Jane and Marcus Orlob Finish First in Sunday’s The Estates at TerraNova CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Special

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Marcus Orlob and Jane (Desperado x Metall), owned by Alice Tarjan, finished first in Sunday's The Estates at TerraNova CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Special on a score of 71.894%. Photo by Susan Stickle Photography.

Jennifer Williams and Joppe K finished second

Edited Press Release

Myakka City, FL- Marcus Orlob (USA) and Jane (Desperado x Metall), owned by Alice Tarjan, finished first in Sunday’s The Estates at TerraNova CDI3* FEI Grand Prix Special on a score of 71.894%. On Friday, the pair came in second in the Leibold Irrigation Inc. CDI3* FEI Grand Prix with a score of 70.043%, just .001% behind Jennifer Williams and Joppe K (Harmony’s Rousseau x Santano), owned by Joppe Partners. The leaderboard was flipped today, with Williams finishing second to Orlob.

Jane’s owner, Alice Tarjan, competed the KWPN mare through intermediate, and only recently passed the reins to her coach, Marcus Orlob, to take on the grand prix. The new combination made their grand prix debut last weekend in Wellington, and made significant improvements to their scores whilst at TerraNova Dressage I

“For today’s ride, I took the pressure out, and I was happy with her,” Orlob said. “She was more focused and relaxed in the ring than in the Grand Prix. Eight weeks ago, Alice decided to give the horse to me because she was a little bit too strong for her. She said ‘look, try your luck and see what you can do in the ring,’ and here we are.

“It’s all very new to me and her,” Orlob said, admitting he is still learning Jane’s “buttons,” since Tarjan developed the mare from the age of 3. Orlob describes Jane as light, sensitive, and honest.

“Our goal or dream is to maybe make it to the top eight and go to Europe,” Orlob said. Next week, the combination will head to Ocala as they chase that dream. With his first visit to TerraNova now in the books, Orlob hopes to return in the future.

“The showground is super nice,” he said, “the people are very friendly here. The weather was amazing and the town of Sarasota is amazing. I’d love to come back again.”

Dressage won’t be gone for long at TerraNova Equestrian Center. Entries are now open for TerraNova Dressage III, a CDI3* and USEF Level 5 competition, held May 2-5. The competition falls on the final weekend of the qualifying period for Paris.

Hear Marcus Orlob discuss his ride with his new partner, Jane