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EQUUS Foundation & USEF Congratulate Devon’s Best Performers

June 13, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

WESTPORT, CT – June 3, 2014 – Just qualifying for horse shows like the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair is an accomplishment in itself, but over 120 exhibitors went the extra difference by participating in the Best Performance Competition, the new joint effort of the EQUUS Foundation that rewards competitive excellence and also supports horse welfare.

2014 Devon Best Performers Photo by Brenda Carpenter courtesy of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair.

2014 Devon Best Performers
Photo by Brenda Carpenter courtesy of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair.


Devon’s Best Performance Competition Winners
Class Action owned by Meridian Partners LLC & ridden by Megan MacPherson
Patrick owned by Dr. Betsee Parker & ridden by Victoria Colvin
Clearway owned by Heritage Farm, Inc., & ridden by Caitlin Boyle
Spellbound owned & ridden by Bernadette Chungunco*
Way Cool owned by Dr. Betsee Parker & ridden by Victoria Colvin*
Truman owned by Maypine Farm & ridden by Christopher Payne
Mindful owned by Glefke & Kensel, LLC & ridden by Kelley Farmer*
Russian Gold owned & ridden by Kimberly Maloomian*
Humor Me owned by Stephanie Danhakl & ridden by Scott Stewart
Empire owned by David Gochman & ridden by Becky Gochman
Coming Soon – A National Standing of Best Performance Competition Winners!
*Two-time winner.

Next Up with 33 Chances to Win!
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic

Week I: June 10-15, 2014
Week II: June 18-22, 2014
Contact or visit the horse show office to enter the Best Performance Competition, or purchase your armband(s) directly from the EQUUS Foundation by clicking Here!
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(In Chronological Order)
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic I
June 10-15, 2014
Ox Ridge June Horse Show
June 15, 2014
Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show
June 17-21, 2014
Atlanta Summer Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Skidmore College Saratoga Classic II
June 18-22, 2014
Brandywine Valley Summer Series I
June 24-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer I
June 25-29, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer II
July 2-6, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Summer III
July 9-13, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping August
August 20-24, 2014
Buffalo International
September 10-14, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September I
September 17-21, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping September II
September 24-28, 2014
Princeton Show Jumping Classic
October 1-5, 2014
Washington International Horse Show
October 21-26, 2014
National Horse Show
October 28, 2014 – November 2, 2014
Ox Ridge December Horse Show
December 6-7, 2014
Gulf Coast Winter Classic V
March 2015
Herring Brook Farm Horse Show
March 2015 & April 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week I
March 2015
Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Week II
March 2015
Princeton Show Jumping April Jumper & April Classic
April 2015
Texas Shoot Out
April 2015
Saratoga Springs Horse Show
April-May 2015
Devon Horse Show & Country Fair
May-June 2015
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Best Performance

Learn more about the Best Performance Competition!

About EQUUS Foundation: The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity established in 2002, also known as Horse Charities of America, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, enabling the therapeutic use of horses for those in need, fostering the horse-human bond, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact the EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail:, Website:

About USEF: Established in 1917, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF),, is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement, and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF promotes the safety and welfare of horses and riders while encouraging interest, participation and excellence at every competitive level and for all breed and discipline affiliates within the Federation family equally. The USEF is the only national organization dedicated to the promotion of the equestrian sport, fair competition and equine welfare regardless of breed or discipline.

USG FlexiVest

March 19, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

KL Select’s mandate is to feature ‘only the best’, and in line with that philosophy, they now offer the Flexi Protective Vest, nicknamed the “bodyguard”, one of the newest developments from USG (United Sportsproducts Germany). Dorothea Carters, Managing Partner at KL Select, remarked that when researching body protectors, “We were appalled that many of the safety vests on the market today are not ASTM approved or tested, and to avoid that costly testing are marketed as ‘vests’ – which is misleading to the American rider”. As trend setters, we here at KL Select recognize that it is only a matter of time before ASTM-approved Body Protectors are mandatory in certain competitions.

The Flexi vest offers the latest innovations in safety, comfort and fashion for riders. The vest meets the highest European safety standard – Level 3 EN 13158- 2009 and for US ASTM F1937-04, SEI approved. The ASTM Certification is a special production and only available in the USA. It has been proven and tested that wearing a body protector that is made of flexible parts, instead of one rigid form, gives the rider a wide range of motion and agility. The Flexi vest fits the rider like a second skin and does not hinder the rider or their performance in any way. The “USG Flexi” is ergonomically cut, fits every body shape and is very light. The cover material is stain–resistant and to clean the vest, simply wipe with a damp clean cloth. The hook and loop fasteners at the waist and shoulder allow for a perfect fit every time. A fashionable and functional cover with bow is included. “USG Flexi” is available in black for kids M – XL and adults in sizes S – XL. It is light and comfortable to wear providing much needed protection.”

MSRP is $238 (Adult) & ($219) Children
Contact KL Select or 860 437 7232 (9 to 5 EST)

Triple Play for Canadian Dressage Olympian Ashley Holzer at Devon CDI-W

October 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

OTTAWA, ON Oct. 2 2013 — Fresh off the heels of victory in the Saugerties series, Toronto native Ashley Holzer took top spot in three of four classes on two different mounts at the renowned Dressage at Devon CDI-W/J/Y event held this past weekend in Devon, Pennsylvania.


Holzer, currently residing in New York, opened Devon in a big way capturing first place with 72% in the FEI Grand Prix for Special, coming in well ahead of her competition on Jewel’s Adelante, Elaine Cordia-Van Reesema’s 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding sired by Don Schufro. The pair has developed a strong partnership in their short time together with a string of first place finishes in their last few competitions.


Photo - Ashley Holzer and Jewel's Adelante - First Place in the FEI Grand Prix for Special at Dressage at Devon CDI-W held Sept. 26-29, Devon, PA. Photo credit -

Photo – Ashley Holzer and Jewel’s Adelante – First Place in the FEI Grand Prix for Special at Dressage at Devon CDI-W held Sept. 26-29, Devon, PA.
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Taking fourth place in the Grand Prix for Special was David Marcus of Campbellville, ON and Don Kontes, Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic’s 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding sired by Don Schufro, on a final score of 66.511% followed closely by Tom Dvorak of Hillsburgh, ON and Viva`s Salieri W, Augustin Walch`s 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion sired by Viva Voltaire, with 66.298% for fifth. Megan Lane of Loretto, ON rode to sixth on 66.021% on Caravella, her 12-year-old Canadian Dutch Warmblood mare sired by Contango.


Later that same day, Holzer had her second triumph dancing under the lights with Breaking Dawn, P.J. Rizvi’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Akribori, in the Grand Prix for Freestyle earning a score of 72.830%.


“I was extremely pleased with both Jewel’s Adelante and Breaking Dawn. They both delivered outstanding performances to win their tests. Jewel’s just finished an exceptional event at the NEDA show in Saugerties last week so coming here so quickly after it and producing at that level again is a testament to his capabilities,” commented Holzer. He’s really a joy to ride down the center line.”


When asked what it takes to successfully show in back to back competitions, Holzer commented, “It takes a great deal planning to handle tight show schedules without hitting fatigue levels that impact your tests. You need to plan properly to ensure that you continue enjoy the competitions. Knowing your horse, making sure you are prepared for each class, knowing the schedule well enough that you anticipate additional time to prep onsite if you need to, shipping early to know the rings in advance especially if your horse is running tense or nervous, and having downtime in-between, if that’s what your horse needs. We went home between Saugerties and Devon so Pop Art could get his pasture time; he loves it, it’s important to him mentally. Understanding what your horse needs physically and mentally is extremely important and that takes time and experience both in the ring as well as on the road.”


Photo - Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn - First Place in the Grand Prix for Freestyle at Dressage at Devon CDI-W held Sept. 26-29, Devon, PA. Photo credit -

Photo – Ashley Holzer and Breaking Dawn – First Place in the Grand Prix for Freestyle at Dressage at Devon CDI-W held Sept. 26-29, Devon, PA.
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Holzer’s long-time sponsor, Irving, rode the Grand Prix for Freestyle on Holzer’s 2008 Olympic partner Pop Art, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Amsterdam, to a fifth place finish with a score of 69.809%. 2012 Olympians Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON, and D-Niro, Brookhaven Inc’s 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding sired by D-Day, took sixth place on 69.298%. Marcus rode to seventh on his second mount, Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic’s Chrevi’s Capital, her 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding sired by Chrevi’s Lavallo, earning 68.830%. Cheryl Meisner of Chester, NS and Tango, John Risley’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Obelisk, took 12th place finishing on their final score of 67.213%.


Wins for the Canadian Athletes Kept Coming


Holzer and Breaking Dawn went on to take second place in Saturday’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on a final score of 76.525%. Irving placed sixth with Pop Art earning 72.300% in only their sixth start together, a placing that Holzer described as ‘heart wrenching’ for the thrill as a trainer that may have been greater than her own success. Brooks and D-Niro earned 69.475% for their efforts coming in ninth. Meisner and Tango secured tenth on 69.425%. Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital’s score of 67.975% placed them 11th.


In Sunday’s finale, Holzer teamed up again with Jewel’s Adelante for the Grand Prix Special where the duo earned another first place finish, this time with a final score of 73.708%. Lane and Caravella took fourth place with 68.458%. Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON and Devon L, Doug Leatherdale’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by De Niro, rode to a sixth place finish earning a score of 66.438%.


“It was incredible here at Devon. I was very pleased with both my horses’ performances this weekend,” said Holzer. “I’m so happy for Brittany, Jill, Lindsay and Jacqueline too. We’re a team, and it’s a wonderful positive experience working and showing with them. You don’t win these classes by yourself; it takes a huge support team, and especially owners who give you the room to work with their horses to get the best out of them at every performance. They support their riders and horses in so many ways; we couldn’t do it without them. I’m so thankful for the awesome team we have, they make each show an encouraging and fun atmosphere and I always show best when I’m having fun.”


Brittany Fraser of New Glasgow, NS and All In, her eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Tango, continued their recent successes by taking second place in both the FEI Prix St Georges with 71.754% and the Intermediaire 1 on 71.228%.


Dvorak cracked through the top five in all his tests with his second mount of the event, Ribot, Carla Bahr’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Riverman, taking fourth in the Prix St Georges earning 69.605%, fifth in the Intermediaire 1 on 68.904%, and fourth in Sunday’s Intermediaire 1 Freestyle, earning 69.600%.


Maya Markowski of St. Clements, ON rode Lumiere, her 10-year-old Canadian Warmblood sired by Lynx, to ninth place on 67.018% in Friday’s Prix St Georges and made her mark Sunday in the Intermediaire 1 Freestyle test coming in third place with their final score of 70.525%.


Evi Strasser from Ste. Adele, QC rode Rigaudon Tyme, her nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding sired by Rosario, to sixth with 68.640% in their Intermediaire 1 test. Irving rode Dio Mio, Windhaven Farms’ 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by De Niro, to seventh place on 68.421%, while Chris Von Martels of Ridgetown, ON took Zilverstar, his nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood sired by Rousseau, to an eighth place finish with 68.333%.


Young Rider, Tanya Strasser – Shostak of Ste. Adele, QC rode her 2013 NAJYRC partner Action Tyme, Evi Strasser’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding sire by Aktuell, to finish in the top two across all her tests this weekend earning 66.974% in Friday’s Team test for second place, 67.605% in Saturday’s Individual class for first place and ended the three day competition with another first place finish in the freestyle test on a score of 70.650%.


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Victoria Colvin and Kelley Farmer dominated $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

June 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

By Sara Cavanagh


Victoria Colvin, who had dominated Junior Weekend, and Kelley Farmer, who had dominated the hunter divisions on Monday through Wednesday, on Sunday dominated the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.


Colvin, 15 of Loxahatchee, Fla., won the two round Derby on Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive, winning the first round with a score of 187 and the second round with a 189.5 for a total of 376.5


Farmer was second on Commentary with a score of 373, third on Skorekeeper with a score of 364.5 and fifth on Mythical with 361.


Hope Glynn on SVS Caremunde Z was fourth, also with a score of 361, but she won the tie breaker.


The first round of 29 horses competed over a regular course of hunter fences, with options of jumping bigger fences for added points, then the top 12 returned for a second round over a handy hunter course.


“My plan in the handy was to put in a nice, smooth round, just hoping to get in the top three,” said Colvin. “I liked the courses. The options were like mirror images.


“Inclusive is a very sweet horse,” said Colvin. “He’s the easiest horse to get prepared. I’ve been riding him for two years. He was a little green when I got him. He’s easier now. He’s a very laid back horse.”


“He has a very powerful jump over an oxer,” said Colvin. “It’s hard to stay on.”


“I’ve never done a Derby at Devon before,” said Colvin. “It’s amazing to win anything at Devon. It’s such a prestigious show.”


Commentary had been an event horse ridden by Marilyn Little, and Farmer said she heard about the mare through a friend.


“She had just finished a two star event the day before I tried her,” said Farmer, who only got the mare a few weeks ago. “She hasn’t had much time to learn to be a hunter. I knew I was throwing a lot at her, but if they jump those things (event fences), you know they’re going to be brave.”


“In the first round, she over-jumped a shade,” said Farmer. “Then in the second round she realized she wasn’t eventing.”


“I was just hoping that she’d get in the top 12 and qualify for the Derby Finals,” said Farmer.


Devon Update – June 2, 2013

June 04, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

USHJA International Hunter Derby Closes Show in Style

By Devon Walder


The final day of Devon was off to a beautiful start; the sun was shining, a nice breeze was blowing, and spectators lined the stands waiting for the first Hunter Derby rider to enter the in-gate. The ring was filled with hunter-style jumps–natural wood, shrubbery, a crisp hedge roll top, and numerous branches decorated a series of obstacles. The Derby is a unique set of classes, with fences set to different heights so riders can chose the high of low option for varying points. As the riders warmed up in the ring, the stands buzzed with excitement and anticipation.

Kelley Farmer

Kelley Farmer

Kelley Farmer started off the day on Mythical, setting the bar high for other riders with a round 1 score of 181. In total Kelley rode 5 horses in the derby. On Taken she had a refusal at an oxer, saluting the judges and dismissing herself from the ring. She came back in on Commentary with a round 1 score of 171, followed by her ride on On Q and finishing up with Skorekeeper. Mythical, Commentary, and Skorekeeper all made it into the second round. Victoria Colvin pulled ahead in round one beating Farmer’s 181 on Mythical with a 187 on Inclusive. Round one finished strong, and as round two began the competition was tight. All riders scored above 100 in their second round, many above 170. Kelley Farmer swept the field scoring a 197 on Skorekeeper and an amazing 202 on Commentary, but it was Victoria Colvin, the last rider of round two, who sent the stands into a roar with her total combined score adding up to over 376, earning her first place. Farmer tied up second and third on Commentary and Skorekeeper respectively.

Victoria Colvin

Victoria Colvin

With that, Ringmaster Alan Keeley sounded the closing call and brought the 2013 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to an end for another year.The final day at Devon ended with riders and spectators in high spirits. These past two weeks we have seen some of the best horses and riders in the world. We have seen endless excitement, beauty, showmanship, and teamwork. Like always, the Devon Horse Show does not disappoint. Next year we can surely look forward to even more spectacular events and welcome some new riders into the Dixon Oval.



Children’s Day Delights Young and Old

By Mimi Killian


The fine weather of the last day of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair brought throngs of families through the gates to enjoy Children’s Day activities throughout the show grounds. The final Sunday was sponsored by Bach to Rock, Devon and all were welcomed admission free.


There was quite the crowd of excited tots at the Pavilion, dancing to the live music provided by Bach to Rock and Kirsten Sowers and making some of their own as well! The Itty Bitty Hat Parade had dozens of little milliners choosing all manner of decoration to adorn there adorable straw hats and showing them off to fair-goers as the promenaded through the grounds.


As the kids and there families made there way to the Midway, many stopped and took advantage of the caricature artist’s talent in the MetroKids gazebo. What better way to memorialize a great day at Devon than a fun drawing of you doing what you love best?


It wouldn’t be Children’s Day at Devon be without pony rides. Over behind the East Grandstands, hundreds of kids waited patiently to take their turn around the schooling ring passing the Farm Explorer mobile farm in all its late spring glory.


Families enjoyed that last burger, last lemon stick, and last ride on the Ferris wheel and said farewell to Devon until next May.


Devon – A/Os and Open Jumper Stake

June 03, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Amatuers Have Their Time to Shine

By Veronica J. Finkelstein


This weekend at Devon, it was finally time for the adult hunters to take over the Dixon Oval and Gold Ring. Unlike professional riders, many adult amateurs work for a living at desk jobs and balance their riding time with not only a day job but family and other commitments. The Amateur Owner division is divided by age and also by height.


The under saddle class for the younger high amateur owners was won by Kelsey Thatcher’s chestnut Belgian Warmblood Fredrick. Blue ribbon in the first jumping class went to Maria Paglieri’s Holsteiner Snap Decision. The winner of the second over fences class was Sienna ridden by Lexi Maounis. The third blue jumping ribbon also went to Sienna. The hunter stakes class was won by Pure Abundance ridden by Wesley Newlands.



In the olders, the undersaddle was won by Royal Oak ridden by Dawn Fogel. The first over fences blue ribbon also went to Royal Oak. Katie Robinson’s Rock Steady won the second over fences class, making the trip from home-base Wellington, Florida well worthwhile. The third over fences class was won by Castlewalk ridden by Nancy Hooker. The final over fences class was won by Royal Oak on the way to overall champion 3’6 Amateur Owner Hunter division.



Fogel accepted her own award as the leading rider in the division. She recently paired with Royal Oak after purchasing the attractive chestnut from Sandy Ferrell. Fogel can savor these awards on the trip back to her home in Kentucky. Based on the cheering section accompanying Fogel and the other amateur owners, there are a lot of supportive families thrilled to see these riders balance their commitments with the sport they love.


Box Holder Competition Adds Flair to the Grandstands

By Caroline Goldstein


Devon box holders have long been decorating their grandstand boxes throughout Devon Week, and this year, for the first time ever, their decorations gave them a chance to win an 11 day VIP parking pass for next year’s show. The Grandest Box in the Grandstands contest awarded 1st through 8th place ribbons in two categories- Best Food and Best Theme.



The first place winner for Best Food was Trish Hueber, Tracey Freeman and Marlou Gregory in Sky Box 1 for their “Devonton Abbey” themed box. Earning the top spot for Best Theme was The Decker Family and Anna Kreuzberger, who combined their boxes Main 118 and 119 to create a “Picnic in the Barn” themed entry.


There were seven judges for the competition, including chairman Missy Schwartz; Laura Muzzi Brennan, food editor for County Lines Magazine; Delaney Massaro, a senior studying culinary arts, food service management and event management at Johnson Wales University; Christopher Amman, Managing Partner of the Capital Grille of King of Prussia; Patrick Byrne, Proprietor of the General Warren Inne; Jean Walkup, a longtime Devon volunteer and Maggie Henry Corcoran, reporter for Main Line Times.



The judges had specific criteria in mind when considering each box. “I love energy… I’m looking for the vibe coming off of it,” said Christopher Amman of Capital Grille. For Massaro, a culinary student and judge, the presentation was equally as important as the taste of the food. “Everyone eats with their eyes,” she said.


The rules for the contest were relatively simple. Any box in any grandstand could compete as long as they did not obstruct the view of the ring, did not attempt to bribe the judges, and, most importantly, were creative. Many box holders did just that. The Devonton Abbey box featured items such as lobster salad and a “Devontini” cocktail. Another did a Mardi Gras theme with authentic New Orleans food such as gumbo and beignets. There was a Phantom of the Opera themed box complete with candelabras, roses and printed menus for the judges. A Devon Classic themed group served Devon fudge, lemon sticks and the Devon special. A group of Philadelphia Eagles fans turned their box into a detailed version of Lincoln Financial Field with autographed helmets, Eagles tickets and even a turf with yard lines covering the floor of the box.


“My favorite thing was that we started a new Devon tradition,” said chairman Missy Schwartz. She is looking forward to watching the competition become even bigger next year. “All the people who said ‘we’re winning next year,’ riders up!” Schwartz said.


Rolling the Dice

By Veronica J. Finkelstein


This evening’s open jumper class was the Idle Dice Open Jumper Stakes class. The class was named after famed jumper horse Idle Dice. Idle Dice was originally bred as a thoroughbred race horse, but he was discovered and retrained by Bernie Traurig who showed him as a hunter. He was later purchased by Harry Gill and shown as a jumper by Rodney Jenkins. Idle Dice won over $400,000 in his career (an amount that would triple if adjusted to the value of today’s prize money).


Although there will never be another horse like Idle Dice, some of his legacy lives on in the entries in today’s class. The fences were high and airy. A particularly difficult triple combination built of blue and white poles angled slightly against the blue grandstands, tricking the eye. The class began with a spate of four-fault rides. On the handsome gray Uraguay, Todd Minikus broke the trend finishing clear. The crowd thought a second rider had gone clear until the scoreboard delivered the bad news that Callie Smith on Captain Krutzman had a single time fault. And then there were two clear when Beezie Madden added Vanilla to the list of clear rounds. Kevin Babington made it three clears with Shorapur, Shorapur’s tail flagging with excitement over each jump. Margie Engel made her round on Royce count, going clear with seven left to ride. Laura Chapot joined the list of clears on Quointreau un Prince. Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W joined the list with a clear, fast ride. Next to go clear was Angel Karolyi on Amigo. The final rider of the first round was Thaisa Erwin on Matilda but last was not least and she too went clear rounding the field of jump off horses to 8.


Kaitlin Campbell on Rocky W

Kaitlin Campbell on Rocky W



Pathfinder for the jumpoff was Minikus who lowered one rail for four faults in 39.55 seconds. Madden was in next. Her tight rollback to the Wells Fargo shaved time but she had the final fence down in 43.162 seconds. Next in was Babington who also had four faults with a slower time of 44.209. Engel then showed how it could be done, going clear in 41.989 seconds. She then watched to see if that time would stand. Next to ride was Chapot who also went clear, stopping the clock on 42.511-just short of Engel’s time. Campbell was the next to challenge Engel’s time. She took an inside turn that no one else had attempted and was the new leader by a hair with a time of 41.274 seconds. Karolyi was up next but an early rail made it clear Amigo would not finish on top. The clock stopped on 40.476 seconds. Then there was one to go, and it was all up to Erwin and Matilda-but another early rail and a second rail on top meant Campbell had held on and it was Rocky W who lead the victory gallop. In second was Royce and in third was Quointreau un Prince.



Devon Update: June 1, 2013

June 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

By Sara Cavanagh


McLain Ward was the Devon Leading Open Jumper Rider for the third time in the past five years, amassing 37 points by winning the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild, who also placed second in another class as well as winning a speed class on Wings, who also placed second in another class.


Ward and Laura Chapot have alternated the Leading Rider titles for about a decade, and, sure enough, right behind Ward this year in points for this prestigious title was Chapot, who won classes with Bradberry and Zealous and placed third in the $50,000 Idle Dice Stake Saturday afternoon on Quointreau Un Prince.


Rothchild was the Open Jumper Champion, with Rocky W, under Kaitlin Campbell, who won the $50,00 Idle Dice Stake, Reserve.


Campbell and Rocky W were, first, Junior Jumper Champions at Devon, then they were Amateur Owner Jumper Champions, and now they’ve won one of the biggest classes at Devon and ended as Reserve Open Jumper Champion.


Campbell, 21 of Upper Black Eddy, Pa., just graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in business administration, but she says she has turned professional and will concentrate on riding.


Haley Schaufeld of Leesburg, Va., rode her Ana Sia to win the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, but Tori Corts of Central Valley, N.Y., on  Ultimo van ter Moude had accumulated enough points overall to take the Championship, while Ana Sia was Reserve. Last to go in the jump-off, all Schaufeld had to do was to go clean, which she did, but she rode so carefully that she accumulated four time faults, still enough to give her the win.

“I got Ana a year and a half ago,” said Schaufeld. “She’s been amazing ever since I got her. She rides like an equitation horse.”


“I just tried really hard to go clean,” said Schaufeld of her tactics in the jump-off. “But I was almost too slow.”


“I only started riding eight years ago,” said Corts, who trains with Todd Minikus. “Ultimo is very careful, but he can be feisty. He’s a stallion, and we just started breeding him, so he gets a little excited when he gets to a place like Devon. He has a little attitude sometimes.”


“This was a really fun weekend,” Corts said. “Devon is a very prestigious show, so it’s an honor to win here.”


Dawn Fogel of Louisville, Ky., rode her Royal Oak to the championship of the Amateur Owner Hunter, over 35, section and to the Devon Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Championship, while she was Leading Amateur Owner Hunter Rider.


“I’m ecstatic,” said Fogel. “This is an incredible horse show, and it has been for years. To come here and be Grand Champion is thrilling. I owe it all to my horse.”


Kim Busby of Chester Springs, Pa., rode Sara Ingle’s Lucky Strike to the Local Hunter Grand Championship, and Marianna Wade on The Barrack’s Castleton was Champion in one section of the Amateur Owner, 3’3”, while Daryl Portel on James B. Pirtle’s Winner was Champion in the second section.

Devon Horse Show – Grand Prix!

June 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Best of the Best

By Veronica F. Finkelstein


What does it take to make a champion hunter horse? It takes a good, quiet mind and personality. Hunter horses have to arrive at a showgrounds they may never have seen before, step off the trailer, and perform without any evidence of nerves or excessive excitement. It takes athleticism which is showcased in correct, forward movement. It takes good conformation, or build, with all the parts in place so the horse can stay sound and perform for many years. Of course, it takes a little good looks and charisma to truly make it to the top. Here in the United States, breeders are creating the hunters of the future with all these attributes. The Devon hunter breeding classes are an opportunity to show off these future stars.


Competitors come from far and wide to compete in hunter breeding classes. Yearling Alika Bay came all the way from Tennessee to compete this year. Breeder Lynlee Dutton is excited to see the results of her hard work. She explains that Alika Bay, known around the barn as Piper, has been champion every time she’s shown but “there’s nothing like being at Devon.” Unlike Piper, who spent hours on the trailer, other hunter breeding horses hail from much closer to Devon. Appaloosa cross Impre’ Czario, owned by Julianna Potteiger and handled by Emily Belin hails from Ephrata, PA. Impre’ Czario won the Yearling PA Bred Colts and Geldings class. Thoroughbred Nygel hails from Coatesville where he is owned by Cheryll Francella. He was shown to first place in the 2 Year Old PA Bred Colts and Geldings class by William Howland. The best young horse this year has had no shortage of success in the hunter breeding ring. Sabrina handled by Bucky Reynolds and owned by Donna Struve was named best young horse. This beautiful bay Warmblood 2 year old filly rose to the top of all the young horses shown this year at Devon.


Best Young Horse Sabrina and Bucky Reynolds

Best Young Horse Sabrina and Bucky Reynolds


Handlers come from all locations as well, and many have made hunter breeding their specialty. Raymond Francis has produced and shown some of the top hunter breeding horses over the past four decades, including many winners at Devon. He handled top hunter pony yearling Land’s End Miss Moppet at Devon as well as several well-presented horses. Emily Belin is newer to the hunter breeding scene but has also had her share of success. Her Drum Roll Please won the young hunter under saddle in 2011 and his full sibling, De Feiner Star, won several classes at Dressage at Devon. This year, she not only handled Impre’ Czario but several winning horses and ponies as well. As a result of her success, she was named leading handler. If these hunter breeding horses are the future stars of the show ring, it looks like an exciting future.



Tradition Continues at Devon

By Veronica J. Finkelstein



The 2013 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has featured a little of everything. A little rain, plenty of sunshine, record-breaking 90 degree temperatures, light snow, and even jumper rider Mclain Ward winning a Saddlebred class. But nothing could have been more business as usual as the hours ticked down to the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon. The boxes began filling with spectators armed with picnic baskets and wine and cheese plates from the Garden Café. The rows of benches around the ring were filled with those lucky enough to secure a special yellow wristband for a front row seat. In the gold ring, the schooling was underway. Olympians like Beezie Madden and Kevin Babbington shared the ring with aspiring junior riders like Michael Hughes and riders from Australia, Columbia, and Venezuela.

Grand Prix Jumper


Variety gave way to tradition. The night ended as it has seven times before, with Ward leading the victory gallop. His path to the top of the class of 28 wasn’t easy– course designer Olaf Peterson Jr. planned a difficult course. The bogey fence was the Abba Equine Health Oxer which riders approached both on a bending track as well as a more angled approach. Again and again, horses misjudged the width and the back rail was tipped by a hind hoof and fell. Even the time allowed proved to be a challenge. On Cortes C, Madden missed the time allotted by one tenth of a second and the crowd sighed in disappointment. By the time the first round was through, there were five to jump off-Devin Ryan on No Worries, Callan Solem on VDL Torlando, Andrew Welles on Boo Van Het Kastenjehof, Ward on Rothchild, and Madden on Vanilla.


Ryan set a blazing track in the jump off, showing the remaining riders how a clear path could be accomplished. His tight rollback to the Wells Fargo jump showed he was in it to win. He stopped the clock at 36.124. Next to go was local rider Solem. Her handsome gray stallion beat Ryan’s time but had one rail down. Welles entered the ring next and walked out as the new leader with a time of 38.815. Next was Ward. He took all the fast options including a hairpin turn to the triple combination and an even tighter rollback to the Wells Fargo jump. He stopped the clock on 33.564 and it was all Madden’s to win or lose. She was on track pace-wise but an early rail made it clear that McLain had won. Madden finished on eight faults.


And with that, the victory lap commenced. Ward was in first place followed by Welles in second and Ryan in third. As the crowd cheered, spectators began wandering back through the Country Fair, stopping for one last souvenir to remember a terrific night. This year may have had a little of everything, but some traditions are here to stay. With this notch in their belt, Ward and Rothchild have become the new Devon duo to beat.



String Band Gets Devon in the Grand Prix Spirit

By Caroline Goldstein


The Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band helped stir up excitement before Grand Prix as they roamed the Country Fair grounds today performing for visitors. The string band, made up of Brian Saunders, Tony “Skull” DiMeo and Bruce Mulford, has been performing at Devon for 15 years. “It’s a fun event here,” said Saunders.

The band has been at Devon throughout the show and will also be performing tomorrow and Saturday. The performances were organized by Houghton Enterprises.


The string band is perhaps most well known as the Philadelphia Eagles Pep Band. They have been performing at all of the Eagles’ home games, and select away games, for the past 18 years. The band wrote and recorded the current arrangement of “Fly Eagles Fly” and gave the fight song that official title. The group first got together 34 years ago, and they were originally a rock band. “Over the course of time, we started doing different things,” Saunders said.


They transitioned into a string band with a saxophone, banjo and bass. Their first job was at Clementon Amusement Park. From there they went on to play at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, and they continue to play at various casinos.





The band has made other high profile appearances as well, including at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration and as Ed Rendell’s campaign band during his gubernatorial campaign. “We’ve had a lot of big events,” Saunders said.


As you see the string band make its way around the Devon grounds in the next few days, feel free to request any song; they are not easily stumped, Saunders said. People have asked for a variety of songs over the years, and Saunders said they are ready for anything. “They’ll be shocked to see we’ll still play it on the banjo, bass and saxophone,” Saunders said.


The band’s visit has become a tradition at Devon, and there is even a painting of them for sale in the Art Gallery. The Eagles Pep Band looks forward to visiting Devon each year and playing for the crowds. “This is a happy group of people,” Saunders said. “Not only are they happy, but they’re also very appreciative.”


Devon Friday Fun!

June 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Gambler’s Choice Keeps Spectators On Edge

By Devon Walder


Spectators crowded the stands for tonight’s Gambler’s Choice as the riders warmed their horses in the Gold Ring. The Gambler’s Choice, a traditional Devon class, requires riders to create their own course, choosing jumps based on their points and difficulty. What makes the Gambler’s Choice difficult is the course selection–it requires riders to pick jumps they know they can tackle, while also balancing their turns and gathering as many points as possible. Mistakes, like down rails, don’t earn points, and the fence is then unusable for the rest of the course, so riders must pick carefully.


The sun was only beginning to set when Laura Chapot took to the ring on Bradberry, quickly sweeping the course and setting a high score for the other competitors. Her tight, precise turns made up for two of her down poles, and it seemed as though Laura would hold the lead, as riders came and went, coming close but never meeting her score. For many, the 120 point diagonal oxer was particularly challenging. It was one of the most-knocked fences tonight. Every rider tried the joker fence, a 200 point, airy, skinny obstacle set to five feet, two inches. For some, taking the “gamble” paid off, but for others, the 200 point deduction moved them back in the ranking.


Kevin Babbington on Shorapur

Kevin Babbington on Shorapur


When Kevin Babbington entered the ring, his horse soared over the jumps with ease, barely coming close to the rails. The competition was fierce as he sailed over the last jump and galloped through the timers, and the spectators roared when he beat out Chapot for first. Unfortunately, his approach to the joker was not quick enough, and even though he cleared it, the time allowed had passed. Shorapur remained in first, however, seemingly sealing his place as the list of competitors dwindled. But then with only two riders to go, Todd Minikus rode in on Tuxedo, tearing through turns, flying through the air in a spectacular show of athleticism and talent. It quickly became clear that he would challenge Babbington’s score. The air was tense with anticipation as the numbers stacked up on the board. When he broke through the timers, a score of 1140 flashed across the screen as the sun set, and that set a score that proved untouchable for the rest of the night. When the final competitor left the ring, Minikus rode in to a thunder of cheers and whistles. In second was Kevin Babbington, and Laura Chapot came in third after her strong opening ride.


Todd Minikus on Tuxedo

Todd Minikus on Tuxedo


This year the Gambler’s Choice kept riders and spectators on their toes. Just as it seemed one rider pulled comfortably ahead, another came and swept the ring. Until the very end, the competition was intense in a true show of power, skill, and teamwork between horse and rider. Next year should prove to be just as wild. Be sure to make it out and enjoy the show!



Volunteers: The Backbone of the Devon Country Fair

By Caroline Goldstein


Year after year, dedicated volunteers keep the Country Fair up and running. This year, there are at least 1,017 volunteers who together are working 2,030 shifts throughout the show. The Country Fair is operated and staffed entirely by volunteers. The Volunteer Coordinators work to keep it all organized.


While the official volunteer sign-up schedule comes out each year in mid-March, the coordinators and chairmen are constantly recruiting new volunteers, said Betsie Stone, Volunteer Coordinator. Chairmen recruit at Bryn Mawr Hospital, at local high schools through service organizations and through various companies and organizations. Other volunteers also often bring in friends and family to help. “It is a lot of word of mouth,” Stone said.



The new Devon website allows new volunteers to register, and then the volunteers sign up for shifts through an online program called Shiftboard. The Shiftboard website has helped increase the number of people volunteering over the years, particularly because it allows for more flexibility in scheduling. “People can go on and see at the last minute where help is needed,” Stone noted.


Volunteers can also sign up at the annual Volunteer Party, which is held each May. Stone mentioned that she loves this party because it creates a community among the volunteers and allows everyone to get to know one another. Many of the volunteers have been participating for years. “A lot of the volunteers have been here for twenty plus years,” Stone said.


The Volunteer Coordinators’ goal is to make volunteering at Devon as enjoyable and easy as possible. All volunteers receive a pass for the entire show and parking passes for the days they volunteer. Stone mentioned that part of the fun is that the volunteers generally do not work in the industry in which they are volunteering.

“You do something that you normally wouldn’t do,” she said. Stone hopes that the number of volunteers continues to grow each year. “Volunteers are the Country Fair, without them, we simply wouldn’t survive,” she said.



Performance Riders Show Their Stuff in the Ring

By Devon Walder


In the performance classes tonight carriages, Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Friesians brought more competition to the ring, demonstrating their unique and graceful stylistic riding. In the carriage classes, drivers maneuvered their horses and and carriages between cones in a course. The Saddlebreds exhibited in both Western and English classes, and the Hackney ponies strutted their stuff in the fine harness classes. The Friesians, with their flowing manes and tails, floated around the ring. In the Friesian pleasure class, Annika Bruggeworth took the championship, and Carson Kressley took home the reserve. The performance classes came to a close with the three-gaited Saddlebred class and the One-Armed Bandit.



Devon – Ladies Reign at Devon

May 30, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Hat Contest and Tea Make for Exciting Ladies’ Day

By Caroline Goldstein


Ladies’ Day was a success once again, as about 300 women paraded their hats around Devon and enjoyed the second annual Ladies’ Day Tea.The day, sponsored by Dressage Collection, began with the hat contest, and participants showed off their creativity as they passed the judges in the Main Grandstand. This year’s judges included Emmy winning television star Carson Kressley, 6abc’s Alicia Vitarelli, NBC10’s Bill Henley, Patrick Champalou from Cartier, Brenda Waites Bolling from Millinery Boutique in New York, Sheila Connolly of SCB Consulting and Beth Beverly from Diamond Tooth Taxidermist. “A lot are return judges who have a background in millinery, fashion or the equestrian world,” said Ladies’ Day Chairman Jen McGowan.


The judges certainly had some difficult decisions to make as the contest entries ranged from hats to fascinators to outfits such as a Great Gatsby themed duo.

The judges looked at four categories. The “Best of Devon” category was for the hat that best captures the spirit of Devon. “Most Fascinating” was for the best fascinator topper. “Best Hat to Toe” was for the best overall ensemble. The grand prize ribbon was awarded for “Best in Show,” which is the hat that best incorporates the “Proper Toppers” British theme of this year’s event.


Tiffany Arey, Best in Show

Robin Sweet won “Best of Devon” for her picnic basket hat. Jasen Rhinehart, with a cream colored ensemble, and Emily Galloway, whose fascinator featured butterflies, both won “Most Fascinating.” Amy Holzapfel won “Best Hat to Toe” for her pink dress and pink hat with flowers. The grand prize winner in the “Best in Show” category was Tiffany Arey for her lavender dress and hat with flowers in shades of purple and white. “I love all of the creativity and effort everyone puts into their hats,” said Ladies’ Day Chairman Jeanne Dechiario.


Each of this year’s winners received a package from Kiehl’s, and the “Best in Show” winner also received a gift card from Uber limousine service and a package from Cartier. The Ladies’ Day Tea in the Devon Club followed the hat contest. Guests were treated to champagne, tea sandwiches, scones and other treats. The Ladies’ Day Tea was first offered last year as a way to continue the Ladies’ Day festivities.

“It’s just a great way to get gals to dress up together in the middle of the day and it’s a great Devon tradition,” said Ladies’ Day Chairman MaryKay Bergan.


In It To Win It

By Veronica J. Finkelstein


The open hunter divisions continued on Wednesday with many familiar names appearing in the jog order. The first year green hunter stake class was won by Mythical ridden by Kelley Farmer. Second went to Kingpin ridden by Amanda Steege. Another of Farmer’s mounts, Dancing Solo, rounded out the primary color ribbons in third place. Farmer has been making the most of her trip from Lane Change Farm in Kewick Virginia, riding six horses in the open hunter divisions. The first year green hunter champion was Kingpin with Mythical in reserve.


The second year green hunter stake class was won by Queen Latifa with Jamie Taylor in the irons. Queen Latifa picked up ribbons in all four over fences classes, winning each class other than the handy class where she placed third. Second in the stake class went to Fredrick ridden by Maggie Bracco. Third place was awarded to Small Celebration ridden by Taylor Adams. The second year green hunter champion was Queen Latifa with Small Celebration in reserve.


The green conformation hunter stake class could have been renamed the Kelley Farmer show. She rode all three of the top horses in this class and had a fourth mount that also finished in the ribbons. The green conformation hunter stake class was won by Quotable. Second went to Dancing Solo. Third place was awarded to Back Story. The green conformation hunter champion was Back Story with Quotable in reserve.


Leading Lady Rider, Kelly Farmer

Leading Lady Rider, Kelly Farmer


The regular conformation hunter over fences class was won by Showman ridden by Scott Stewart. Showman has made his third trip to Devon his most winning one yet, picking up ribbons in every class in this year’s division. Second went to Taken with Farmer in the irons. Third place was awarded to On Q also ridden by Farmer. The regular conformation hunter champion was Showman. Back Story was reserve in this division as well, coming in reserve overall in both conformation divisions.


The high performance hunter stake class was won by Mythical ridden by Farmer. Second went to Dedication, Stewart’s mount. Third place was awarded to Zidane ridden by Steege. The high performance hunter champion was Dedication. This marks the second year that the handsome bay has been champion at Devon. Mythical was reserve champion in this division, adding a second tricolor ribbon to the reserve champion Mythical earned in the second year green division.


When all the hunter rounds were in the books, Farmer handily emerged as the leading lady rider and overall top rider. Queen Latifa was the high point mare. Back Story was the grand hunter champion, an impressive feat for the first time competing at Devon. Only time will tell if Farmer’s winning ways will continue in Sunday’s hunter derby.


Sidesaddle: A Slice of History

By Veronica J. Finkelstein


This afternoon, Devon spectators were treated to a special slice of history as the sidesaddle riders entered the Dixon Oval. Sidesaddle riders use a special saddle and equipment that allows the rider to side sideways with both legs on one side of the horse. This type of riding is known as riding “aside.” In comparison, most contemporary riders ride with one leg on either side of the horse, or “astride.” Sidesaddle riding was invented as a necessity back in historical times when women were not permitted to wear pants and horses were a major form of transportation and recreation. Sidesaddles allowed a lady to travel and even foxhunt while still remaining modest and well-attired in a skirt.


Although skirts are no longer compulsory in our modern world, sidesaddles have continued to be a part of the show ring. Sidesaddle riders may compete, aside, in regular dressage, three-day eventing, jumper, and hunter classes against their counterparts who ride astride. Some riders, like Devon Zebrovious, not only compete in a sidesaddle but actually regularly foxhunt aside. Others horses, like Martha King’s Rockstar, compete both aside and astride, depending on the competition.


At Devon, sidesaddle riders have their own division where they are the stars. Like all hunter classes, sidesaddle classes are judged on the manners and performance of the horse. Unlike other classes, turnout is more critical. The rider may be judged on the suitability of her clothing and saddle, which are often actual antique pieces that have been preserved for decades. The judges may even peer inside her sandwich case to ensure she has an appropriate sandwich (no red meat, the scent might confuse the hounds). The type of horse is judged, as the horses in this division should be suitable for a lady to hunt to hounds. In total, not only must these horses perform on the flat and over fences but everything must be historically accurate.


Martha King on Rockstar

Martha King on Rockstar


It was an elegant day in the Dixon Oval as the sidesaddle competitors showed off their skills on the flat and over fences. The ladies sidesaddle hack was won by Pricilla Denegre on her long-time partner Garnet. This pair has won the sidesaddle hack several years running and is always a force to be reckoned with at Devon. The ladies sidesaddle over fences was won by Martha King on her horse Rockstar. Of course, since the competitors are ladies it was all “glowing,” no sweating, as they lined up for ribbons under the mid-day sun.