It’s the last week of May and you see this color:
You’re thinking: a box from Tiffany’s, The Robin’s eggs that have just hatched, a beautiful cloudless sky? If you’re one of the legions of competitive hunter or jumper riders, breeders, pony, horse or coaching drivers, side saddle, gaited or western riders, you are seeing Devon Blue, the ubiquitous color that drapes the boxes and grandstands at The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
The first Saturday night of the 2012 Devon Horse Show brings a chance to check out the vendors, the food, the carnival, who else is there, and, oh yeah, the horses. Devon has something for everyone punctuated by a few traditions of its very own.
Competitors walk the course with their coaches just prior to the first round.
Course builders tweak the jumps and rake the footing.
Class 203, the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper SJHOF Classic was won by Victoria Colvin on Waminka, owned by Rivers Edge, taking home $4500.00 for her effort.
A Clean Round One….
…and here winning the Time First Jump Off.
Victoria Colvin picked up the second place, as well, with her own Monsieur du Reverdy, winning $3000.00.
The Clean Round One…
….followed by the winning time-first jump off.
Before you read any further, take a closer look at images (5) and (7) above to see what I discovered today on editing these images:
Victoria Colvin took the last two jumps in the winning ride…… without stirrups.!
Following the Junior Jumpers, there was a competition for Hunt Teams, won by Royal Crown Stables. Radnor Foxhounds came to the ring and made a swing through with Huntsman Joe Cassidy. Young rider/trainer Lizzie Traband gave a demonstration with her pony riding Unicorn and performing several tricks with him.
You can see more of Lizzie at her Youtube video:
She is a most impressive young lady.
Cindy and Audrey Buchanan rode together in the Parent and Child class, taking fourth. They hunt with Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds.
Finally, the Buchanans won the Family Class with Cindy, Audrey and Maggie (on the far right in this picture) riding Side Saddle. Father Richard Buchanan rode astride. The family moved through the walk, trot, canter and turning phases as one.