Professional hunter rider Jennifer Alfano fractured her left knee in a fall while competing at the Devon Horse Show. Alfano was riding Miss Lucy in the first high performance hunter class of the day when she got unseated a few strides after landing off one jump and fell. Miss Lucy was unharmed in the incident.
Alfano was transported to a local hospital and may have to undergo surgery to repair the damage.
Just 24 hours before the $50,000 Welcome Stake at the Devon Horse Show, McLain Ward was just flying in from Europe after having stormed to a dominant weekend at the Rome CSIO5*. The morning of the class, he took a few hours to teach some students and show some sales horses.
Two scores of 95. Cut-offs of 85 for jogs. It was a day of amazing jumping in the open hunter divisions at Devon. Here are some of the horses making headlines on Day 2 out of three days of the open hunters (All photos by Molly Sorge)...
Nick Haness and Technicolor picked up three blue ribbons in the first year green division on their way to the division championship.
You know them from the famous WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship series. You've seen them parade around dressed to run. You've seen them gallop and jump.
And now you get to meet the tiny ambassadors of racing up close and personal, as we went Behind The Stall Door with seven of the ponies of U.S. Pony Racing. Meet Truffles, Olney Quick Draw McGraw, Frosted Flakes, Knight's Taffy, Olney Victor, Cricket and Sail The Sun:
It’s been a long and very bumpy road for both Phoenix Cooke and Skys Burnin Blue on the way to their big wins at Devon—one filled with tragedy, second chances, and hope.
When Stefanie Portman and Cooke started working with Skys Burnin Blue a few years ago, they never imagined the game gray mare would take them to some of the biggest shows in the country—and to the awards ceremony at the Devon Horse Show.
For a few minutes, the Dixon Oval at Devon turns into a speedway for mini equines. That's right, for two days of the schedule, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechases take over the ring for a rollicking few laps of the historic ring.
U.S. Pony Racing Director Regina Welsh gathered two fields for the raes, with a maiden hurdle race on May 29 and an allowance hurdle taking place on May 30. Frosted Flakes and Kiley Ahn won the first race, while Savannah Smith won the second race on Knight's Taffy.
America’s McLain Ward threw down a super-confident victory in the Loro Piana Grand Prix at Piazza di Siena with HH Azur. On form all week and looking competitive from the outset in the grand prix, he produced one of just seven clear rounds over Uliano Vezzani’s tough first-round track and then showed a spectacular turn of foot in the second round to clinch it.
In an amazing finish to a spectacular weekend at the Rome CSIO5*, McLain Ward won the Loro Piana Grand Prix of Rome in stunning style, as he and HH Azur left the star-studded field almost 2 seconds in the dust.