July 2017 Issue - page 10

Page 10
July 2017
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
McLain Ward Wins Ninth Devon Grand Prix with Rothchild
Working Hunter division was
Jennifer Hannan aboard Flamin-
go-K, owned by Equinimity LLC.
Stewart accumulated the
most points to secure the high-
ly-coveted Devon Leading Hunt-
er Rider award and the Helen
Hope Montgomery Scott Perpetu-
al Trophy for the thirteenth time.
Louise Serio guided Kings
Landing, owned by Meralex Farm,
Inc., to the prize in the Green 3'6"
Hunter division, sponsored by
Dr. Betsee Parker and Huntland.
The Kennett Square, PA, native
claimed the James J. Piehler Me-
morial Challenge Trophy on Tues-
day. The 7-year-old Hanoverian
gelding finished in second place
in the stake round with a score of
88.5 on Tuesday and took home
two blues over fences with scores
of 89 and 92 on Monday.
Behind Serio was reserve
champion Daniel Geitner and
Walk the Moon, owned by Lynn
Seithel. Geitner secured first
place honors in the stake round
after judges awarded them a score
of 89 on Tuesday and had two
third place ribbons for earning
scores of 87.5 and 88 over fences.
Open Jumpers
The first international show
jumping competition on Tuesday
evening, May 30, was the $50,000
Devon Welcome Stake CSI4*.
Of 53 horses and athletes, USA's
Andrew Kocher risked it all to
come away with his first Devon
win aboard MKO Equestrian
LLC's Navalo De Poheton. Six-
teen combinations qualified for
the jump off. USA's Callan Solem
and Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC's
VDLWizard finished in 36.850
seconds for second place honors.
Laura Chapot (USA) and her own
and McLain Ward's Quointreau
Un Prince rounded out the top
three in 36.860 seconds.
International show jumpers
returned to the Dixon Oval on
Wednesday, May 31 to compete
in the $40,000 Devon Internation-
al Speed Stake CSI4*. Sydney
Shulman (USA), age 22 of Back
Country Farm, Greenwich, CT,
outpaced 45 horses and riders to
win the one-round speed compe-
tition. In second place was Great
Britain's Amanda Derbyshire with
David Gochman's Lady Maria BH.
The United States' Jimmy Torano
and his own and Danielle Torano's
Day Dream completed the top
three finishers in 63.340 seconds.
Following Wednesday's
second place finish in the Inter-
national Speed Stake and Friday's
win in the $35,000 Devon Speed
Challenge CSI4*, Lady Maria
BH, ridden by Derbyshire, was
crowned the 2017 Open Jumper
champion and winner of the Little
Big Man Challenge Trophy with
16 points.
With the addition of her third
place finish in Thursday's Grand
Prix and with a total of 22 points,
Derbyshire was also awarded the
Leading Open Jumper Rider and
Leading Lady Rider trophies.
Side Saddle
Ladies Day at the Devon
Horse Show and County Fair
featured a long-standing tradition:
The Ladies Side Saddle cham-
pionship. The hunter hack and
over fences classes were featured
during the day, and competitors re-
turned in the evening for the final
under saddle class. Ultimately, the
True Blue Challenge Trophy was
awarded to Gillian Beale King and
Natalie Peterson's Alta Mira who
accumulated a first, second and
third place ribbon. Debra Taylor
and Hypnotic earned the reserve
champion tricolor.
Driving
Spectators gathered around
the Dixon Oval on Memorial
Day, May 29, for the presenta-
tion of the tricolors for the Horse
Pairs and the Single/Pair Pony
Driving championship. Rich-
ard O'Donnell, president of the
Devon Horse Show and Country
Fair, received the Challenge
Trophy and Horse Pairs champi-
onship title for the second year
in a row after accumulating the
most points in the division’s three
classes Sunday and Monday. The
O'Donnell team drove to victory
in their 1880 Spider Phaeton.
Molly Neville and Helen
Lenahan's ponies returned to the
winner's circle, after winning
Sunday's Carriage Pleasure Drive
championship, to earn the Single/
Pair Pony Driving championship.
Neville earned the most points
over the two-day competition in
her Relhok Serenity Blue carriage.
It was a bittersweet win for Nev-
ille as Lenahan recently passed.
The Four-in-Hand Coaching
division was also a featured event
in the Monday evening session,
with John White earning the win
for the second year in a row in
the Excelsior Road Coach.
The Best Tailgate Picnic
Trophy and the Gilbert Sheck
Memorial Challenge Trophy were
awarded to William Venditta and
the Brewster Coach.
In the 51st running of the
Carriage Pleasure Drive, Tanya
Mackeand was awarded the blue
in the Two-Wheel Single Harness
division in her Dog Cart. The
blue in the Four-Wheel Single
Harness division was awarded to
Betsy Demarino VMD, who was
driving her 150-year-old vehicle,
the Moor and Sons Ralli Car.
Richard O'Donnell won the
Double Harness-Pairs-Tandems
division. The Carriage Pleasure
Drive Amateur Whip Award and
Susie S. Buchanan Perpetual
Trophy were also awarded to
O'Donnell for exemplifying the
tradition of carriage driving at the
highest level.
Frances and Wayne Baker
in the Roof Seat Break carriage
earned the Third Susan Addis
Challenge Trophy in the Four-
in-Hand division. The Martin Auc-
tioneers Inc. Perpetual Trophy was
awarded to Mrs. Collin F. McNeil
in her Saylor Wagon/Governess
Cart for her win in the Two-Wheel
Single Harness Pony division.
The winner of the Four-Wheel
Single Harness Pony division was
Zana White in the Sailor Wagon.
Carriage Pleasure Drive cham-
pion, Neville, also received the
individual blue in the Pony Double
Harness-Pairs-Tandems division.
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Arena Eventing
Sunday evening, May 28, 23
international eventing horse-and-
rider combinations competed in
a brand-new competition, Devon
Arena Eventing, based on two of
the three disciplines that make up
three-day eventing: Cross-coun-
try and stadium jumping.
The course was designed by
Captain Mark Phillips, former
coach of the U.S. Olympic event-
ing team. Horses and riders entered
must have attained a qualifying
score in a CCI2* or be competing
at 1.40m in show jumping.
The first round took horses
and riders through both the Gold
Ring and Dixon Oval over 25 ob-
stacles--15 cross country obstacles
and the remainder show jumping
fences--with faults for knockdowns
and exceeding the maximum time.
The second round brought
back the top 12 to compete in
a jump-off over a shortened
course in the Dixon Oval. USA's
Sarah Kozumplik Murphy and
the 11-year-old Selle Français
gelding Rubens D’ysieux, owned
by Rubens D'ysieux Syn. LLC,
completed both phases with no
penalties, finishing the jump-off
in 75.03 seconds for the win.
Finishing second was USA's
Jennie Brannigan and Nina Gard-
ner's Cambalda, with no faults and
a phase two time of 79.05 seconds.
Finishing third was USA's Erika
Nesler and Doug and Cindy Howe's
Right Above It with zero penalties
and a time of 80.92 seconds.
Among the eventing com-
petitors were U.S. Rio Olympic
eventers Phillip Dutton and Boyd
Martin and Olympic show jumper
Kevin Babington.
Breeding
For the third year in a row,
Venture Stable's Richard Taylor
of Montpelier Station, VA, was
the handler of the winning Best
Young Horse on the final Sunday,
June 4. This time, it was Renoir, a
2-year-old Oldenburg colt owned
by Susan Tice-Grossmann, by
Rosenthal out of Parabol, bred
by John Barilar. Second place
finisher, Solaris EMF, owned by
Cismont Manor Farm, was han-
dled by Kenneth Wheeler, Sr.
The Leading Handler Award
was presented to Oliver Brown of
Reva, VA.
By Suzy Lucine
This year marked the 51st
year for the annual Devon
Carriage Drive, which covers
4.5 miles through Devon’s back
roads and neighborhoods. Along
the route, residents line the road
to watch and wave as exhibitors
pass their properties, and share
their joy for horses by inviting
friends to a picnic lunch on their
front lawns.
Karen Schell of Northamp-
ton, PA, drove her nine-year-old
Morgan gelding, Hylee’s Tripoly,
to a second place finish in the
Single Horse Four-Wheel divi-
sion. Karen has only been driving
Locals Find Success at
the Devon Horse Show
‘Trip’ for the past five months
under the direction of PJ and Tara
Crowley of Kendalwood Farm in
Zionsville, PA.
‘Trip’ went on to win the
Pleasure Driving Turnout class
for Single Horses in the Dixon
Oval on Monday night, pulling a
1908 wicker basket Studebaker
Stanhope. He went on to win the
Single Horse Driving Champi-
onship. “Trip is very sensitive,
smart and a love bug,” Tara said.
“He loves his job and has no bot-
tom, he just loves to work.”
Rachel Shoemaker of Wil-
lisbrook Farm in Malvern, PA,
Hylee's Tripoly won the Single Horse Driving Championship. He was driven by owner Karen Schell,
who was accompanied by PJ Crowley.
Photo by Equiscape Photography
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