July 2015 Issue - page 6

Page 6
July 2015
In Her Second Grand Prix, Kelli Cruciotti, 17, Wins at Devon
which First Light finished fourth
and Mindful finished second.
Stewart has dominated the
Leading Hunter Rider title, having
won it 12 times, only interrupted
most recently by Farmer who
claimed the title in both 2013 and
2014. This year, the title returned
to Stewart who earned the top
accolade for the 13th time.
Maggie Jayne and TheAnswer,
tenth in the order for the $25,000
USHJA International Hunter Derby,
took over the lead and never relin-
quished it. Jayne and the 8-year-old
gelding earned scores of 90 and 87
from the two judging panels, which,
coupled with four high option
points, gave them a first round score
of 185. Thirty-two combinations
followed Jayne and TheAnswer in
the first round, including last year's
winners, Kelley Farmer and Mind-
ful, and 2013 winners Tori Colvin
and Inclusive, but none were able to
touch the leading score.
Second in the first round went
to Sandy Ferrell, Bernville, PA,
and Meralex Farm Inc.'s El Prime-
ro with a total from the two judges
of 180.5 points, while Harrisburg
native Jennifer Alfano and Helen
Lenahan's Miss Lucy rounded out
the top three with 180 points.
The Carriage Marathon was
won by the Hillcroft Farm entry
owned by Misdee and James Mill-
er, a team of bay Dutch Harness
horses driven by Todd Draheim,
also the top team in the Four-In-
Hand class for horses. The team
also received the Robert & Vir-
ginia Weaver Challenge Trophy as
the overall best turned out team.
Rachel Shoemaker of Malvern,
PA, a fifth generation Devon ex-
hibitor, earned her first blue ribbon
and her first championship driving
Willisbrook Farm's Rally Cart to
the Single Horse Driving Champi-
onship. Shoemaker recalls being at
Devon about 15 years ago to com-
pete in Three-Gaited Show Pleasure
classes and catching a glimpse of a
stunning mare competing in a Park
Horse class. Her family bought the
mare, named Carrigan's Magic, and
Shoemaker competed her for years
before deciding she wanted to try
breeding show horses. The result
of Shoemaker's first breeding from
Carrigan's Magic was Our New
Dawn, a 6-year-oldAmerican Sad-
dlebred mare, Shoemaker's partner
for her Devon championship.
Harvey Waller sped to a win
in the Scurry Driving class enroute
to taking the Horse Pairs Champi-
onship with the H. Waller Spider
Phaeton. The reserve honors in
the Horse Pairs Championship
went to Rich O'Donnell, who is
President of the Board of Direc-
tors of the Devon Horse Show
and Country Fair Inc. and Devon
Horse Show & Country Fair
Foundation. He drove the O'Don-
nell Spider Phaeton, which he
owns with his wife, to victory in
the Horse Pairs Pleasure Turnout.
Lisa Koehler's Koehler Gig,
driven by Nicole Cable, received
the Joseph M. Pierce Challenge
Trophy for the Single/Pair Pony
Driving Championship. The re-
serve championship in the compet-
itive division went to Tara Mili-
ziano-Crowley, driving her own
Miliziano-Crowley Saylor Wagon.
McKayla Langmeier and the
8-year-old Warmblood gelding
Cuba, owned by Missy Clark and
North Run, were the Overall Large
Junior Hunter Champions and the
Grand Junior Hunter Champions.
Victoria Colvin, champion
of both of the Junior 16 & 17
Hunter divisions, with Way Cool
and Canadian Blue, was named
Best Child Rider on a Horse for
a record fifth consecutive time.
Taylor St. Jacques was named
Best Child Rider on a Pony.
Competing in the jumpers for
the first time at the Devon Horse
Show at age 14, Daisy Farish of
Lexington, KY and Triviant led
the victory gallop in Saturday
night's $20,000 Show Jumping
Hall of Farm Junior Jumper Clas-
sic, taking home the Junior Jump-
er Championship and the Leading
Junior Jumper Rider Award.
Hunter Holloway, fromTope-
ka, KS, and her mount Any Given
Sunday won the R.W. "Ronnie"
Mutch Equitation Challenge
Trophy, presented each year to the
junior rider who shows the most
consistency throughout the two days
and four equitation classes. She won
theASPCAMaclay Horsemanship
Section C, the WIHS Equitation
Classic - Jumper Phase Section A
and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat
Medal Section C.
Hunter Breeding
Kenneth Wheeler Sr. cele-
brated his 87th birthday as Rich-
ard Taylor showed his Arbor Hill
to the Best Young Horse title.
Arbor Hill shipped from Cal-
ifornia to Taylor's base in Virginia
in February 2014."He came to us
on a stock trailer with a retired,
blind in one eye racehorse, a re-
tired equitation horse, a miniature
mule, three pregnant miniature
mares, and this horse rode from
California to Virginia in the
trailer’s dressing room," Taylor
said. "He had hair so long we
called him Fluffy. We made great
progress with him last year."
This year's Leading Handler,
Oliver Brown is a prior winner of
the Leading Handler title who has
been showing at the Devon Horse
Show for more than 30 years.
Hillcroft Farm’s Misdee
Wrigley Miller rode Moonbeams
And Dreams to first place in the
Three-Gaited Saddle Horse Am-
ateur Stake. Her husband, James
Miller, captured both the Single
Roadster Horse Championship on
Ring of Fire and the Five-Gaited
Saddle Horse Amateur Stake on
CH Fox Grape's Dauntless.
The Hicks family also
impressed as Danny Hicks drove
Janet Hicks' Jackie O to the Single
Roadster Pony Amateur Champi-
onship. Rodney Hicks then picked
up three wins: the Hackney Pony
Championship with Ed Ochsen-
schlager's The Spiderman, the
Single Hackney Horse Champi-
onship with Ed Ochsenschlager's
Heartland Good, and the Harness
Pony Championship with David &
Kierstin Cater's Mimi.
Janet Sterba earned multi-
ple tricolors as well, taking the
Five-Gaited English Show Pleasure
Horse Championship with CH
Callaway's Born For This and
the Fine Harness Horse Amateur
Championship with CH Caraway's
NewYork Minute, owned by Janet
and Jeff Sterba. Ashlee Wheaton,
of Nova Scotia rode CH Extreme-
ly Fortunut to the Three-Gaited
English Country Pleasure Horse
Championship. Maureen Quack-
enbush, of upstate NewYork,
competing at her first Devon Horse
Show, clinched the Hackney/Har-
ness Pony Pleasure Driving Cham-
pionship with C B Party Girl.
Show attendance reached the
highest levels of Devon’s recent
history, as close to 125,000 specta-
tors visited the grounds during the
11 days, while exhibitors increased
by 7 percent. "Our goals are quite
clear," said President Wayne Graf-
ton. "In short, we want to heighten
the Show's profile on a global scale
and, equally important, make the
necessary improvements to the fa-
cilities that will make Devon viable
for the next 120 years.”
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