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

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.

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World-Class Scores for Top Riders in the Dressage at Devon Grand Prix Freestyle

Under sunshine and stars spectators at Dressage at Devon were treated to impressive rides.

FEI Grand Prix Open

Lars Petersen, an American-based former Danish Olympic rider, and Mariett (Come Back II x Zendi), a Danish bay mare, wowed the audience with an impressive 76.975 scoring ride in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. “The horse keeps getting better and stronger,” said Petersen. Dressage judge Axel Steiner said he was thrilled to see Mariett come back after a serious foot injury which took two years to heal.

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Horses and Haberdashery Make a Winning Impression at Dressage at Devon

The sun shone down on record crowds today at Dressage at Devon as spectators and dressage enthusiasts enjoyed whimsical hats, fabulous fare, exciting exhibition riding and fierce competitive rides.

Winning Hats Feature Feathers and Flowers

Friday afternoon brought the annual Ladies’ Hat Contest sponsored by Dark Horse Chocolates and The Engraver. After entrants displayed their haberdashery in the Dixon Oval, Jennifer Reed, a radio personality from 92.5 WXTU/Philadelphia, announced the three winners.

Tiffany Arey, of Collegeville, Pennsylvania has dominated the ‘Prettiest Hat’ category for the last three years. After working on her hat for the last month, she once again walked away with the award. Her hat was double brimmed with ivory sinamay straw and trimmed in black and white. She decorated it with homemade black and ivory flowers and butterflies made of feathers, and finished it with a black veil. Tiffany had ordered a dress especially for the occasion that complemented the hat. When it did not arrive in time, she had to scramble to put together a new outfit-- a white suit, black bag, and black shoes and stockings. With the help of a Dressage at Devon vendor, she named the hat and overall look ‘split decision.’

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Day 3: Breed Division Ends as Performance Begins

The Breed Division ended with the Individual Breed Classes, featuring19 breeds of all sizes, colors and shapes with one thing in common – they were all the best of their breeds.

German Oldenburg’s Dance at Dressage at Devon

The Grand Champion and USDF Mare Champion of the 2013 Breed Show was the eye-catching 2008 German Oldenburg mare Sanibelle by Sir Donnerhall I out of Lunar Wind by Lorke-Der Radetzky, bred by Louise Rascoe, owned by Susan Craft. In the Materiale Championship, the dynamic 2008 German Oldenburg mare Verb.Pr.St. La Belladonna by Hofrat out of Verb.Pr.St. La Donnarina by Donnerhall-Pik Bube, bred and owned by Nancy Holowesko of Crosiadore Farm took the Reserve Grand Championship of all Materiale mares, stallions and geldings. The Breeders Group Class was won by German Oldenburg breeder Mo Swanson of Rolling Stone Farm who presented a lovely group of horses that bested the groups from the other top farms in the country. The German Oldenburg Verband class was one of the largest IBC classes at Devon in 2013 and was won by Totil Hit by Totilas out of Stellar Hit by Sandro Hit-Wolkentanz II, bred and owned by Sherry and Don Smith. Totil Hit was also presented the beautiful bronze Donnerhall Perpetual Trophy for the Highest Scoring German Oldenburg by Verband employee Emily Yeomans.

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Day 1: Fillies, Colts, Mares – Oh My!

Under the shining sun, young horses strutted, trotted (and every once in awhile) bucked in the Dixon Oval on the first day of the Dressage at Devon Breed Show.

“It’s a full house this year,” said Melanie Sloyer, Chair of the Breed Show. “We have more than 300 youngsters showing, with 20 different breeds in the IBC classes on Thursday.”

Days 1 – 3 are the world-renowned Breed Show with Young Horse/Sport Horse, Mature Horse/Breeding Horse, and Under Saddle Classes for horses 3 years and up. Weighting of scores for Young Horse classes is based 60% on movement, 30% on confirmation, and 10% on general impression.

While all the classes are exciting (especially with unpredictable youngsters), today’s Championship classes were a high point.

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