Welcome to the Dressage Today Podcast sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition. In this episode, Aviva gives her “March to the Maccabi” update and answers an “Ask the L” question about what she wished she knew when first getting into dressage.
Stephanie interviews Grand Prix competitor and young horse expert Alice Tarjan. A New Jersey native, Tarjan spent her early riding days in Pony Club and moved on to eventing before focusing on dressage. A Seaton Hall law school graduate and cancer survivor, Tarjan steadily moved up the ranks in dressage, competing as an amateur against some of the best professionals in the world.
Tarjan has gained a reputation of buying young horses and bringing them along to Grand Prix. In 2019, she won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle in the Amateur Adult division at US Dressage Finals presented by Adequan and USDF with the Hanoverian mare Candescent. In 2020, she took home multiple titles from the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions, including the Markel/USEF Developing Horse Grand Prix Dressage National Championship with her Oldenburg mare, Donatella M. This year she and the mare Serenade MF were named to The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup the Netherlands CDIO5*.