November 2013 Issue - page 4

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November 2013
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
by Crystal Piaskowski
Gorgeous autumn weather
complimented the parade of
quality horseflesh during the six
days of competition at Dressage
at Devon. American-based former
Danish Olympic rider Lars Pe-
terson, now based in Wellington,
FL, won Saturday’s FEI Grand
Prix Freestyle Open on Mariett
with a score of 76.975%, fol-
lowed closely by Ashley Holzer,
a Canadian and four-time Olym-
pian, aboard Breaking Dawn
with a 76.5%. Tina Konyot, of
Palm City, FL, was third with
Calecto V and a 72.775%. Earlier
on Friday, Holzer won the FEI
Grand Prix Freestyle with Break-
ing Dawn and then the Grand
Prix Open with Jewel’s Adelante,
and continued on Sunday to
take home the blue for the FEI
Grand Prix Special, again with
Jewel’s Adelante. Second place
in Sunday’s FEI Grand Prix Spe-
cial went to Catherine Haddard
Staller, based in NJ, with Mane
Stream Hotmail.
Performance Divisions
Benjamin Albright, af-
filiated with KYB Dressage in
Maple Park, IL, piloted Kristen
Cooper’s Toscano to victory in
the FEI Young Rider Grand Prix
for 16-25 year olds, while Tanya
Strasser-Shostak and Action
Tyme, owned by Canadian Evi
Strasser, won the FEI Young
Rider Freestyle. Barbara (Bebe)
Davis captured the FEI Junior
Freestyle aboard Rotano, owned
by Michael and Sarah Davis, of
Jupiter, FL, as well as the FEI
Junior Team Test. Kimberly
Herslow, of Stockton, NJ, won
the FEI Intermediaire I Open
Qualifier aboard Rosemarin.
Dressage at Devon Boasts Beautiful Weather and Breathtaking Horses
Ashley Holzer, a four-time Canadian Olympian, entranced the
crowds as she conquered three out of the four FEI Grand Prix
classes with her geldings Jewel’s Adelante and Breaking Dawn.
Holzer is pictured here aboard the KWPN gelding Breaking Dawn as
she accepts the blue for the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Photo credit: Hoof Print Images 2013
Sahar Daniel Hirosh and
Aragon, owned by Francis
Murphy of Doylestown, PA,
won the USEF 4th Level Test of
Choice Great American Insurance
Group/USDF Qualifier. Largo Di
Molton, ridden by Jane Hannigan
and owned by Suzanne Southall,
of Newton, MA, won the USEF
4th Level Test 3. Due to its popu-
larity, the USDF 4th Level Test 2
Open was split into two sec-
tions, 3A and 3B. Laine W. Hills,
DVM, from Fort Lauderdale,
FL, won 3A with Ukarde, and
Silva Martin, of Unionville, PA,
won 3B aboard Zoran. Martin’s
husband, Boyd, well-known for
his success in Olympic event-
ing, took second in Wednesday’s
5-Year-Old Suitability class with
Dhouble Scoop.
Nancy Lewis-Stanton and
Bellatesse HTF, owned by Chris
Schuler of Fleetwood, PA, took
first in the USEF Young Horse
Test for Four-Year-Olds. Nadine
Buberl and Fashion Designer
Old, owned by Dr. Cesar Parra,
based in Whitehouse Station, NJ,
won both Thursday and Friday’s
FEI Young Horse Test for 5-Year-
Olds. Wanja Gerlach and Ribery
20, from Middleburg, VA, won
the FEI Young Horse Test for
6-Year-Olds.
German Oldenburgs
Sweep Breed Show
Before the Performance Di-
vision, Dressage at Devon held
the world’s largest breed show
where participants are judged
60% on movement, 30% on con-
formation, and 10% on overall
impression. After 19 different
breed classes, the 2013 Dressage
at Devon Breed Division Grand
Champion winner and recipient
of the Curtis Paul Cheyney Jr.
Memorial Trophy was Sani-
belle, a German Oldenburg mare
owned by Susan Craft of Elon,
NC, and bred by Louise Rascoe.
The Reserve Grand Champion
of All Stallions/Mares/Geldings
went to La Belladonna, a Ger-
man Oldenburg owned and bred
by Nancy Holoweski of Crosia-
dore Farm, located in MD. Totil
Hit, son of the famed Totalis,
won the bronze Donnerhall
Perpetual Trophy for the High-
est Scoring German Oldenburg
as well as winning the German
Oldenburg Verbrand class, the
largest IBC class at Devon. Totil
Hit is bred and owned by Sherry
and Don Smith, of Mansfield,
Georgia.
Local Iron Spring
Farm Champions
Jupiter ISF, a Friesian from
Iron Spring Farm in Coatesville,
PA, was the Overall Colt/Gelding
Champion despite stiff com-
petition. He also was Reserve
Champion in the Friesian class,
second in the Two-Year-Old
Colt/Gelding class, and third in
the Great American/USDF Colt
Final. Holding their own against
the numerous warmbloods,
Friesians Nynke Ris and Yfke
fan Fjildsicht, both of Iron Spring
Farm, placed fourth and fifth,
respectively, in the Four Years &
Older Broodmare class.
Iron Spring Farm charged
full steam ahead when full sisters
Izara ISF and Isadora ISF placed
first and second in the Fillies of
2013 class and were Champion
and Reserve Champion in both
the Devon Foal Championship
and Great American/USDF Foal
Final. Iron Spring Farm’s Dutch
Warmblood Watch Me won
Produce of Dam while Floraya
ISF won the Filly Championship
early Tuesday. The Colt/Gelding
Championship went to Cha Ching
of Hilltop Farm, based in Colora,
MD.
Unusual Breeds & Two
Retirements
Breeder Maryanna Haymon
of Columbus, NC, won both
the Mare Championships Great
American/USDFBC Quali-
fier with Diamond Girl and the
Get of Sire with Don Principe.
Rosa Parks, a three-year-old
filly owned and bred by Kristine
Pino, won the Born in the USA
class while Cinderella, a German
Riding Pony, won the Suitable
to Become a Dressage Horse for
Six-Year-Olds with Erin Brook
Freedman, of EBF Sport Horses,
located in Oak Hill, VA. Maat
van Ulitert and Troubador, a
Florida-based gelding out of a
rescued New Holland mare, won
the Appaloosa Sport Horse divi-
sion. April Schultz won the class
with CCS Legolas, owned by
Maureane Hoffman of Durham,
NC.
German Oldenburg breeder
Mo Swanson, from Slatington,
PA, won the Breeder’s Group
Class, and Tommie Turvey
entertained the crowds with his
flashy Paint geldings Joker’s
Wild and Ace in the Hole. Sat-
urday presented Rocher, owned
by Joann and Chuck Smith,
the record-setting Westphalian
mare and the only horse to win
the Grand Prix and Grand Prix
Freestyle three times, with her
formal retirement ceremony in
the Dixon Oval. A ceremony was
also held for Axel Steiner, an
FEI-O and 5* judge. After judg-
ing the Olympic Games, the Pan
American Games, the World Cup
Finals, decades of Dressage at
Devon, along with a host of other
national and international events,
Steiner is retired at the age of
72. Tiffany Arey of Collegeville,
PA won the popular Ladies’ Hat
Contest on Friday for prettiest
hat, Stephanie Dahne, from West
Chester, PA, won most creative,
and Sarah Ford, of Chadds Ford,
PA, won most unusual.
Overall, Dressage at Devon
was again an eventful, treasured
venue for both fresh and seasoned
riders as well as a satisfying show
for spectators.
Complete results are avail-
able at dressageatdevon.org.
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