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Dressage At Devon

September 26, 2009

Calecto V Becomes Newest Champion At Devon

There’s a first for everything in the world of horses, and Tina Konyot had a lot of firsts at Devon on Saturday, Sept. 26. It was her first Grand Prix freestyle with Calecto V, her first appearance with him in the Dixon Oval, and their first Grand Prix freestyle win.

“I’m actually overwhelmed,” said Konyot, North Stonington, Conn. “There are lots of things to fix and make stronger and more consistent, but he has so much talent and is so happy doing his job. It’s nice to have something special that I’m trying to develop.”

September 26, 2009

Olympia Is Two For Two At Devon

Cesar Parra had a look of pure joy on his face as he finished his canter tour aboard Olympia in the Intermediaire I class this morning, Sept. 26, at Dressage At Devon, and if the roar of the crowd at his final salute wasn’t proof that their test was exceptional, the 72.19 percent they were awarded certainly was.

September 25, 2009

A Canadian Takes The Dixon Oval

It’s safe to say that Jaqueline Brooks was shocked when she and Balmoral were awarded the blue ribbon after their Grand Prix for the freestyle test on Friday, Sept. 25, in the Dixon Oval.

“He’s my young horse,” said Brooks, Cedar Valley, Ont. “I made a few mistakes because I went, ‘Oh my god. Look at you!’ I came to the first piaffe and couldn’t stop him from doing it [even if I wanted to].”

Despite those mistakes, Brooks and the talented Balmoral (66.93%) edged out Tina Konyot and Calecto V (66.85%) by a mere .085 percent.

September 28, 2008

Rain Doesn't Ruin Devon For Repeat Winners

Creech, Barteau and Ots earn even more accolades on the final day of Dressage At Devon.

Thanks to downpours and oversaturated footing, the class entries on the final day of Dressage At Devon were significantly smaller than anticipated, but for the several riders who managed to pull off repeat victories, the blues were still hard-earned.

Devon rookie Diane Creech topped the Grand Prix for the Special on Friday afternoon and today she made a clean sweep of her classes with Wiona, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale.

September 27, 2008

There's No Stopping Succes In The Freestyle

Lars Petersen gets his second consecutive win in the hotly-contested competition.

At last year’s Dressage At Devon, Lars Petersen said he wasn’t sure he even wanted to enter Succes in the Grand Prix freestyle until the last minute, so their win on a score of 73.40 percent came as a pleasant surprise. But with another year of experience with their now-popular routine, it was no shock to anyone that they scored their second consecutive win tonight in front of a packed crowd at Dressage At Devon.

September 30, 2007

King Wins Many Crowns On Final Day Of Dressage At Devon

The last day of Dressage At Devon was all about Courtney King.  She won both the Grand Prix Special with Mythilus (71.00%) and the Intermediaire freestyle with Rendezvous 3 (71.20%).

“Today he stayed right with me,” said King of Mythilus.  “He started to take over in the twos, and I made a half-halt, and he came right back.”

She promised that her young Grand Prix horse still has much more to show in his piaffe and passage work.  “Every day he comes out happy to work,” she said.

September 29, 2007

Succes Surpasses The Rest On Freestyle Night

Lars Petersen decided to enter Succes in the Grand Prix freestyle at Dressage At Devon at the last minute, but it turned out to be a good choice, as he came away with the win after an impressively difficult test (73.40%).

Courtney King was right behind him aboard Idocus (73.00%), and Ashley Holzer kept a tired and excited Pop Art together for third place (72.10%).

September 29, 2007

Ribbon Girl Takes Home Awards Of Her Own

Sophie Ghedin typically spends her days at Dressage At Devon running back and forth between sponsors, the trophy room and the awards ceremonies.  For four years she’s volunteered to coordinate the trophies and ribbons, which starts with ordering them months before the show begins.

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