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September 27, 2013

12 Highlights From The Devon Grand Prix Classes

Devon, Pa.—Sept. 27

 Riders in the Grand Prix for the Special and Grand Prix for the freestyle took their turns in the Dixon Oval at Dressage At Devon today, with Canada’s Ashley Holzer triumphing in both classes with Jewel’s Adelante (72.00%) and Breaking Dawn (72.83%), respectively. "I hit the passage at V today, and I swear, in the ring, I said 'Whee!' " said Holzer of her ride with Jewel's Adelante. "It was a joyous moment. I had a great time in there." 

But Holzer wasn't the only one to enjoy her time in the ring. Check out our gallery of 12 memorable happenings from the classes this evening: 

1. Holzer and Breaking Dawn's reunion. Holzer and the 12-year-old gelding last competed in a CDI together this April, and the horse is more frequently ridden by owner PJ Rizvi.  

Ashley Edward

2. Lars Petersen and Mariett's polished performance, which earned them second in the Grand Prix for the freestyle on 72.19 percent. (Also check out Petersen's new coat!)

Lars Mariett

3. The soft connection Tina Konyot always displays with Calecto V. The pair finished third in the Grand Prix for the freestyle. 

Tina Calecto

4. Victor HF's ability to sit in the piaffe. The horse, ridden by Michael Barisone, earned a 67.44 percent in the Grand Prix for the freestyle. 

HF Victor and Michael

5. The extremely professional effort put in by adult amateur Jill Irving aboard Holzer's veteran Grand Prix partner, Pop Art. The pair picked up a 69.80 percent in the Grand Prix for the freestyle, placing fifth. 

Pop Art

6. And Holzer's reaction to Pop Art's test. 

Ashley cheers

7. Udon P's genuine expression and efforts in the Grand Prix for the freestyle. Udon P was ridden by Kelly Layne. 

Udon P

8. The display of partnership between Holzer and Jewel's Adelante, despite their short time together. (Holzer is competing the horse while owner Eliane Cordia van Reesema is out after having a baby.) 

Ashley Jewel's Adelante

9. Ellegria's expressive extended gaits. Barisone rode Ellegria to second in the Grand Prix for the Special (67.57%).

Michael Ella

10. Australia's Layne and Von Primaire's boldness in the extended canter during the Grand Prix for the Special. 

Australian horse

11. Catherine Haddad Staller's decision to put in a quick schooling circle when Mane Stream Hotmail got flustered during the first trot half-pass in the Grand Prix for the Special. 

CAtherine Haddad Buck

After her quiet correction, the horse went confidently back to work and put in a smooth Grand Prix test.

Catherine Haddad

12. The Andalusian stallion Oyente's irredescent coat, which ellicted comments from many spectators. Oyente was ridden by Elly Schobel in the Grand Prix for the Special. 

Oyente

The Grand Prix freestyle takes place tomorrow evening. You can see full Devon results online

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