Dressage at Devon 2016: Day 1
Dressage at Devon 2016 kicked off September 28, with the yearlings, two, three and four year old fillies, colts and geldings in the Dixon Oval and Gold Ring. The Dressage at Devon Breed Show is a major event in the dressage world with top breeders from around the country attending.
“What started out 41 years ago as a new show with just a few horses in the breed division has grown into the largest open breed show in the world. The biggest breeders in the nation bring their fillies, colts, stallions and mares to show their horses, conduct business, make new contacts and just visit with old friends,” said Melanie Sloyer, Chair of the Breed Division.
The Breeders agree. Klaus Schengber, from High Point Hanovarians (Chestertown, MD), has been coming to Dressage at Devon for 30 years. “As a breeder, it’s good marketing. To advertise successes at Devon stands for something. Plus, you can meet all your friends and have a good time!”
In a breed show, handlers are a key part of the competition, working to show off their horses. But it can be tough as the young foals, unused to being at a show, don’t always cooperate. And it get’s tougher when it comes to judging.
It takes an expert team of judges to look at the foals, in what is, effectively a snapshot in time. “We are looking for potential international dressage prospects that have a good future,” said Debbie Riehl-Rodriguez, a USEF “S” judge, Sport Horse Breeding judge and a member of the USDF “L” faculty for judges training. “(Because they are so young) they can change over a short period of time and so it is awkward to judge yearlings and two year olds.”
But the judges do their jobs well.
“We look for pretty horses but they have to have a natural uphill balance,” said Renee Johnson, who has compete successfully to Grand Prix and holds Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. “Even though they are in growth stages, we look for excellence in confirmation and above average movement correctness that indicates durability. But just because a horse doesn’t win, doesn’t mean that they won’t do well as they grow,” continued Johnson.
Both Johnson and Riehl-Rodriguez have nothing but high praise for Dressage at Devon. “It is a real privilege to be invited here,” said Riehl-Rodriguez. Added Johnson, “Dressage at Devon has a worldwide reputation.”
Young horses were everywhere, each with its own unique qualities. And with 20+ classes, there were many winners. Here are a few:
The Foal Championship at Dressage at Devon on September 27th was won by Logan ISF (Contango, Preferential x Bicara, Elite) bred and owned by Iron Spring Farm Inc. of Coatesville, PA.
The three year old Fillie Materiale was won by Serenade MF (Sir Donnehil x Duet), a Hanovarian mare bred by Maryanna Haymon and owned by Alice Tarjan.
As the first day drew to a close, The GAIG/USDFBC East Coast Filly Final was won by Dulce Rosa (For Romance/Jamaica/Dorina) with a score of 80.287 and bred by Marne Barton-Tucker from Woodbine, MD. The GAIG/USDFBC East Coast Colt and Gelding Final was won by Imperial ISF (Florianus II x Andorra ISF), a bay KWPN gelding, with a score of 78.375 and bred by Iron Spring Farm in Coatesville, PA.
All results are available at www.dressageatdevon.org.
Dressage at Devon 2016: Day 2, The Breed Class Continues
The breed division of Dressage at Devon continued on Wednesday with suitability, under saddle, Materiale classes and much more.
Generations at DAD
Much like the Olympics, there are always great, behind-the-scenes stories at Dressage at Devon (DAD). For example, there is the three generation Reggio/Belles family – breeders, trainers, riders and handlers from Windy Ridge Farm in Bethel, PA who have been competing at DAD since 1989. And, while multiple generations of riders at DAD are not all that unusual, this family is quite special.
Judy Reggio (Suzanne’s mom and Tori’s grandmother) had what she calls a “chronic disease,” centered around her love of horses. She wanted to be Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. When she was young, she and a few friends made the money to buy and care for a $100 horse. She went on to start Windy Ridge farm and coached polocrosse. Suzanne Reggio-Belles, Judy’s daughter and Tori’s mom, started out as a rider, spent time in pony club and has trained a baby to I1. Today, she showed her 4-year old in the GA/USDFBC 4/5 Year Old Materiale Championship.
Then there’s Tori who got her start at DAD in a leadline class at the age of six. She has had many successes on her horses in Dressage Seat Equitation and today, came in third in the Youth Handler class as well as earning the high score for a Dutch warmblood awarded by KWPN NA. The future is bright for Tori who rides Charlotte, a German Sport Pony, owned by Ilona English of Summit Sporthorses and will be getting an FEI pony next week from the Dressage4Kids program started and run by Lendon Gray.
Born in the USA
The “Born in the USA” Breeders Awards was started at Dressage at Devon in 2003 and since that time other shows have followed suit. The class features foals born in the US, and these horses prove that the US can successfully compete with international breeders. Prize money is divided among fourteen categories including Mares, Stallions, Fillies and Colts of 2016, Yearling Fillies and Colts, Two year old Fillies and Colts and others. This year’s class high score was earned by Royal Celeste FH (Royal Classic x Diorienne), bred by Eliza Rutherford and owned by Quinnten Alston of Colera MD with a score of 83.4000.
The Inaugural GA/USDFBC 4/5 Year Olds Materiale Championship
This year is the first year for the BA/USDFBC 4/5 Year Old Materiale Championship classes in which mares, stallions and geldings compete together. “I think it’s fabulous,” says Judge Christal Carlson. “We are trying to produce riding horses and this gives us the opportunity to see them together. Now we can pick the best horse!” The class was won by Harvest, owned by Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, NJ.
A Few Highlights
The high scorer of the day was Harvest, a 4 year old black stallion with a fabulous score of 88.604.
The Mare Championship was won by Stenagers Welina owned by Nancy Radtke and the Stallion Championship was won by Finery (Furstenball x Sanetta) owned by Ann Howard and bred by Otto Langemeyer.
The Breeder’s Group was won by Broadfields 121 (North Andover, MA) and Cara Kettenbach with a score of 80.750.
AllThe GAIG/USDEFBC East Coast Stallion Final winner was Royal Tourmalet SPF (Royal Prince x Ms Adira) owned by Joanna Gray-Randle and bred by Gina Leslie.
All results are available at www.dressageatdevon.org.
All photos courtesy of Hoof Print Images
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