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Victoria Colvin and Don Juan Strike Gold in $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at American Invitational

April 11, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Miami, FL – April 5, 2014 – A field of the nation’s top 20 riders gathered at Sun Life Stadium for the inaugural $25,000 Hollow Creek Farm Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic-earmarking a page in history as they set the stage for the 42nd American Invitational, presented by G&C Farms. Victoria Colvin was the only rider to lay down a double-clear effort, taking home the victory with Don Juan. Nicole Bellissimo and VDL Dogan rode to the second place, while Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade was awarded third place.

 

Steve Stevens and Leopaldo Palacios designed a course that challenged both horse and rider alike, utilizing many of the very same fences that would challenge the horse and rider combinations for tonight’s 42nd American Invitational. Although 10 riders navigated the first round course, the “winning round” rules dictated only six would proceed into the jump-off. The times were tight, and boiled down to quickest of the clears.

 

Eventual winner Victoria Colvin stated, “Don Juan is usually a fast horse, so I thought if I just went around nice I would be good to go, but then I went around and they kept getting faster, and I thought ‘I’m not going to get in the jump-off.'”

 

First to return for the speed round was Nicole Bellissimo and VDL Dogan. They posted a speedy effort in 29.917 seconds, but a rail at fence two would cost them the win. They finished on a score of four faults, and looked on as the remaining five riders took their turn at the track.

 

“I was the slowest of the six to come back so as everyone was going around, I was getting a little nervous, but I ended up with a little bit of luck on my side,” Bellissimo said. “I had to go first, so I definitely knew I had a lot of fast riders coming behind me. My horse is extremely fast, so I went for it. I made a little mistake, but he was fantastic.”

 

“It was a really great event,” Bellissimo continued. “Thank you to Hollow Creek for putting on the event. For us to come out and go before the American Invitational is a fantastic opportunity. To go under that pressure before we hopefully have the opportunity to come back in the coming years to do compete in the Invitational was so important. Getting a taste of that pressure is fantastic.”

 

Colvin and Don Juan were the third to take on the track. Although they had a mishap after the second fence, which caused the most problems for the riders with four of the six lowering its height, they cleared the obstacles and took a risky turn to the penultimate obstacle, the opening oxer. from the second to first fence she sliced the turn and shaved the seconds to race to the final vertical and take over the lead in 31.657 seconds.

 

 

 Victoria Colvin and Don Juan


Victoria Colvin and Don Juan

 

“I try to get a lot of confidence with Don Juan, so I was going to go nice and smooth and survive, and he was actually amazing out there. I think he likes the grass. I slipped a couple of times in the jump off, so I was a little bit afraid he was going to go down. He jumped fence two and we had a slight mishap, he sort of jumped out of it at a stand still. So that was a little funky, but I think we really made up time with a slice to the oxer at the end.”

 

Emanuel Andrade attempted to catch her pace aboard Hollow Creek’s Natif Des Roches. They had the time, breaking the beam in 30.040 seconds, but a rail at the fateful fence two would keep him from the blue ribbon today.

 

“The class was very competitive, I was thought that during the first round I was super fast, but then I was not so sure,” Andrade laughed. “I ran like a speed class in the jump off, it was really fast. I saw Tori first, and she was really fast. I knew I had to go for it. I was trying to have the time and I had a rail.”

 

This was Colvin’s first time atop the podium, and as she looked on to the stands, she admitted that she felt a bit awestruck. The 16-year-old talent turned to face the American flag for the National Anthem, smiled as she accepted her medal and then lifted her roses.

 

“It was amazing being able to ride at Sun Life Stadium. I never thought I’d be able to ride on a football field. It’s pretty cool,” Colvin said. “Don Juan felt confident out there. His old owner did a lot of grass shows everywhere. He got around. So I was pretty confident going into the class. I haven’t stood on the podium. I didn’t think I was going to have to stand on a podium, but it was fun.”

 

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Nicole Bellissimo, Victoria Colvin and Emanuel Andrade

Nicole Bellissimo, Victoria Colvin and Emanuel Andrade

 

Frances Land Wins the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix

November 06, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Victoria Colvin and Melissa Rudershausen Honored as East Conference Winners of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series

 

 

Lexington, KY-November 5, 2013-Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA, won the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix, presented by Elizabeth Miller and The Dinan Family, The Oken Family, The Straus Family, and the Tyree Family at the Alltech National Horse Show.

 

Following the Grand Prix, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame honored Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, and Melissa Rudershausen of Kennett Square PA, who topped the East Conference standings of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series’ Junior and Amateur-Owner divisions respectively. Colvin won the Series on Don Juan and Ruderhausen won on Gunner.

 

Twenty-nine riders who worked all year in order to qualify for the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Championship Grand Prix faced off to compete on Conrad Homfeld’s course which yielded only five clear rounds. Riders returned for a speedy jump-off with Land turning in the only clean ride.

 

When Land, winner of the previous day’s Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper class, walked into the ring and mounted Vieanne, she knew that all she had to do was leave all the rails intact. In an effort to be careful over each fence, Land kept a conservative pace. Although she crossed the finish line in 48.811 seconds with a single time fault, her perfection over the course captured the victory.

 

“The course was definitely a bit tougher today; it was bigger, very technical,” said Land. “Conrad did a beautiful job setting the course. It was the perfect step up from yesterday. I knew that coming in my horse was going to be a little bit more tired than she was yesterday. So when I was schooling, I tried to amp her up a little bit so she had enough blood left.

 

“Going last was a huge advantage for me. I knew that no one had been clean, and my horse is naturally fast. My dad, who trains me, told me to go around everywhere and have a very good base rhythm, be smooth and leave the jumps up. I think I had a time fault because I went a little too wide to the FEI vertical – I was being overly cautious. I was just kind of trusting that she would be fast naturally. Luckily, I didn’t have more time faults!”

 

Frances Land

Frances Land

 

Colvin and Rudershausen Honored as East Champions of The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series

 

Colvin was honored as the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series’ Junior East Conference winner. She and Don Juan finished the Series with 1000 points. Over the course of the year, she and Don Juan won Series classes at Devon, Kentucky Spring Horse Show, and the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows in addition to several other top placings. Colvin was named the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for March and June.

 

Victoria Colvin receives her award from Harry de Leyer, rider of Hall of Fame horse Snowman, and George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame

Victoria Colvin receives her award from Harry de Leyer, rider of Hall of Fame horse Snowman, and George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame

 

Rudershausen topped the East Conference standings of the Series’ Amateur-Owner division with 720 points on Gunner. She and Gunner had top placings throughout the year including wins at Blue Rock, the Ocala Winter Festival, and the Tournament of Champions.

 

 

Melissa Rudershausen topped the East Conference standings of the Series' Amateur-Owner division

Melissa Rudershausen topped the East Conference standings of the Series’ Amateur-Owner division

 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1987 and formally opened in 1989. It was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport.

 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.

 

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series holds classes under Grand Prix rules and specifications for amateur-owner and junior riders at approximately one hundred horse shows across the country. The Series keeps separate standings for juniors and amateur-owners in two conferences, East and West. The Series is designed to give amateur-owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition.

 

Regular season standings conclude following the Washington International Horse Show in the East and Los Angeles National Horse Show in the West. Series standings help determine entries for the year-end Championship Finals (which do not count in the season standings) at the Alltech National Horse Show and Las Vegas National Horse Show. Riders from both conferences are eligible for either or both Finals.

 

The 2013 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is sponsored by LEGISequine.com, The National Horse Show Association of America, SmartkPak and Stadium Jumping, Inc.

 

Further information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is available on line at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.

Tim Gredley and Unex Valente Soar to Second Victory in LIFEFORCE ELITE $50,000 Puissance at Alltech National Horse Show

November 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – November 1, 2013 – Great Britain’s Tim Gredley is proving he is perfect in the Puissance. He began his reign of the specialty class during last year’s Alltech National Horse Show with Unex Valente, and just last week he won the event during the Washington International Horse Show. He kept his winning streak alive tonight, going two-for-two during this year’s LIFEFORCE ELITE $50,000 Puissance. Gredley and Unex Valente soared over a wall set at 7-feet to capture the winning prize.

 

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine

“This was the first puissance I ever did on him last year, so it’s nice to come back and win again, since it was our first ever win,” said Gredley. “He is such a pleasure to ride and go with to the shows. When you come here, the footing is great, and the atmosphere is good. It is a pleasure to ride in here.”

 

The night kicked-off with five entries and wall set at 5-feet, 9-inches, but as the wall got higher the entries got lower. Although Charlie Jayne of Elgin, IL was able to clear the wall with Fly Away, he had a rail at the second fence that knocked him out during the first round. In the second round, when the wall’s height increased to 6-fee, 3-inches, Hillary Simpson of Southern Pines, NC, had a rail at the triple bar as well as a block of the wall with Cantus D, owned by Quiet Hill Farm. Although Catherine Pasmore of Wellington, FL, was faultless in the second round aboard Zaragosa, she opted not to return, leaving two riders to battle it out.

 

Tim Gredley accepts the top prize money, presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech

Tim Gredley accepts the top prize money, presented by Dr. Pearse Lyons of Alltech

Aaron Vale of Morriston, FL and Smartie were finalists during the Puissance at the Washington International Horse. They made it through the third round set at 6-feet, 9-inches, but as the wall rose to the height of 7-feet, the challenge became too great. The blocks came to the ground, and for the second week in a row and the second year in a row it was Gredley who came out on top with Unex Valente.

 

“He’s a small horse,” explained Vale. “Last week he went really well until the final round, and then he kind of hesitated off the ground and kind of jumped right through it. I was trying to make sure that I got him off the ground in a positive manner. I think I got a little too much energy and a little too close to it, so he couldn’t elevate quick enough. He gave me a great effort.”

 

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Tim Gredley and Unex Valentine. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Although Gredley might try to break the record one year with Unex Valente, he felt tonight was not the night. “He has jumped so well,” commented Gredley. “To be honest, last week he felt a bit better. He felt a little tighter today-maybe that’s just from doing two weeks on the truck. For him, it’s just kind of second nature to him now. All I have to do is find a nice stride with a little bit of pace, and he does all the work really. I felt it was better to leave it for the welfare of the horse tonight though. He’s just done two weeks on the truck. He’s a nice horse; I don’t want to ruin him.”

 

Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President of Alltech concluded, “The Puissance for horses, last year someone said, ‘Around here, it’s basketball. It’s the only thing that matters. When you do the Puissance, that’s as close to Kentucky basketball as you get!'”

 

Fast Farrington Pilots Blue Angel to $50,000 International Open Jumper Victory

 

The Town Branch Bourbon $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed took center stage earlier this evening,where the first section of the class proved to be the best of the day. Candice King, of Wellington, FL, was the first to show over Conrad Homfeld’s winding speed class aboard Quality Stud’s Antigone Quality. Despite the pressure of being the pathfinders, King and Antigone Quality were perfect over each fence and set the time to beat at 60.07 seconds.

 

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel

Kent Farrington and Blue Angel

Belgium’s Nicola Philippaerts was next in the Alltech Arena with Frans Lens’ Carlito C, and they made sure King did not hold on to the lead for too long when they also managed to navigate the track with ease, leaving each rail intact and breaking the beam at 58.95 seconds.

 

Four rounds later Kent Farrington of Wellington, FL, entered the ring with Blue Angel, owned by Robin Parksy. The pair picked up a very quick gallop to the first obstacle and never left off the gas, shaving off seconds through each turn and not wasting a moment in the air. They managed to leave each fence standing while blazing across the finish line in 53.26 seconds. The five second difference would prove unbeatable as Farrington led the victory gallop after the 23 remaining riders tried to catch his time, followed by Philippaerts in second and King in third.

 

“Conrad is one of the best course designers in the world,” expressed Farrington. “I find his courses really smooth. They are fair to the horses, and all of his options for speed are up to the rider. Instead of a mandatory inside turn he leaves it up to the rider. You can turn as close as you dare to the fences, and I think today that was really an advantage for my horse. I could just go smooth. She’s naturally quick across the ground, and I used a big gallop from the beginning and stayed on the same clip all the way around.”

 

Farrington added, “I wouldn’t say I left door open, but I came out of the ring thinking if somebody beat me it would be a well earned win today.”

 

Just last Saturday, Farrington and Blue Angel won the $100,000 Presidents Cup at the Washington International Horse Show, so tomorrow he will be riding Willow in the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix. “I thought Blue Angel jumped her heart out last week at Washington, so I didn’t want to ask her to do that again two weeks in a row,” he explained. “Willow is a new ride for me, and I wanted to see if he will be ready to go to Europe. I thought this would be a good test. I thought it would be a great way to jump a bigger class and know where I stand with that horse for the future.”

 

Land and Colvin Lead the Way in Amateur-Owner & Junior Jumpers

 

The Chansonette Farm $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper class was the first jumper event of the day, where Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA, managed to best a five horse jump-off with Vieanne. Despite adding not one but two strides down the final line, the pair’s quick pace and turns to the other obstacles proved uncatchable with a time of 35.428 seconds.

 

Frances Land and Vienne

Frances Land and Vienne

The 19-year-old sophomore at Emory University commented, “For the jump-off I knew I needed to have a really good base rhythm and make neat turns. I made a really tight turn to the combination, but I made a mistake to the last jump and did 11 instead of nine. Everywhere else I was neat, and I just added a little bit to the last jump, luckily Adrienne didn’t catch me.”

 

Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, CT, followed Land’s effort with Quidam MB, and missed the leading team by just one-tenth of a second when she stopped the clock in a clear 35.778 seconds for second place. Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL, was the pathfinder aboard Wetter, and with double clear day they captured the third place honors having set the time to beat at 37.359 seconds.

 

Land concluded “I have been riding Vienne since January. She’s just been phenomenal-really fast, really careful, and scopey-really my ride. We get along really well.”

 

The Deeridge Farm $15,000 Junior Jumper class was up next, and yesterday’s winner Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, proved that she is on quite a roll. She was the first to return for the tiebreaker with Monsieur Du Reverdy, and once again she was able to make quick turns without touching a single rail, stopping the clock at 34.263 seconds, a time which she proved only she would be able to beat.

 

She returned four rounds later with her second mount Don Juan, and without planning to do so she managed to best her own horse. The duo was quick to each fence and never wasted a second in the air as they tripped the timers at 34.033 seconds to win the class and relegated Monsieur Du Reverdy to second place. The only other rider to come close to catching her time was Katherine Strauss of Southampton, NY, aboard her consistent partner Chellando Z, who broke the beam at 35.052 seconds for the third place award.

 

“On Don Juan I was trying to go slow, it might not have looked like it, but I was trying to pull. I was trying to have a nice, easy round, but he went fast,” laughed Colvin. “They are completely different. Don Juan is like a dirt bike, and he kind of revs around the corner and shrinks at the jump. Monsieur Du Reverdy is a big easy horse; he’s probably the easiest horse to ride because he’s so smooth and amazing.”

 

Frances Land and Vienne

Frances Land and Vienne

The jumper events will conclude tomorrow with the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix in the evening. Earlier in the day, the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship will be held in the Alltech Arena. The show will wrap up on Sunday with the historic ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships.

 

For more information or to view the competition live please visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com. Coverage is provided by Shownet.biz, iHigh, and HRTV.

Belgium’s Francois Mathy Perfect with Polinska Des Isles in Double H Farm $100,000 International Open Jumpers at Alltech National Horse Show

November 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – October 31, 2013 – Sometimes it is a rail, sometimes it is an inside turn and sometimes it is just one-tenth of a second separating the winner from the losers. That is exactly what happened during the Double H Farm $100,000 International Open Jumpers at the Alltech National Horse Show. Todd Minikus was aiming for his second win in a row with Quality Girl, completing a clear jump-off effort, when Belgium’s Francois Mathy was faultless during the 14-horse jump-off aboard Polinska Des Isles, crossing the finish line a fraction of a second faster to capture the winning honors.

 

Forty of the world’s top riders gathered at the Alltech Arena to compete during tonight’s feature class. Conrad Homfeld offered challenging questions for the first round, but 14 horse and rider combinations managed to clear the course and advance to the jump-off.

 

Francois Mathy and Polinska Des Isles. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Francois Mathy and Polinska Des Isles. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“I think Conrad was probably surprised that he got a couple extra clear, but he truly is a world class course designer,” noted Minikus. “I think he was trying to make it comfortable to get people’s horses going well. A good course designer gets the horses going well during the week and then tests them on the weekend. I think that’s quite a good job.”

 

Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, was the second to return for the tiebreaker with Abigail Wexner’s Amadora, and she wore a target on her back when she made tidy work of the course and left each rail in place to finish in 44.22 seconds, which would hold up for third place.

 

After Madden produced a faultless round, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, left nothing to chance with his winner from last night’s Taylor Harris $50,000 Open Jumper Welcome Speed, Quality Girl, owned by Chris Brems. The pair was quick over the top of each fence, and they shaved off valuable seconds in each turn to best the clock with a time of 41.51 seconds.

 

Great Britain’s Tim Gredley was up next with Unex Chamberlain Z, but they would have the most conservative of the double clear efforts in 45.06 seconds for fifth place. Kirsten Coe of Royal Palm Beach, FL, was narrowly faster than Gredley aboard Baronez, owned by Ilan Ferder and Lousta Stuteri. While also leaving each fence in place, the pair broke the beam at 45.01 seconds for fourth place.

 

The final double clear round in the jump-off proved to be the best of the night. Traveling all the way from Belgium, Francois Mathy’s focus is on Saturday night’s World Cup Qualifier, but tonight he proved that he and Polinska Des Isles, owned by Team Harmony, will be ready for the challenge. They stayed right on Minikus’ track and managed to finish just slightly ahead of his time, dashing across the finish line in 41.42 seconds to capture the victory by just 1/10th of a second.

 

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

“To be honest, my mare is really fast, but I really came here in order to get some World Cup points,” admitted Mathy. “I went quite neat; I didn’t think I could beat the time from Todd. It was quite a good surprise when I passed the timer. I didn’t see his round, but I saw yesterday he won by three seconds. He was fast so I didn’t really calculate on beating him and watching his round.”

 

“It’s all good sport, you know,” stated Minikus. “I live by the theory if you’re not the winner, you’re the loser, but it’s all good sport. Francois gave his horse a heck of a ride and second place is second place.”

 

Mathy had top placings throughout Spruce Meadows with his 10-year-old mare Polinska Des Isles, including a double clear during the Nations Cup, and they also helped the Belgian team place fifth during the 2013 FEI Nations Cup Finals in Barcelona, Spain. After success in North America during the summer and fall, Mathy decided to spend the indoor season in the United States.

 

“In Europe, it’s quite difficult to get in to the World Cups,” stated Mathy. “I quite enjoyed my tour in North America, and I thought it’d be a good opportunity for me to try and get a few more points. It’s my first time actually doing Indoors in North America so this is quite a nice beginning. I was quite impressed to see the facility here and all of the organization. Everybody’s very welcoming, and I’m really happy I came.”

McLain Ward and Zander Zip to $50,000 International Open Speed Victory

 

The National Horse Show Association of America $50,000 International Open Speed, presented by Copernicus and the Coulter Family tested the foot speed of the top mounts over a faults converted track designed by Conrad Homfeld. About midway through the field it looked like young rider Catherine Pasmore had the win in her sights with Vandavid after carefully navigating each obstacle and breaking the beam at a speedy 65.73 seconds.

 

Unfortunately, Olympian McLain Ward went a few rounds later with his consistent partner Zander. The pair easily left all the rails intact and galloped efficiently through a bending line early in the course, as well as taking the direct route after one of the double combinations. The plan paid off, and they finished in 63.09 seconds to take a commanding lead.

 

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

McLain Ward and Zander. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography

Ward could not breathe a sigh of relief just yet though. The last rider to tackle the course was Meagan Nusz with Vesuvius, and they stayed right on Ward’s tracks. Taking sharp turns and leaving strides out they were on the money and it looked like they could take the win, but Nusz and Vesuvius stopped the clock at 63.95, just tenths of a second away from the lead for the second place prize, while Ward led the victory gallop.

 

“Meagan gave me a good run, but it went our way tonight,” admitted Ward. “I was lucky to go late. Last night I had to go very early. Tonight I had a better draw. He has a really big stride, so I was able to leave out a couple of places, and he is a pretty quick horse.”

 

At just 9 years old with multiple wins to his name, Ward is excited about Zander’s future. “This is Zander’s first time Indoors,” he explained. “He jumped the Grand Prix in Washington last week, and he was good, but a little green. We have been kind of moving him up and down in the shows a little bit. This is a unique show because you have two very big speed classes, and one really big one. With the prize money being as good as it is, this probably wouldn’t be his normal class of the show, but the standards are high and it is good for the horse to learn to do that. I think he is going to be a big top, top horse, he’s almost there.”

 

Victoria Colvin and Adrienne Sternlicht Capture Junior and Amateur-Owner Victories

 

Earlier in the day, the jumper action kicked off with the Deeridge Farm $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome Stake. Eight combinations traversed the track without fault, but it was Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, FL, who proved to have the key to winning aboard her own Monsieur Du Reverdy. After competing in last week’s WIHS Equitation Classic, they transitioned back to the jumper ring, and Colvin utilized her mount’s improved rideability to best the track in 61.967 seconds and led the victory gallop.

 

Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy

Victoria Colvin and Monsieur Du Reverdy

“He was turning and not jumping as high as usual because we needed to make him ride like a hunter for the equitation,” explained Colvin. “I think he made up time by going forward over the jumps and he turned really fast. I’ve never won a jumper class here, so it’s pretty nice to have won the first one. After doing the equitation I wasn’t sure if he would clear the fences, but he did! It was amazing.”

 

Katherine Strauss was the last to show with her veteran partner Chellando Z, and although they carefully left strides out and left each rail in place, they fell two seconds short of Colvin’s time in 63.465 seconds for the second place honors. Kalvin Dobbs and Winde, owned by Treesdale Farms, were two seconds slower than Strauss, stopping the clock at 65.145 seconds for third place during the speed class. Charlotte Jacobs and Kachina, owned by Deeridge Farms, rounded out the top four with a clear round in 65.600 seconds.

 

The Chansonette Farm $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Welcome Stake was up next, and the riders showed over the same speed course to determine the winning combination. Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB set the bar very high midway through the class, easily clearing all of the obstacles and tripping the timers at 66.597 seconds to go to the top of the leader board.

 

Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB

Adrienne Sternlicht and Quidam MB

Melissa Rundershuasen entered the Alltech Arena next with Gunner, and while it looked like they might take the lead, 1/10th of a second separated them from Sternlicht as they stopped the clock at 66.656 seconds for the second place honors. Katie Dinan was the last to show with the Grant Road Partners’ Vancouver, but they also fell just shy of Stenlicht with a faultless round in 67.211 seconds to round out the top three and seal Sternlicht’s victory.

 

“Since there weren’t that many options in the course, I tried to shave off my turns and keep a galloping pace through the course and everything came up really nicely,” smiled Sternlicht. “I thought the course was technical for a speed, but it should be because this is a prestigious show. Quidam MB is only 8 years old, and this is his first show inside. I am a bit green to showing inside, as well, and I haven’t been to Kentucky since I did the ponies. Overall it was a really great experience and I am really proud of him.”

 

Tomorrow’s highlight events at the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show, 130th edition, will include each of the $15,000 Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper classes, The Triumph Project $50,000 International Open Jumper Speed class, and the LIFEFORCE Elite $50,000 International Open Jumper Puissance. The weekend will wrap up with the Alltech $250,000 World Cup Qualifying Grand Prix presented by Lifeforce on Saturday night, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships on Sunday.

 

For more information or to view the competition live please visit www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com. Coverage is provided by Shownet.biz, iHigh, and HRTV.

 

Results

 

Class 203, $100,000 OPEN JPR 1.50M

1 347 POLINSKA DES ISLES FRANCOIS MATHY 0 0 0 66.710 0 0 0 41.420

2 339 QUALITY GIRL TODD MINIKUS 0 0 0 66.670 0 0 0 41.510

3 249 AMADORA BEEZIE MADDEN 0 0 0 68.400 0 0 0 44.220

4 213 BARONEZ KIRSTEN COE 0 0 0 67.260 0 0 0 45.010

5 226 UNEX CHAMBERLAIN Z TIM GREDLEY 0 0 0 65.840 0 0 0 45.060

6 244 JUBILEE D’OUILLY LAURA KRAUT 0 0 0 64.210 4 0 4 41.530

7 241 ASLAN LJUBOV KOCHETOVA 0 0 0 66.340 4 0 4 42.280

8 270 DENVER VAN T GOEMANSHOT OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS 0 0 0 65.290 4 0 4 42.880

9 330 PUMPED UP KICKS LILLIE KEENAN 0 0 0 66.450 4 0 4 44.260

10 307 NOUGAT DU VALLET KATHERINE DINAN 0 0 0 64.180 8 0 8 43.490

11 253 ZERLY CHRISTINE MCCREA 0 0 0 65.810 8 0 8 44.320

12 344 MARK Q KEVIN BABINGTON 0 0 0 68.160 7 1 8 51.870

 

Class 2022, $50,000 FAULTS CONV. 1.45M

1 291 ZANDER MCLAIN WARD 0 0 0 63.090

2 318 VESUVIUS MEAGAN NUSZ 0 0 0 63.900

3 266 VANDAVID CATHERINE PASMORE 0 0 0 65.730

4 328 THE PUGILIST JOS VERLOOY 0 0 0 66.920

5 216 INDIGO MARGIE ENGLE 0 0 0 67.070

6 345 SHORAPUR KEVIN BABINGTON 0 0 0 68.490

7 269 FIDELE OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS 0 0 0 68.600

8 262 KAID DU RY ALISE OKEN 0 0 0 68.660

9 203 WINTU LESLIE HOWARD 0 0 0 68.710

10 284 CYKLON 1083 SHANE SWEETNAM 0 0 0 70.960

Class 251, $10,000 JR JPR WELCOME

1 559 MONSIEUR DU REVERDY VICTORIA COLVIN 0 0 0 61.975

2 410 CHELLANDO Z KATHERINE STRAUSS 0 0 0 63.465

3 364 WINDE KALVIN DOBBS 0 0 0 65.145

4 524 KACHINA CHARLOTTE JACOBS 0 0 0 65.600

5 578 NO DOUBT HAYLEY WATERS 0 0 0 65.998

6 421 LUXINA MICHAEL HUGHES 0 0 0 67.103

7 683 PATRIOT LUCAS PORTER 0 0 0 69.303

8 594 MTM SUMMIT TAYLOR SUTTON 0 0 0 72.561

9 558 DON JUAN VICTORIA COLVIN 4 0 4 63.826

10 617 BARIANO EUGENIO GARZA 4 0 4 65.833

 

Class 253, $10,000 A/O JPR WELCOME

1 439 QUIDAM MB ADRIENNE STERNLICHT 0 0 0 66.597

2 465 GUNNER MELISSA RUDERSHAUSEN 0 0 0 66.656

3 607 VANCOUVER KATHERINE DINAN 0 0 0 67.211

4 521 DON’T GO CATHERINE TYREE 0 0 0 67.390

5 676 RUBY TUESDAY ROBERT DONALDSON 0 0 0 69.219

6 450 OSCAR 72 LAUREN WARD 0 0 0 71.205

7 452 ANA SIA HALEY SCHAUFELD 0 0 0 72.253

8 368 TOTAL TOUCH CAITLIN HOPE 0 0 0 73.929

9 370 WIEMINKA B WESLEY NEWLANDS 4 0 4 66.047

10 667 WETTER CATHERINE TYREE 4 0 4 67.395

Junior Hunters Set The Stage On Opening Day of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

October 10, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

The hunter competition proved tough on opening day, but it was Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, who stood out and proved why she is a formidable opponent in the hunter ring, winning a total of five classes.

In the Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Division, Colvin’s beautiful rounds aboard Dr. Betsee Parker’s OVATION clinched the win for the pair in all three classes: Over

Fences, the Handy Over Fences, and on the flat Under Saddle.

Victoria Colvin and WAY COOL

Victoria Colvin and WAY COOL

In the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Over Fences, the rounds varied and so did the placings. Destry Spielberg and ILLUSION won the first class over fences, while Cloe Hymowitz and ENJOY claimed the Handy Over Fences. Ashley Foster and SIN CITY strutted their stuff on the flat, winning the Under Saddle class.

In the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Division, Victoria Colvin rode both INCLUSIVE and WAY COOL, but it was the latter who kept his cool winning both the Over Fences and Handy classes.

“He went amazing today!”, said Colvin about her ride on WAY COOL. “Usually INCLUSIVE is a little easier, but today he was fresh”. Colvin has been riding both horses for almost 3 years and trains with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley.

Courtney Butz and BROOKLYN, competing at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for the second time, won their second Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under, Under Saddle class. “He’s usually very lazy”, laughed Courtney.

In the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 classes, it was Lillie Keenan who put the pressure on with WALK THE LINE, winning the first two classes, but it was Taylor Willever and ELOQUENCE who stole the under saddle class.

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.

With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.

In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.

Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.

Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.

For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show’s website, www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email, eventinfo@PAnational.org.

Colvin Earns Grand Junior Hunter Championship At The Hampton Classic Junior hunters earn tricolors in Anne Aspinall Ring.

August 31, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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Bridgehampton, NY-August 30, 2013 -Just as she did in 2012, Victoria Colvin won two junior hunter championships on two horses owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and trained by Scott Stewart. Her victors were even the same two horses-Ovation won the Grand Junior Hunter Championship after winning the Small Junior Hunter, 15 and Under title, and Way Cool won the Large Junior Hunter Championship, 15 and Under title.

 

Way Cool also earned the Junior Hunter High-Score Award for scoring 92 points in one round.

 

“He really likes this ring-I think he likes the grass- and he jumps great in it,” said Colvin, 15, of Wellington, Fla.

 

Colvin has been riding Ovation and Way Cool for more than three years at Stewart’s barn. “They’re really easy and really fun, and they’re both usually perfect at every show,” she said.

 

Way Cool’s secret to success is that “he puts his ears forward and jumps really good.” Ovation’s secret to success is that “he’s a really great mover and such a great jumper.”

 

Colvin said that the two geldings have some common personality traits. For one thing, Ovation and Way Cool are each showmen, almost prima donnas.  “They’re both cranky when other horses get near them, but they think people are their friends,” she said.

 

Outside the ring, they’re each predictably steady to ride, and “you never really know what you’re going to get when you go in the ring, but they’ve both gotten much better. But they still go in the ring and wake up.”

 

Lillie Keenan, 16, won the Large Junior Hunter, 16-17, Championship on Walk The Line. The tricolor ribbon was the latest in a series of victories for Keenan, of New York, N.Y., at the 38th Hampton Classic. On Tuesday she won the $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge, and on Thursday she won the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship. She’s riding eight different horses in the jumper, hunter and equitation divisions.

 

“Walk The Line is a quirky horse, but a whole lot of fun,” said Keenan. She started riding the gelding in early 2013-her friend Meg O’Mara had previously owned him but aged out of the junior division and sold him to trainer Don Stewart. Keenan said she she’d watched O’Mara ride him often, and now she leases him to show.

 

“He jumps unlike any other horse I’ve ever ridden-he really fires over the jumps. At every fence he gives a crazy effort and jumps a 10, if not an 11. He really wants to win,” Keenan said.

 

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

 

The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days – the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.  The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division.

 

The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild  in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

 

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

 

Free live webcasts of all  Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy  of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz.

 

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

 

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Victoria Colvin rode Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation to win the Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

 

Colvin and Inclusive Earn Overall Grand Champion Title Once Again at 2013 US Junior Hunter National Championships – East

August 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY – The best junior hunter riders on the east coast travelled to HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, NY to compete in the 2013 US Junior Hunter National Championships – East, July 29-31. The judging panel consisting of Jeff Ayers (Sellersville, PA), Scott Fitton (Royal Palm Beach, FL), and Hap Hansen (Encinitas, CA) assessed the field of talented riders on the flat and over fences, with courses designed by Rian Beals (Saugerties, NY). After winning the $4,000 Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Classic and $4,000 Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Handy, 15-year-old Victoria Colvin (Loxahatchee, FL) and Dr. Betsee Parker’s Inclusive claimed the Overall Grand Champion title. She and the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding won the same title at last year’s east coast championship.

 

Victoria Colvin and Inclusive, the 2013 US Junior Hunter National Championships - East Overall Grand Champions (ESI Photography)

Victoria Colvin and Inclusive, the 2013 US Junior Hunter National Championships – East Overall Grand Champions (ESI Photography)

“I had so much fun,” said Colvin. “Inclusive is a great horse. I am grateful that Dr. Betsee Parker lets me ride him. The courses were amazing. I loved the handy. It lets me show his qualities.”

Colvin also won the Small Junior 15 & Under division with Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation. She and the 13-year-old Warmblood gelding won the $4,000 Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Classic and the $2,000 Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under U/S and finished second in the $4,000 Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Handy.

“I was most proud of Ovation,” remarked Colvin. “He in the past has not loved the ring at Saugerties, but this year he did. Ken [Berkley] and Scott [Stewart] told me to have fun, which I did.”

The Overall Reserve Grand Champion title went to 16-year-old Lillie Keenan (New York, NY) and Jennifer Gates’ Parkland. With the nine-year-old KWPN gelding, Keenan won the $2,000 Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Under Saddle and the $4,000 Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Handy and finished second in the $4,000 Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Classic.

The War Dress Memorial Trophy awarded to the highest scoring mare in the competition went to Danielle Stacy’s Tiffani, ridden by 14-year-old Lili Hymowitz (New York, NY). With the 10-year-old Holsteiner mare, Hymowitz came in second in the $4,000 Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Classic.

To find out more information about the US Junior Hunter National Championships, visit http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/breedsdisciplines/discipline/allhunter/JuniorChampionships.aspx.
 

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Victoria Colvin Named Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for June

July 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Lexington, KY–July 11, 2013–Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL has been named the Show Jumping Hall of FameRider of the Month for June. This is the second time this year that Colvin has been Rider of the Month; she was also awarded Rider of the Month in March.

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Victoria Colvin at the 2013 Lake Placid Horse Shows

Colvin competes in the East Conference Junior division of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series aboard Don Juan. The month of June was successful for Colvin and her riding partner as they took first place finishes at both the Devon and Lake Placid Horse Shows, two of the nation’s biggest and most prestigious horse shows.

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series honors one rider each month as the Rider of the Month. The honor goes to the one rider who earns the most points on one horse in Series competition that month.

“We would like to congratulate Victoria on being our June Rider of the Month,” said George Morris, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. “Being Rider of the Month is a difficult accomplishment, and we are proud and impressed that she has achieved this twice in one year.”

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series hosts separate divisions for junior and amateur-owner riders in two Conferences—the East Conference and the West Conference.  Series standings are used to help determine junior and amateur-owner entries for the Alltech National Horse Show and Las Vegas National Horse Show

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame conducts the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, held under Grand Prix rules and specifications. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series is designed to give amateur-owner and junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a proving ground for many riders who aspire to someday represent the United States in international competition.

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series receives sponsor support fromLEGISequine.com, The National Horse Show Association of America, SmartPak, and Stadium Jumping, Inc.

Any horse show offering a class that meets all the criteria set forth in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series specifications and has prize money of at least $1,000 is eligible to be part of the Series.

The Show Jumping Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park’s Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport’s history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series are still available. For more information, please contact Jonathan Bauman atJonathan@classic-communications.com or call 508-698-6810 extension 12.

For more information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, including Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website atwww.showjumpinghalloffame.net

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.

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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?

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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.

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