Tessa Holloran, 13, poses with her horse, Trigger.
Tessa Holloran, 13, poses with her horse, Trigger.

PEPPERELL -- Tessa Holloran, a 13-year-old dressage rider from Pepperell, was awarded the 2018 KWPN North America Willy Arts Grant.

KWPN is the breed registry for her 13-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding Appielousos B who is affectionately called "Tigger." The $3,000 grant offers dedicated young riders a contribution toward their training and competition goals.

Tessa has been riding since she was 3 and is currently wrapping up her second winter season in Wellington, Fla., where she is training with two-time Olympian Lendon Gray in an intensive training program run by the Dressage4kids organization. Tessa had a successful 2017 season with her Dutch mare Usela ("Beau") where they finished with top 10 placings at the U.S. Dressage Championships in two divisions held outside of Chicago, IL as well as in two divisions at the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 8 Championships held in Saugerties, NY. Tessa was also reserve champion for the 2017 Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals and will return for her second trip to the championships this August in Illinois.

This winter marks the start of her journey with her new horse. Tigger.

"I am so excited to be working with such a sweet and talented horse. I hope to continue to progress as a rider and move up the levels," Tessa said. "Dressage is more complex than most people realize and I will be working hard to develop my relationship with him.


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She plans to train locally with Vincent Flores, a Dressage Grand Prix rider who specializes in French Classical Training and is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist. You can follow her dressage journey on Facebook @teamholloran.