David Marcus started his weekend right at Dressage at Devon. By day's end on Friday, he'd won both the Grand Prix qualifier classes, beating out his competition by sneaking up the leaderboard at the end of the classes.
November 29, 2011 (Devon, PA) – Dressage at Devon conjures up images of years of tradition, with international competitors and thousands of devoted fans. There is a reason Dressage at Devon has been a premier dressage show for almost four decades attracting riders and their horses from around the world.
You’ll have to forgive D Niro for being absent from the Grand Prix Special awards ceremony. It’s his first trip to Dressage at Devon (Pa.), and it’s been a little overwhelming.
Jacqueline Brooks rode the 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (D-Day—Alitalia, Napoleon 625) to the win in the CDI-W Grand Prix Special on Sunday afternoon (66.88%). Although the pair has only been together since March, they’ve come a long way since then.
The weather for Saturday night’s Grand Prix freestyle at Dressage at Devon (Pa.) started out clear, if a little crisp. The crowds—aided by the new and fully stocked Devon Pub—were in high spirits and eager to see their favorite horses and riders perform. It wasn’t until the three top-placed riders from the previous evening’s Grand Prix were scheduled to go that the rain really started to pour.
Heather Mason and Warsteiner have had a good year. Recently named as alternates to the 2011 Pan American Games dressage team after their performance in the Intermediare Championships at the Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions (N.J.), they now have a win in Friday afternoon's Prix St. Georges (69.47%) at Dressage at Devon (Pa.) to add to that list.
A living symbol of American freedom knows no boundaries in his new career.
He was born an American icon. As a wild U.S. mustang he symbolized independence. Surviving wasn't easy in the rugged desert landscape of Palomino Valley outside Reno, Nev., but as a young colt he knew nothing but the freedom of the desert wind.
Until the day the helicopters came.
Nine years later, this striking dun stallion trotted confidently in the company of champion warmbloods around the historic Dixon Oval as the first mustang to ever compete at Dressage at Devon (Pa.).