Dressage at Devon Born in the USA Awards Recognize World-Class Talent
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
In 2003 the Dressage at Devon Committee developed the Born in the USA Breeders' Awards to recognize and reward the achievements of American breeders. More than $25,000 in prize money has been awarded since the program's inception.
"We are very proud of the Born in the USA Breeders' Awards," says Lori Kaminski, President and CEO of Dressage at Devon. "American breeders have always supported Dressage at Devon and have made our breed show one of the largest in the world. These breeders are producing world-class horses and we wanted to showcase their accomplishments." orses of any breed that were conceived and born in the United States are eligible to receive a Born in the USA Breeders' Award. The highest scoring horse from the open classes is the overall winner, and prize money and special awards are distributed in 14 categories. Complete rules can be found on the horse show website.
The high score Born in the USA Breeders' Award winner in 2008 was Showgirl, bred by Maurine Swanson and owned by Marianne Butterworth. The mare, by Scimitar out of Acapella by Arrian, also won the three-year-old filly award.
The Born in the USA Breeders' Award winners are progressing from sport horse breeding classes to performance careers. One high profile Born in the USA Breeder's Award winner is Hilltop Farm's Cabana Boy, bred by Doug and Sharon Langer and shown by Christopher Hickey. The seven-year-old gelding, by Contucci out of Britannia (Bordeaux/Weltmeyer), claimed the two-year-old colt/gelding award in 2004 before continuing on to an impressive dressage career that has included two Markel/USEF National Young Horse Dressage Championships in 2007 and 2008. Cabana Boy continues to move up the levels and qualified for the 2009 U.S. National Dressage Championships at Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I.
The breed show classes take place the first three days of Dressage at Devon, September 22-27, 2009 with the Born in the USA Breeders' Awards being distributed on Wednesday evening. Knowledgeable horsemen and women from North America and Europe attend the event to watch entries from coast to coast and Canada. Kaminski explains, "There isn't another show like Dressage at Devon outside of Europe. This is the ideal place to see horses from many bloodlines in action."
Judges for the 2009 edition of the breed show include Jayne Ayers, Cara Witham, Janine Malone and Christhof Umbach. The prizelist for Dressage at Devon, including the breed show, is available online at www.dressageatdevon.org. The closing date for entries is August 14. Tickets for the breed show are $8 and may be purchased online. Children under 12 are free. For more information on tickets contact: Connie Scholz, 484.358.5510.
About Dressage at Devon
Dressage at Devon is a 501 (c) 3 PA non-profit organization. Founded by the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association in 1975, Dressage at Devon became a separate organization in 2006. The six-day event attracts more than 700 horses and 35,000 spectators each year. Dressage at Devon benefits Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding Inc., the oldest and largest therapeutic riding program in the nation.
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