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National Para Dressage Champion crowned, Brentina Cup and Grand Prix begin at 2022 US Dressage Festival of Champions

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Wayne, Ill. – The first national championship of the US Dressage Festival of Champions 2022 was awarded on Wednesday. The day began with competitors from the Adequan®/USEF Young Adult Brentina Cup National Dressage Championship and the USEF Grand Prix National Dressage Championship in the first of three events this week. Mia Rodier-Dawallo and Jayden wrapped up the day by taking top honors at the USEF National Para Dressage Championship.

Adequan®/USEF National Championship Brentina Cup Dressage Young Adults

Quinn Iverson and Beckham 19
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The small but mighty field of five suits competed in the FEI Intermediate Class II of the Adequan®/USEF Young Adult Brentina Cup National Dressage Championship. Quinn Iverson and Beckham 19 had a solid test to claim class honors. Iverson (Wellington, Fla.) and Bille Davidson’s 2009 Hanoverian gelding scored 67.676 percent in the first of three divisional classes.

“I was very happy with him,” Iverson said. “We walked in, started off a little shaky, but he settled in and actually let me ride him. He was very honest in that, which I was very happy about. A few bobbles that we will clean up, but overall I’m so happy with him.

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Callie Jones (Henderson, Ky.) and Don Philippo, her 2008 Hanoverian gelding, finished second with a score of 67.529%. Callie Rose O’Connell (Wilmington, Mass.) and Eaton Unitechno, the 2009 KWPN gelding of Ruling Cortes, LLC, finished third with a score of 66.705%.

The FEI Intermediate II test counts for 40% of the overall score, while the FEI Grand Prix 16-25 test on Thursday counts for 45%. The split ends on Saturday with the FEI Grand Prix freestyle test, which counts for 15%.

From the Mixed Zone:

What were the strengths of your test?

Iverson: “I think his passing tour of piaffe was one of his highlights, and half passes too.”

Do you have anything to improve in the next test?

Iverson: “That canter-trot transition. But overall, I’m very happy with him.

How long have you been riding a Beckham 19?

Iverson: “I’ve had him since December last year. We’re sort of a new partnership, but I’m very happy with him.

Have you ever been to the Festival of Champions?

Iverson: “I’ve been here. Actually a horse with the same owner, Bille Davidson. She has supported me for many years now. We have had [the other horse] two years ago, and we have ‘Beckham’ this year.

USEF Grand Prix National Dressage Championship

Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF
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Twelve suits raced the center line for the USEF Grand Prix National Dressage Championship Grand Prix test. Alice Tarjan and Serenade MF impressed the judges with a smooth test. Tarjan (Oldwick, NJ) and his 2013 Hanoverian mare scored 73.869% to win the class. The duo had a busy summer traveling around Europe, helping the Dutta Corp. winning silver at CHIO Rotterdam and serving as an alternate at the ECCO FEI World Championships.

“The horse is super honest and just goes and does his job,” Tarjan said. “It was basically clean. The balance is also improving a lot now. Last year I lost my balance, but now I can get it back. It’s going in the right direction, but there’s still so much to improve.

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Emily Miles (Paola, Kan.) and Java Dulce, Leslie Waterman’s 2011 Danish Warmblood, finished second with a score of 70.260%. Nora Batchelder (Williston, Fla.) and Faro SQF, her 2008 Hanoverian with Andrea Whitcomb, finished third with a score of 70.064%.

The FEI Grand Prix test counts for 45% of the overall score, while Thursday’s FEI Grand Special counts for 40%. The split ends on Saturday with the FEI Grand Prix freestyle test, which counts for 15%.

From the Mixed Zone:

What were the strengths of the test?

Tarjan: “For me, the overall balance was improving. If I lose the balance I can get it back now, whereas last year if you lost the balance you couldn’t get it back.

Do you want to improve something for the next test?

Tarjan: “It’s the Special, which I think is probably a good test for her. The piaffes [today] we lost a few points and that’s silly because in general she can prance very well. If we get that, then maybe we can get a clean test.

USEF National Para Dressage Championship

Mia Rodier-Dawalo and Jayden
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Three suits completed their FEI Free Para Dressage tests to determine the USEF Para Dressage National Championship. They captured the attention of judges and spectators with their harmonious rides set to music. The freestyle scores were extremely close, and although Mia Rodier-Dawallo and Jayden finished third in the freestyle with a score of 69.288%, they clinched the national championship title. Rodier-Dawallo (Santa Barbara, California) and his 2014 KWPN gelding consistent performances earned them the overall title with a score of 69.094%.

“It’s surreal,” Rodier-Dawallo said. “It’s an honour. It’s so fulfilling that all the blood and sweat and tears that we put into it have come to fruition. In this sport, in a week, you can have the humility of a lifetime or feeling like you’re on top of the world or whatever. It’s such an emotional rollercoaster, mentally, physically, everything. When you get the opportunity to come out on a national stage, and first of all, you have the time of your life, and second, you win.

Sydney Collier (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and All In One, Going for Gold, LLC and Georgina Bloomberg’s 2009 Hanoverian gelding, won the Reserve Champion title with an overall score of 67.998%. The duo won the Freestyle with their race to the music of Kung-Fu Panda, obtaining 69.455%. Deborah Stanitski (Charleston, SC) and Heros, her 2014 Danish Warmblood mare, finished third overall with a score of 67.149% and finished third in the freestyle with a score of 69.333%.

The FEI Para Dressage Freestyle test counted for the final 15% of the overall score. Monday’s FEI Para Dressage team class accounted for 40% of the overall score, while Tuesday’s FEI Para Dressage individual class counted for 45%.

From the Mixed Zone:

USEF Para Dressage National Championship Top 3
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Tell us about your freestyle.

Rodier-Dawallo: “Freestyle is my favorite day in case it wasn’t clear. We like to have a good time and smile and then sob at the end. My freestyle was designed by Jessica Ash and Jelly Entertainment.”

Collier: “I first got this freestyle when I started working with Alle (All In One) in 2019. This freestyle is so close to my heart because I got to know Alle, I got to know all the intricacies of my freestyle and how to ride it so the patterns really match the music and make for an aesthetically pleasing image overall. It’s really the first freestyle that taught me to do that. It actually tells the story of my life through the trials and tribulations with music from the movie Kung-Fu Panda, which is amazingly accurate for my life story.

Stanitski: “I can’t thank my trainer Michelle Folden enough for doing the choreography and Beth Hall for putting it all together. We were trying to figure out how not to, like Sydney [Collier] looks like, ‘totally boring walk test.’ It has to be perfect, otherwise it won’t work.

Talk about your relationship with your horse.

Rodier-Dawallo: “Pudding is its barn name because it’s its atmosphere. It’s like a big bowl of jiggly chocolate pudding. He’s a very cool guy. He came into my life about a year ago and was the first horse I owned in my entire life. I never had the means to own my own horse [before]. We kind of do it by flying by the seat of our pants, pinching every penny we can, driving across the country in our 80s horse trailer and 2000 horse trailer. It’s always been my dream to own mine horse since i was a baby when i got the horse bug.

Collier: “From the day we met, we were truly all in one. Because he’s actually blind in his left eye and I’m blind in my right eye, we’re literally all in one. It’s a super special partnership because we balance each other out with a good pair of eyes between us.

Stanitski: “I first encountered Heros in Wellington, Florida. At that time, it belonged to Gigi McIntosh. Gigi sold it to a girl in our barn. Just for fun I rode it one day but being a pretty short person I said I needed a Heros but a bit smaller. I have my other horse Skovlunds [de Nice]. Unfortunately, Skovlunds problem is that she is stiff on the left side and my left side kind of works. For Heros, his bad side is my good side. Turns out they look the same, but for me Heros is much easier to ride. She’s getting old, but she’s great. She hasn’t yet understood that it’s time to stop, a bit like me. She’s 18 and I’m almost 70.

Competition continues Thursday in the Grand Prix arena with the USEF Grand Prix National Dressage Championship FEI Special Grand Prix at 8 a.m. CT, while the FEI Prix St. Georges National Dressage Championship Markel Dressage/USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges begins Markel Arena at 8:30 a.m. CT.

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