred Serenade MF on Saturday won the Tryon World Cup Freestyle for the second victory in a bid to qualify for the Final in Omaha.

The win on the nine-year-old Hanoverian mare boosted Alice of Oldwick, New Jersey to the top of the North American League that gets to start three of the 18 riders in the final of the annual world championship.

Alice and Serenade, born in Columbus about four miles/6.5km from the Tryon International Equestrian Center, won the qualifier in Devon, Pennsylvania a month ago. Alice will spend winter at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida where there are four World Cup events before the Omaha final.

She and Serenade spent the summer in Europe where the pair was reserve for the American team at the world championships.

Julio Mendoza Loor and Jewel’s Goldstrike placed second on 74.185% after winning the Grand Prix Friday.  Julio who is based in Columbus rides for his homeland of Ecuador.

Julio and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding competed in their first two CDIs in Wellington last winter.

Over the summer, Julio dropped Jewel’s Goldstrike back to Small Tour to compete for Ecuador at the Bolivarian Games in Bogotá to sweep the Prix St. Georges to lead his team to gold as well as winning the Intermediate 1 and Intermediate Freestyle.

This was the third North American League World Cup qualifier, with seven more to go–three at Thermal, California–the first Nov. 17-20–and four in Wellington, Florida–the first Dec. 8-11.


World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: William Warren Jane Weatherwax Maarten Van der Heijden Elke Ebert Carlos Lopes
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 75.000 USA Alice Tarjan Serenade MF 75.975 76.650 73.875 75.750 72.750
2. 74.185 ECU Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor Jewel’s Goldstrike 70.150 74.525 75.850 76.425 73.975
3. 67.470 USA Bridget Hay Faolan 69.550 69.775 65.750 67.000 65.275
4. 63.915 USA Michael Bragdell Qredit Hilltop 66.025 65.900 62.750 63.400 61.500