Dressage at Devon's breed show concluded on Thursday, September 27 in Devon, PA, with something for everyone. Breed and performance competitors were at their best, under mostly clear skies.
Thursday morning’s competition started off with sunshine and the breed show, featuring many outstanding horses, but there were two that stood out.
This striking 17.3 hand, 3-year-old Oldenburg mare, Summersby II (Sezuan), bred by Nicole Wanning and owned by Grand Prix rider, Alice Tarjan, won the Filly Championship, taking home the blue in the 3-year-old Dressage at Devon Prospect Champion, and winning the Dressage at Devon Grand Championship and the USDF DSHB Mare Final with a score of 80.925. She was in the winner’s circle again, placing first in the USDFBC Three Year Old Materiale Championship with a score of 91.25. Tarjan is known for ability to spot a new prospect and bring it along to top levels—in her spare time. She is a lawyer who works with her husband in their trucking and rigging business as well as in real estate.
Also standing out in the ring was Dhanube (Destano/Special Premium Lhorna Doone by Londonderry), owned and bred by Maureen Swanson, a breeder from Slatington, PA. This 16.2, chestnut mare, was Dressage at Devon Reserve Champion Mature Horse, overall high score Born in the USA (84.350%), winner of 4-year-old and older Maiden Mares, 4-year-old and older mares under saddle, GOV class, and Mare Champion. She is fifth generation from Swanson’s breeding program and descends from her first Hanoverian riding mare.
The USDF DSHB Stallion Final was won by Lionel, a 17.1 bay Danish gelding, owned by Cara Kettenbach and bred by Oak Hill Ranch in North Andover, MA.
The USDFBC Current Year Foal Final was won by Noah ISF (Contango/Cayenne w) is a 12.3 bay stallion bred by Iron Spring Farm.
The USDFBC Filly Final was won by Savannah HTF (Sternlicht ggf/Allegra q) with a score of 78.438. This two-year-old Hanoverian was bred by Hilltop Farm (Colera, MD).
The Performance Division started with the FEI YH Test for 4, 5 and 6 year olds, the USEF Fourth Level Texts of Choice and the FEI or Equivalent Test of Choice. Awards will be given on Saturday.
Today’s performances include the FEI Grand Prix CDI CDI13*, a qualifier for the Grand Prix Special and the FEI Grand Prix CDIW, the qualifier for the Grand Prix Freestyle.