Dressage at Devon 2022 Concludes with FEI Freestyle Performances
Dressage at Devon came to a close Sunday, featuring the final freestyle performances of the FEI Young Rider and Intermediate I division performances. Despite a rainy start to the day, competitors kept the energy alive at the historic venue to end the week on a high note with their musical routines, wrapping up with the CDI3* Intermediate I Freestyle, presented by Stubben North America.
Kicking off the morning’s rides, Alice Tarjan and Jane, her own 8-year-old Oldenburg mare, dominated the CDI3* Intermediate B class, presented by Pure Insurance, with a new personal best of 71.459%. Donna Gatchel and Reflection, a 9-year-old mare owned by Margaret Groom, finished with the red ribbon on a score of 64.838%, while Canada’s Rebecca Cowden and Sinatra’s Rose RS, her own 12-year-old mare, took third with 61.108%.
In the FEI Young Riders Freestyle, presented by Der Dau, Olivia Turcott and Lalique, a 15-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Patricia Piccillo, earned the top spot with a score of 69.18% for their harmonious, choreographed routine. Megan Tursi and So Speciale Edition, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare owned by Isabelle Thompson, finished with second place and a score of 68.92%, while Grace Culley and Steinway, an 18-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Nancy Holowesko, rounded out the top three for the division. In the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle for Amateurs, presented by Cesar Parra, that followed, Emily O’Neill and Funky-Boy, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Lynn Rzonca, took home the win with a score of 66.47%. Meghan Richards and Kingstown, her own 7-year-old KWPN gelding, took second place with 63.92%.
The final class of Dressage at Devon 2022, the CDI3* Intermediate I Freestyle, presented by Stubben North America, kicked off at 12:15 p.m. Lauren Chumley was the first to enter the ring with Santa Barbara Dash, her own 9-year-old Oldenburg mare, being awarded a score of 73.042%. Next in was Canada’s Christian Garweg with Excalibur RS, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Karen Meyer, earning a 69.792%. Erin Bonneville and Qennett HTF, her own Hanoverian 8-year-old gelding, followed putting up an impressive Jurassic Park themed freestyle performance to overtake Garweg and secure second place with a score of 71.125%. Silva Martin and Esperanto, a 13-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Christine Capano, were last in the ring, earning a 69.5% that would award them the fourth place ribbon for the day. Chumley and Santa Barbara Dash were still unchallenged at the wrap of the class, taking home the blue ribbon. Bonneville and Qennett HTF finished in second place, while Garweg took the third place ribbon.