Rabiola, 2006 Devon Breed Show Grand Champion

Soul Sister Andorra ISF

Finishing third in the Grand Championship class was Andorra ISF. This American born NAWPN filly is by Sir Sinclair out of Hivona (by Consul). Iron Spring farm owns and bred this "old soul" mare who kept getting better during the show while others got cranky after their umpteenth performance. Andorra ISF did win the Yearling Fillies class, the Filly Championship, and the USDF Breeder's Championship for Fillies.

The American based Dutch warmblood stallion Sir Sinclair (by Lord Sinclair x Flemmingh) definitely stamps his foals and had several offspring competing at Devon. Iron Spring Farm's Sir Sinclair won the Get of Sire class and Hivona, Andorra's dam, won the Produce of Dam division.

Oldenburg Power in Devon

The Oldenburg stallion Dream Along won the Stallion Championship and the USDF Breeder's Championship for Stallions. Dream Along was presented by his owner Margret Gafford. He is by Dream of Love out of Mornels (by Corleone) and is bred by the famous Dutch KWPN and Oldenburg breeder Henk Spekenbrink, who also bred the recently deceased double World Young Horse Champion Rubels (by Rafurstinels).

Winning the Filly of 2006 class was the bay Oldenburg branded Dior. Bred and owned by Melanie Pai of Canaan Ranch in Texas, Dior bested a field of 24 fillies. She is by Donatus out of Lorelei (by Lanciano). Pai also owns the sire Donatus (by Diamont Hit) and with Bruce Griffin the stallion placed second in the 4- years and Older Stallions (also under saddle) class. Pai not only produces own bred champions, she also has an eye for international stars. Pai bought and imported the Westfalian Grand Prix horse Floriano from Germany and let Steffen Peters train and compete the chestnut for over two years, before he eventually got sold to the Brownings.

More glory for the Oldenburg breed came via Der Dollar, a 3-year old Oldenburg stallion by Don Schufro out of Waldroeschen. Under Tracy Masterson, he won the 3-year Old Colt and Gelding Materiale. Highlife Farm purchased this fantastic colt as a foal at the Vechta Elite Foal Auction two years ago. He is the full brother to Highlife Farm's Der Euro, who won the German Young Horse Championships as a 5-year old under Johannes Westendarp. Joan Sims bought Der Euro at the Vechte Elite Auction for a record amount of 300,000 euro.

Small Time Breeders Get a Day in the Sun Too

Iron Spring Farm and Hilltop Farm, two of the most established breeding operations in the United States, dominated the Devon Breed Show but many small breeders had their day in the sun too, winning individual classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dr. James Bond admits that he has a passion for breeding dressage horses. He makes several trips a year to Europe to shop for horses, but it is his own horse that he bred on his Virginia farm that won at Devon. Bond's Winterthur won the Yearling Colts and Geldings class and placed sixth in the USDF Breeder's Championship for Colts.

Winterthur is a chestnut Hanoverian colt by Worldly out of Lilith (by Lauries Crusador xx). The colt is bred by Mr Bond and wife Heather Stanley of Winter Mill farm in Middleburg, VA. Dam Lilith was recently sold to Hanoverian stallion owner Angela Barilar.

Bond's dedication to dressage runs deep. Besides breeding and buying young prospects, he also insists on developing his horses' sport career. Roter Milan, a Hanoverian gelding who placed third at this year's USDF/Markel National Young Horse Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.

Another stallion making an impression in the Devon show ring was Baron Verdi, a Trakehner by Monteverdi out of Baroness XIII owned by Tim and Cheryl Holekamp. Under James Koford, Baron Verdi won the 4-years and Older Stallions (also under saddle) class.

The 4-years and Older Stallions (in hand only) division was won by the Oldenburg stallion De Luxe. Presented by Bruce Griffin and owned by Tine Beaman, De Luxe is a black Oldenburg stallion by De Niro out of Randora (by Andiamo). He is a former P.S.I. auction horse that was brought to the U.S. by Dr. Cesar Parra and acquired by Tina Beaman. De Luxe will go in training with Lisa Wilcox this winter.

Text by Astrid Appels/Eurodressage
Photos by Mary and JJ Phelps-Hathaway / Phelpsphotos.com

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