On the first day at the thirty first annual Dressage at Devon, the breed show began under sunny skies, a rare and welcome change to the past years of the autumn event held at the historic Devon show grounds in Pennsylvania. USEF Show manager Nan Demchur commented “This is the first time we have had to use water trucks in years, but we are not complaining!”
With a full schedule of breed classes which began at 8:00 AM and ran under the lights in the Dixon Oval finishing at 9:00 PM, America’s top bred horses representing not only many of the country’s finest breeding establishments, but also the small independent horse owners who came with the dream of bringing home a ribbon.
Elly Schobel's Raison de Joie Captures Colt Honors
It was an American bred three-year-old colt, Elly Schobel’s Raison de Joie, who took home the top honors of the day, winning the Cosequin USDF Horse of the Year for in Hand, the Three-Year-Old Colts and Gelding Class and Championship, Three-Year-Old Material Class, and Suitable to Become a Dressage Horse.
Bred in Lexington Kentucky at Dreamtime Farm, the attractive leggy dark bay stallion is by Regulus out of Krystal Heiressxx by Kabaley xx, is the half brother to Schobel’s successful Raison D’Etre, who dominated the Young Horse classes as a 5 and six year old. “They called me when this colt was 2 days old and said “We have another one for you.” said Schobel. “I didn’t even lay eyes on him until he was four months old, and I knew the minute I saw him he was a winner.”
Stacy Jones's Hallelujah Leading Filly of the Day
In the filly divisions it was another three-year-old which dominated the female division during the first day of the 2005 Dressage at Devon Breed competition. Stacy’s Jones’s Hallelujah, and Oldenburg filly by Harvard out of Aracaju by Andiamo and bred in Germany by Dr. Beata Hoenberg, captured the Filly Championship, The Young Horse Championship, and the Three-Year-Old Materiale class under her rider/trainer Stacy Parvey Larsson.
Jones purchased the filly from Angela Barilar, owner of the stallion Davignon, who produced Donegal the first American bred horse to compete at the FEI World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in 2005. Barilar who has toned down her breeding operation to focus on importing quality young horses from Europe is expecting a shipment of 8 horses she handpicked to offer for sale. “They are all jewels, like the beautiful filly Hallelujah, beautiful conformation and big long movers.”
Stacy Parvey-Larsson is training with Dr. Cesar Parra and preparing Hallelujah to compete in the FEI 5-year old Young Horse classes in two years.
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