- Published: October 18, 2017
Dressage at Devon concluded with the sun shining. It was a day for children and juniors with junior classes, including freestyles, the popular stick horse contest, and of course, fantastic rides.
FEI Intermediate B CDI3 – Jessica Jo Tate won the class on Kynymont Gunsmoke’s Gideon with a score of 66.571.
FEI Junior Rider Freestyle CDIJ – Ava MacCoubrey took the blue on Ritter Benno (Rolls Royce x Workuta), a Bay Gelding bred by Friedrich Vekens.
FEI Grand Prix Freestyle (16-25) CDIU25 – Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes on Van the Man, owned by Cesar Parra, won the class with a score of 70.900.
FEI Intermediare I Freestyle CD13* - Lori Bell took home the blue on Flirt (Florencio x Arkona) a 9-year old Oldenburg bred by Clemens von Merveldt, with a score of 74.350.
The clouds threatened a bit, but the weather held up – again – at Dressage at Devon 2017. Lots of shopping bags held testament to the quality and variety of merchandise offered by the vendors. Snow White, the 7 dwarfs, Prince Charming and the Evil Stepmother (aka the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association) danced to classic Disney tunes and top riders and their horses danced in the rings.
Canadian Women Sweep the Grand Prix Freestyle The three winners of Devon’s Grand Prix Freestyle, all hailing from Canada, seem more like comrades than competitors, helping each other out on and off the show circuit. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and her equine partner All In (Tango x Leontine) were all in for the win with a ride that garnered a personal best score of 75.500.
Day 4 of Dressage at Devon continued – under the sun! – with the performance division, ladies hats, and great rides.
Ladies Sport Fancy, Fine and Functional Early in the afternoon, some fashionable ladies entered the Dixon Oval festooned in eyecatching hats for the Ladies Hat Contest. The ebullient Devon Divas trotted off with the Fine award. Adorned in hats overflowing with bubbles and horses, Maine McKee, Laine Barney and Lorraine Wacaster celebrated the Magic of Devon. The Fine award went to Kathleen Kenneally, wearing an elegant pink sinamay Ella Grace hat decorated with a bow and feathers. Finally, Valerie Payton Horn, donned in a classic Capri hat, took home the Functional award.
Day 3 of Dressage at Devon featured more than 20 individual breed classes including the Alkal-Teke, Hanoverians (2 and under and 3 and older), Haflinger, Andalusian Horse, Dales Pony, Oldenburg (GOV), Paint Horse, Friesian, Danish Warmblood, Knabstrupper, Iberian Horse, ISR Oldenburg, Appaloosa, Irish Draught, Purebred Arabian, Half Arabian, Lusitano, KWPN NA, Drum Horse, Thoroughbred, American Saddlebred, Lipizzan, Georgian Grande, and PRE. Many of these breeds have shown at Devon for a number of years but, new this year, were the Dales Ponies, sponsored by the Dressage at Devon committee.
The largest open breed show in the world continued today with 4 and 5 year olds shown in-hand and under saddle in the Materiale classes.
A few highlights include:
The USDFBC Mare Championship went to Andorra ISF (Sir Sinclair x Hivona), a 16.1, bay, 12-year old mare bred by Iron Spring Farm, Inc. (Coatesville, PA) with a score of 81.675.
Under the shining sun, colts and fillies entered the Dixon Oval and the Gold Ring, representing the best of the future of dressage. Some handled it well, acting like they had been doing it for years. Others clearly wanted their mother. But all were exceptional, following their handlers (mostly) and showing off their excellent breeding. Just a few of the highlights:
Young Horse Championship – Danae MF (Doctor Wendell MF x EM Rising Star MF), bred and owned by Maryanna Hamon (Columbus, NC)
Dressage at Devon will host Dressage Explorers’ Day on Sunday, October 1st, which will feature fun and educational activities for children and those young at heart.
Here are some of the activities guests can look forward to: