Dressage at Devon Breed Division Wraps Up as Performance Classes Begin on Day 3
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wilson and her husband have bred Cleveland Bays for 12 years. “My husband had a mare that was half Cleveland Bay and he fell in love with them – he made it his personal passion. And passion is important with this breed. Today it is estimated that there are only about 250 breedable pureblood Cleveland Bay mares in the world.
Another crowd-pleaser is the Haflinger - a relatively small horse, always a flaxen chestnut in color with distinctive gaits. The breed traces its ancestry to the Middle Ages and there are several theories for the breed's origin. But today, Chelsea Deephouse, Assistant Trainer at Dreamfield Manor Farm in Coopersburg, PA, just knows that she loves the breed. “They’re smart and kind,” she said, pointing out that she has evented and done hunter classes as well as dressage – and done well with her horses.
Aesthete, by Trento B out of Unusual, took home two blues tonight. The first was the FEI Young Horse Test for 6-Year-Olds, where he scored an impressive 87.200. The second win was in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1 Open. Ridden in both classes by Silva Martin, she also rode Duvent, by De Niro out of Heidekind by Rubinstein in the USEF Fourth Level Test 1.
From Martin’s September 11 blog, “I am very much looking forward to showing Duvent at Devon. Duvent has come such a long way in a very short amount of time. He is a very attractive and very talented horse but he gets worried at times. I have been working very hard to understand him and he has been trying very hard to work with me. I really think we are having a breakthrough and he is getting more and more confident.” Her efforts paid off today.
Complete results are available at www.dressageatdevon.org. As the performance division gets into full swing, all day performance classes begin Friday, September 30. Dressage at Devon runs through Sunday, October 2.
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