Dressage at Devon Welcomes Back Top Competitors to Largest Open Dressage Breed Show
The highly anticipated, USEF Heritage Competition Dressage at Devon started bright and early Tuesday morning, welcoming some of North America’s top competitors and a plethora of fans back to the iconic Dixon Oval for another year of excitement and time-honored tradition. To start the week, individual breed classes and up-and-coming talent in the young horse classes stepped foot in the Dixon Oval and Wheeler Ring. At the conclusion of a packed day and numerous ribbons awarded, new titles were given to this year’s handler champions, breeding group champions, and the Pony division champions.
In the Wheeler Ring, James Jackson was named the top Adult Amateur Handler, showing Springborgs Device in style in his Dressage at Devon debut. Jackson noted that he and Springborgs Device, a 10-year-old mare owned by Renee Oleary, have a great partnership and frequently spend time trail riding at home together. For the mare’s first time showing with Jackson by her side at the electric venue, he was pleased that she was on her best behavior at the show. Jackson earned a score of 80.1% for his performance in the class presented by Envirostall. Rachel Hosier took home second place honors with Raycita WS, her own yearling filly, with a score of 79.6%. Jordan Gray and Attis, Renee Tucci’s yearling colt, finished in third with a score of 78.1%.
In the Youth Handler class, presented by Intec Performance/International Riding Helmets, Georgia Brame topped the leaderboard with Laudable VT, a 10-year-old mare owned by Beth Bass, on a score of 82.1% Finishing in second place was Ella Rose Trull with Roosewelt, earning a score of 76.3%, while Noelle Telep rounded out the top three with HD Victory, an 8-year-old mare owned by Gillian McCarthy, on a score of 76%.
he highlighted individual breed class of the day, the Hanoverian Class presented by the American Hanoverian Society, saw a competitive field of 23 horses and handlers take to the ring. In the end, it was Quinnten Alston with Frida Kahlo QC, a 2-year-old mare owned by Jonathan Clarke, who took home the blue ribbon with a score of 85.95%. King Santacruz with Roosewelt, a yearling colt owned by Angela Mirarchi, finished in second place with a score of 79.7%, while Elizabeth Schneider with Cadence LSR, a 5-year-old mare owned by Sandra Warner, finished third with a 79.675%.
To wrap up the day’s individual breed classes, the top placing entries in each class were welcomed back to the Dixon Oval for the Parade of Breeds. A true salute to the best of the best, the tradition of having representatives from each breed present in the arena for another chance of recognition is always highly anticipated. Exhibitors were welcomed back for the special presentation and prizes offered by Horse Scents to close out the afternoon’s festivities.
Iron Spring Farm’s infamous stallion Tjalbert 460, a 16-year-old Friesian stallion, was named the Get of Sire winner with a score of 78.35% following the presentation of several of his progeny. The award was presented by The Equine Artisan to Quinnten Alston. Vasari, a 6-year-old Hanoverian stallion, finished in second place with Samantha Kidd on a score of 78.15%. Lindegaards Elliot, a 9-year-old Knabstrupper stallion, took third with Meagan Maloney on 73.9%.
Waikiki, a 19-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare owned by Melanie Harper, was named the champion of the Produce of Dam class, presented by Flexible Fit Equestrian, earning a score of 79.8% with Katie Cook. Dynastie Damon’s D’amara, a 9-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Sue Anne Wells, finished close behind in second place with Bruce Griffin III on a score of 79.1%. Florida May K, Olga Iglikova’s own 7-year-old Hanoverian mare, took home third place with 75%.
In the Breeder’s Group class, presented by Arista Equestrian, that followed, it was ultimately Iron Spring Farm with Quinnten Alston who claimed the top prize with a score of 82%. Hilltop Farm Breeder’s Group took the second place position with King Santacruz, earning a score of 80.95%, while MP Sporthorses with Melanie Harper finished in third place with 79.2%.