2002 Dressage at Devon kicked off wonderfully for Long Island based Jan Brons. Aboard his flamboyant, yet petite Dutch bred mare Josien, Brons rode a delightful Prix St Georges test scoring a high 67.000%.
Winner of the afternoon PSG class, the Canadian JoAnne Mintz, ranked second overall with 65.333%. Her chestnut gelding Koriedon showed powerful movements but lacked a bit of the elegance cute Josien has. In third was morning session rider Lisette Thirion-Milner with Eminence. Trained by Robert Dover, Milner had a decent ride which was marked 64.667%.
The breed show classes in the afternoon were dampered by heavy rain showers caused by hurricane Isidore. Show announcer Brian O'Connor kept spirits high, however, by encouraging handlers and horses who had to face a woodstock mud slide scene instead a neatly dragged Dixon Oval ring. "Now we know that Friesian is a Scandinavian word. It means,"goes well in the mud," O'Connor joked.
The Prix St Georges class on Thursday was a warm-up for the CDI Prix St Georges on Friday in which 40 combinations are entered. All horses passed the vet check and the crowd is happy and ready to see some top level dressage at America's oldest horse show in Devon.
Horsesdaily "On the Scene" at the 2002 Dressage at Devon
Devon Gets Acquainted With Hurricane Isidore
JoAnne Mintz and Koriedon Victorious in the Prix St Georges
Jan Brons and Josien Win Morning Session Prix St Georges