Micaela Mabragana and Alice Tarjan Earn CDI3* and CDI-W Grand Prix Wins at Dressage at Devon
Friday evening at Dressage at Devon welcomed a packed roster of international riders, with the CDI3* Grand Prix to qualify for the Grand Prix Special, and the CDI-W Grand Prix to qualify for the Grand Prix Freestyle, both presented by Equiline, taking center stage in the Dixon Oval. While the Kingsview Partners Roaring 20’s Party took place overlooking the action, Micaela Mabragana and Alice Tarjan secured victories in the USEF Heritage Competition’s highlight classes for the day.
Prior to the start of the CDI Grand Prix classes, Dressage at Devon welcomed several exciting exhibitions to the arena. First in was the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association (DVCTA) Quadrille Team, who frequently attends the event. Dressage at Devon was started by DVCTA members officially in 1975, and many DVCTA members still volunteer at the show. Several DVCTA members have served and are on the current Board of Directors. DVCTA is a beneficiary of Dressage at Devon, who is proud to help support the tradition that the show was founded on. The team put on a stellar coordinated performance, dancing to Roaring 20’s themed music under the lights.
Guy McLean, an Australian horseman well-known for his horsemanship exhibitions and clinics around the world, was also welcomed into the Dixon Oval with his four-horse team. McLean demonstrated impressive feats with the horses, only one of which he rode while the others followed his instructions without tack of any kind. McLean is always a crowd-favorite at Dressage at Devon — he will return for more exhibitions on Saturday, and on Sunday will host a clinic titled “The Method Behind the Magic,” where he will detail how he trains his teams of horses.
The CDI3* Grand Prix Special qualifier was first of the two evening classes to begin, offering up The Valerie Kahn Memorial Trophy and entry into Saturday evening’s CDI3* Grand Prix Special.
Micaela Mabragana of Argentina and Diamond Rosso, a 12-year-old Hannoverian gelding owned by Marjaleena Berger, clinched the victory with a score of 64.435%. The pair was rewarded for their trot extensions, canter extensions, one-tempis and passage, frequently scoring 7.5’s in the movements. Canada’s Ashley Rand and Heimdals Champ, her own 13-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion, finished in second place with 56.935%.
In the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle qualifier that followed, Canada’s Vanessa Creech Terauds was the first in the Dixon Oval with Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale’s 13-year-old Hanoverian mare Fleur De Lis L. The longtime partnership earned a score of 64.826% to set the bar for the class. Last year’s CDI-W Grand Prix winner, Michael Bragdell and Qredit Hilltop, a 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion owned by Hilltop Farm Inc., went in to perform shortly after, taking over the top spot on the leaderboard with a score of 66.391%.