Day Two at Dressage at Devon Offers Déjà Vu and New Records
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Claiming the Reserve Mare Championship was China Doll, a four-year-old gray Oldenburg by Cabaret out of Elena, bred by Heinz Wulf. Photo credit: China Doll by Hoof Print Images
Another name familiar to Dressage at Devon fans is also an Iron Spring horse, the KWPN stallion Sir Sinclair, who broke Dressage at Devon records by becoming the winner of the Get of Sire class for a fourth year in a row.
The top two girls took on the top two boys in the Mature Horse Championship, and the girls ruled, with Rabiola crowned Champion and China Doll Reserve Champion. A beaming Mary Alice Malone, owner of Rabiola, said, "I'm a really lucky lady to have such a beautiful horse. She's gorgeous, a wonderful mover, has a great temperament, AND she makes great babies."
Janine Malone declared the mare quality overall at this year's Dressage at Devon "excellent. Judging the Breeder's Group and the Produce of Dam, I found the quality overall to be very high--modern types with uphill movement." She said the quality of such breeding mares is already apparent. "We're already seeing more US-bred horses who are able to compete at the top of their sport."
The day culminated with the Grand Championship, and a bit of a turnaround, as Rabiola was announced as Reserve Grand Champion with Perfect Qredit taking home the breed show's biggest honor. Champion of Monday's Young Horse division, the chestnut stallion, a Quaterback son and out of Dream Rubina by Dream of Glory, was bred by Yancey Farms. Perfect Qredit is Michelle Coursin's first dressage horse.
The competition continues at Dressage at Devon through the weekend. The Breed Show wraps up with numerous breed classes, and the Performance Show kicks off Thursday with the USEF Dressage Test for Four-Year-Old Horses, introduced to North America at Dressage at Devon in 2005, as well as the FEI Dressage Tests for Five and Six-Year Olds. The Performance Show continues through Sunday highlighted by four Grand Prix classes and numerous other FEI-level classes.
Dressage at Devon takes place on the Devon Horse Show Grounds in Devon, PA, and benefits Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding Inc. Complete results and more information can be found at www.dressageatdevon.org.
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