Jane Gaston of The Plains, Virginia and Lumiere dominated the Dixon Oval during the last two days of competition in the Amateur Owner Hunter 35 and over division. Wearing her shadbelly from M.J. Knoud's that she has had since she was 16, Jane and her wonderful 10 year old chestnut gelding won 3 out of 4 of the over fences classes amassing a total of 30 points to secure the division Championship, the Grand Amateur Owner Hunter Championship and the Leading Amateur Owner Hunter Rider titles.
The duo saved the best for last, laying down a flawless last trip which was rewarded with a 90, the highest score of the division. Jane couldn't have been more pleased with her second trip to Devon in the last 30 years with Lumiere, "He was spot on awesome. He loves what he does. He enjoys it, and he's just cool."
Lumiere has been in Jane's life since he was four, when Jane purchased the 16.2 hand Oldenburg by L'Ami from Bob Crandall. He lives at Whitewood Farm in The Plains, which is a working cattle farm with racehorses on it owned by the Orhstrom family. "They have about 2,000 acres total and it's great because they have Hackney ponies, so they come through, they foxhunt through there, hounds come through, the carriages come through....so we have a Devon experience almost every day. "
The Dixon Oval is one of Gaston's favorite places to show. "I love the size of this ring. It's just a big galloping ring. There's so much room that wherever they place the jumps in it, you can find room to do so many things. I love to gallop in there."
The Devon Horse Show awards presentations also mean a great deal to Gaston. "I haven't cried yet, but I could before I leave here! They go out of their way to make it special for you; as if the horse show itself isn't special enough. The ring is special, the jumps are special, the whole atmosphere is special, and it's a real reward that they give you. Even the ribbons are special. They take you for real if you can win here."