Leah Wilson Wilkins and Fabian JS haven’t had long to solidify their partnership, but they proved that they have what it takes to compete in the big ring when they won Wilkins’ first CDI Grand Prix at Dressage At Devon.
They qualified for today’s FEI Grand Prix Special CDI-W in the pouring rain yesterday and came back to the Dixon Oval today to score a 69.60 percent and top the class.
After they battled the rain and bested the FEI Prix St. Georges yesterday with a score of 68.90, Christina Vinios and Folkestone were the only pair to break 70 percent in the FEI Intermediaire I CDI*** at Dressage At Devon (Pa.). Their score of 71.26 percent earned them the win.
In spite of the wind and rain, riders headed down centerline to contest the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W qualifier for the Grand Prix Special at Dressage At Devon (Pa.). Christlot Boylen and Drentano splashed to the win with a score of 67.86 percent.
“He’s such a trooper; he was very good,” said Boylen, 68. “He was a bit waterlogged towards the end; I had the feeling his tail was stuck between his hind legs a little, but until then he really played along and did his job.”
It’s been a weekend for career-changed horses to shine at Devon. Cuba, piloted by McKayla Langmeier, added his name to the list currently occupied by Hunter Holloway’s equitation horse, Any Given Sunday, who originally started in the jumper ring.
The bay gelding owned by Missy Clark and North Run had a clean sweep in the large junior, 15 and under, division. With the maximum number of points accumulated in the division, he was the clear winner of the overall large junior championship, and the grand junior championship.