Wellington, FL — Grand Prix dressage rider Devon Kane has been selected to compete abroad through a USEF International High Performance Programs grant, generously supported by the USET Foundation, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), and USEF Sponsors and Members. Kane and her 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Destiny (Diamond Hit-Midt-West Regina, Rubenstein) will represent the U.S. at the Nations Cup CDIO5* Falsterbo in Falsterbo, Sweden, July 9-12.
Kane and the other talented grant recipients will represent the U.S. in Nations Cup competitions this summer in Falsterbo as well as in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Hagen, Germany; and Hickstead in the United Kingdom.
“I am very honored and flattered to have been chosen by the USEF committee for the training grant,” Kane says. “I am so grateful to USEF and the donors for the financial help to keep my education and career expanding. I am truly honored to represent the U.S. at the Nations Cup CDIO 5* in Falsterbo, and we will center our training in preparation for this show.”
Kane, owner and head trainer at Diamante Farms in Wellington, Florida, also traveled to Europe to compete and train last summer, and is ready to step up into even more prestigious international competition this year with Destiny. Last year, Kane spent her summer in Europe training two of her horses, Destiny and Winchester, with Olympic Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt of Germany. Her history of working with Schmidt has helped her achieve great success in dressage. She is excited to continue training with the renowned rider this year.
“The USEF grant makes this part of my career— being able to train with Hubertus and compete in Europe— possible. It is hard to leave your base and clients to go to Germany to train, and the grant makes my ambitions possible. ‘Desi’ had some down time after finishing the season in Wellington, but he is happily working hard now. We are fit and ready to get to work as soon as we arrive and soak up as much ‘Hubertus time’ as we can. Destiny and I are excited to start our summer season and get working!”
Kane and Destiny seem prepared to represent their country in international competition after completing a successful winter show season at the 2015 Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, and before that earning the title of 2014 U.S. Dressage Finals Grand Prix Champion in Lexington, Kentucky.
Kane will leave Florida for Europe on June 1, and will stay for three months. While in Europe, she will be based at Flyenhof stables in Etteln, Germany, with Hubertus Schmidt. Besides Destiny, she will be bringing Winchester, her new stallion Sir Galanto, her working student Mckenzie Jenkins, and Jenkins’s horse Heerser.
To learn more about Devon Kane and Destiny, and about Kane’s successful dressage training, showing, and boarding business Diamante Farms, visit www.DiamanteFarms.com or call 561-307-2831.