Dressage at Devon 2013 Wraps Up Action-Packed Show
Dressage at Devon wrapped up on Sunday with winning performances of young and seasoned riders, interspersed with entertainment from crowd-pleaser Tommie Turvey and his team of horses.
FEI Grand Prix Special Open
Ashley Holzer claimed yet another first place this week riding Jewel’s Adelante, a Swedish Warmblood, in the FEI Grand Prix Special. Thrilled with the ride she said “it’s amazing how well he did.” She added that he is a straight forward horse to ride and if you ride well, he will perform.
Catherine Haddad Staller, now living in New Jersey after 20 years in Europe, took second place on Mane Stream Hotmail. She purchased Hotmail in 2012 as an investment. He was doing 3rd level and she planned to bring him up to Prix St. Georges and then sell him. “Then one day I got mad at him and when I kicked him, he did a piaffe,” she says. That changed her perspective. “I’ve never had a more athletic horse. He gives you what you want.” Next she plans to take him to Florida to compete over the winter.
Tommie Turvey, horseman extraordinaire and Hollywood stuntman, entertained the crowds at Dressage at Devon during the Performance Division with his horses, Joker’s Wild and Ace in the Hole. He kept spectators riveted as he stood astride, one foot on each of the two horses’ backs, riding them around the Dixon Oval at a breathtaking gallop. He also performed other acts that made the horses look like putty in his hands. “He knows how to spotlight their beauty, power and freedom with an exciting show,” said Lori Kaminski, President and CEO of Dressage at Devon. Tommie says that training horses to this level takes three ingredients—trust, respect, and a strong bond.