Performance Division at Dressage at Devon Underway with Large Classes and Big Rewards!

Ashley Holzer and Tiva Nana take the Grand Prix qualifier for Saturday night’s Musical Freestyle (Photo: Stefan Neary)
Ashley Holzer and Tiva Nana take the Grand Prix qualifier for Saturday night’s Musical Freestyle (Photo: Stefan Neary)

The Performance Division took over both rings at Dressage at Devon today. Testing the Waters In the Gold Ring, almost 50 riders rode in the FEI Prix St George. The class was won by Rassing’s Lonoir (Lorani x De Noir), a 17.2, Danish Warmblood gelding. Rider Olivia Lagoy-Weltz said she knew it was going to be big - after all, it is a Pan Am year. But the show was important to both horse and rider. “We were testing the waters,” she said. “I think Dressage at Devon has the most atmosphere of the (dressage) shows in the U.S. and I wanted to see how he dealt with it. He can be hot and sensitive.” How did he do? “He was talkative in his test but he stayed on point,” she said. And took home the blue.

Frasier, Young Performance Horse Champion, is Not for Sale
Frasier, a Westfalen gelding by Furst Piccolo and owned by Kim Gentry of C & K Dressage Horses in Tennessee, claimed the Young Horse Performance Championship. In April, Kim went to Germany to find horses to import, with the intent of selling them in the United States. The first time Kim rode Frasier and felt his gaits, she knew she’d found a top quality horse. So, Frasier along with three other horses found new homes in Tennessee. It did not take long, however, for Kim to decide he was not for sale. As the chestnut with four white socks and a star leans out of his stall to nuzzle up with Kim, the bond between them is apparent.

Kim Gentry and Frasier - Young Performance Horse Champion (Photo: Hoof Print Images)
Kim Gentry and Frasier - Young Performance Horse Champion (Photo: Hoof Print Images)

Within two weeks of Frasier’s arrival in the U.S., Kim took him to a show at St. Louis Association Dressage Summer Festival. “He quickly developed a fan club who followed him around. He just has so much presence,” says Kim. In their short time together the energetic, playful gelding has scored consistently in the mid 70's to low 80's at shows. He appears to have been made for the show ring. “When he goes into the ring, he immediately puffs up, he’s so proud of himself,” Kim adds.

Devon Divas and Floral Themes Top the Hat Contest
It simply wouldn’t be Devon without The Ladies Hat contest, bringing a kaleidoscope of colors and beautiful hats to the Dixon Oval. Three Devon Divas hailing from Hedgesville, West Virginia, secured the Best Hat award. The trio had perched miniature black bowler hats on their blond tresses and enhanced them with flourishes of red and black feathers. Their finishing touches were Venetian
masquerade eye masks and glasses of pink champagne.

Amy Holzapfel, from Devon, captured the Color award and Christina Gresh from Hatfield took home the Best Ensemble award. Both won the judges’ attention with floral themes. Amy adorned her floppy pink hat with roses and peacock feathers. Christina’s hat was ensconced in a bouquet that included Vanda orchids, Hydrangeas and more, matching her purple dress.

The Devon Divas - Winners of the Ladies Hat Day Contest (Photo: Hoof Print Images)
The Devon Divas - Winners of the Ladies Hat Day Contest (Photo: Hoof Print Images)

Qualifiers Friday afternoon featured the FEI Grand Prix Qualifier for the Grand Prix Special. Those in the top 15 will show Sunday afternoon in the FEI Grand Prix Special. The FEI Grand Prix, held on Friday evening, was the qualifier for Saturday
evening’s Musical Freestyle.

The winner of today’s Grand Prix Special Qualifier was Rosevelt (Lore x Rotspon), a bay Hanovarian stallion ridden by Alllison Brock and owned by Kundrum Fritz & Claudin. Tiva Nana, a 14-year-old KWPN and ridden by Ashley Holzer, took the blue in the Grand Prix qualifier for Saturday night’s Musical Freestyle.

About Dressage at Devon
Dressage at Devon, the highest-rated international dressage competition held outside of Europe, combines world-class international dressage competition and one of the world’s few complete sport horse breed shows with the family fun of an International Fall Festival, featuring food and shopping for all tastes.




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