Last Minute Plans Change the Course of Events at the Dressage at Devon Grand Championship
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Born in the U.S.A. Breeders Awards were started in 2003 to recognize and reward the achievements of American sport horse breeders. Horses conceived and foaled in the U.S. are eligible for the fourteen different categories. The High Point winner for the Born in the U.S.A. was Sterlicht GGF owned by Rachel Ehrlich, followed by Reserve Champion Duet MF, owned by Maryanna Haymon.
Felix, a 4-year-old Oldenburg ridden by Michael Bragdell won the Materiale Championship after coming second in the USEF Materiale 4 and 5 year old Stallions and Geldings class. Reserve Champion went to De Feiner Star. De Feiner Star by De Laurentis out of Feiner Dance, a flashy 5-year-old chestnut Oldenburg stallion, rose to the top in a couple of classes early in the day. He captured the blue ribbon for the 4-Year Old and Older Stallions Under Saddle and pulled ahead of Felix in the USEF Materiale 4 and 5 Year-Old Stallions and Geldings classes. De Feiner Star was well presented by rider Chris Schruefer who says “De Feiner Star is ‘Mr. Easy Going.’ He’s got personality plus and his rideability is a 10.” He was bred in Delaware by Meg Sherman and is owned by Greg Strait and Melinda Brown from California. They selected him as a weanling after seeing his photograph on the Internet and he now lives at Schruefer’s farm in New Jersey.
“I know she’s really nice, but this was a wonderful surprise. “Although she’s placid and quiet, she loves to move. She’s strictly a broodmare now but she was wonderful to ride.” Later, as the night lights illuminated the Dixon Oval for the Grand Championship, it was clear that another surprise was in store for Swanson. EM Rheporter wowed the judges and claimed the Grand Championship. “I’m so happy,” said Swanson “I’m speechless for the first time in my life.”
Dazzle, a 3-year old KWPN mare from Gretna, VA, who collected multiple ribbons during the Breed Division in 2010 and 2011, brought home the Reserve Champion honor. Tomorrow’s action-packed Breed Division classes include a medley of individual breed classes including Arabians, Appaloosas, Cleveland Bays, Connemaras, Dutch Warmbloods, Danish Warmbloods, Fresians, Georgian Grandes, Haflingers, Hanoverians, Iberians, Lipizzans, Morgans, Spanish Mustangs, Oldenburgs, Rheinland Pfalz-Saars, Trakehners, and Westfalens.
The Performance Division begins at 4 p.m. Thursday with the young horse tests. Dressage at Devon runs through Sunday, October 2. Complete results and more information are available at www.dressageatdevon.org.
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