Devon, Pa.—May 23
He’d already jumped two big tracks yesterday and another big one tonight, but throughout the award ceremony TrivIant looked like he was ready to go for another round or two. The gelding refused to stand still, pumped up by the eager crowd packed around the arena.
When he and Daisy Farish were awarded the junior jumper championship, the pair did a drive-by in the awards, too antsy to stand still. Farish returned to the ring on foot to accept her championship and the leading junior jumper rider award.
They topped a four-horse jump-off, returning second to best Lucy Deslauriers and Hester who posted the only other clear round.
“I knew Daisy was coming after me so there was a little bit of pressure there,” said Deslauriers. “I knew she was always clear and fast on this horse, so I thought I was pretty fast, but I knew that she would definitely give it a run for her money which she did.”
Both Vivian Yowan (Vornado Van DeHoendrik) and Kelli Cruciotti (Wallenberg) advanced to the jump-off, but ran into trouble in the jump-off, accumulating 12 jumping faults apiece and a handful of time penalties.
Farish has been a regular winner at Devon in the pony hunter division for years, but this was her first time competing in the junior jumpers. With the amount of poise she carries in the tack and all the ribbons she’s collected over the years, it’d be easy to assume that nothing phases the 14-year-old rider from Versailles, Ky., but actually the opposite is true.
“I was super nervous and didn’t really know what to expect, but it ended up being OK, and my horse helped me out a lot,” she said.
Farish partnered with the Dutch Warmblood gelding a year ago, and moved up to the high junior jumpers last fall. After consistent high placings this winter during the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.) Farish and her trainer Andre Dignelli decided to start making Devon a goal.
With a fifth in yesterday’s speed round and second in the gambler’s choice, today’s win in the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame class gave Farish and Triviant the junior jumper championship.
Deslauriers, who won a section of the Maclay earlier this weekend, was awarded the Shalanno Style of Riding Award.
“It’s really incredible, said Deslauriers, 15. “I think that it’s important the base that we get from the equitation ring and to be able to carry it over is something that we all try to do—to be able to be recognized for that is really amazing. I’m really honored to win the award.”
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