Devon, Pennsylvania – Among Wednesday’s highlights at Dressage at Devon 2014 was the Breeder’s Group award, sponsored by Just Vavallor Equestrian Fashion. In this class, a group of no more than three horses of any age, all bred by the exhibitor, are judged as a whole. This year’s winner was Iron Springs Farm (Coatesville, PA). And not only did they win, they did so with a score of 90.00, higher than any other in the class in recent memory. Included in the group was Andorra ISF, a nine year old KWPN mare by Sir Sinclair out of Hivona by Consul; Floraya ISF, a four year old KWPN mare by Florianus out of Toraya by Goodtimes; and Hailey ISF, a two-year old filly by Florianus II out of Tahiti ISF by Contango. “It’s promising because of the young ones – it shows we’re on the right track,” said Rob de Bruin, known as “the runner from Europe.”
Born in the USA, always a favorite at Dressage at Devon, was developed in 2003 by the Dressage at Devon Committee to recognize and reward the achievements of the American breeders of Sport Horse. To be eligible, horses must be conceived and foaled in the USA. There are multiple winners in this class. For a full listing, please click here
For those who have been following Damaskus with Dressage at Devon, he was in the Dixon Oval again today. This time though, it was his dam, Raureif (Ramiro’s Bube x Elfentanz), a grey Hanovarian mare bred by Catherine Haddad Staller, who was the spotlight. “Raureif is one of the best offspring ever produced from my Figaro x Goldstern line,” said Staller. Raureif took home the third, with a score of 75.95 in the Four Year Old & Older Brood Mares. Bahia Breeze (SPS Bonne Chance x Benetton Dream) took the blue ribbon home with a score of 80.00, followed by Ravanna (Hauptstubuch x Revan), a chestnut Oldenburg mare with a score of 76.30.
The Great American/USDF Stallion Final was won by Dheputy (EM Rhussia x Dauphin) with a score of 77.250. He is a five year old, bay Oldenburg stallion, owned and bred by Maurine Swanson of Slatington, PA.
The Great American/USDF Mare Final was won by Andorra ISF (Hivona x Sir Sinclair). Bred by Iron Spring Farm, Andorra is a nine-year old, bay KWPN mare.
The Materiale Championship, sponsored by Ella’s Bistro, was won by Sir Eastwood (Pom Pon x Sir Sinclair) a bay Oldenburg gelding ridden by Kimberly Pullen.
And, in the last class of the night, Dansuse (EM Fuerst Dancer MF x Don Principe), and bred by Maryanna Haymon of Columbus, NC, was awarded the Grand Championship, sponsored by Hilltop Farm.
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 25 features the Individual Breed Classes – from Andalusians to Rheinland Pfalz-Saars, these horses are some of the best of their breeds. Both Damaskus and his dam, Raureif will be showing in Hanovarian classes. The performance division begins Thursday evening with the USEF Fourth Level Text of Choice Open and FEI and USEF tests for five and six year olds.