Devon, PA (April 22, 2011) – It’s a spring ritual. As pink and white blossoms dapple the trees across the Delaware Valley, preparations move into high speed for the annual International Dressage at Devon (DAD) Horse Show (www.dressageatdevon.org), a premier North American equestrian event, hosting top Olympic equestrians, more than 700 horses and 35,000 spectators annually. The show combines world-class dressage competition and the world’s largest open breed show outside of Europe with international Fall Festival shops, crafts, food and fun for the entire family. Dressage at Devon will take place from September 27 – October 2, 2011 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds, located on US Route 30, in Devon, PA.
The life-blood of this event is its hundreds of volunteers. “Our volunteers make the show happen,” says Lori Kaminski, President/CEO. “Each year, they step forward, knowing that the money we raise will go to help Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding Inc., the oldest and largest therapeutic riding program in the nation. We are truly grateful for the overwhelming response.”
New This Year
For the horses and their riders who flock to Devon from around the globe, this year, new footing has been added to the Gold Ring, matching it to the high standards set last year in the Dixon Oval.
St. Louis, MO (December 16, 2010) – Arenus, a premier provider of innovative health and nutritional products for pets and horses, is pleased to announce they will continue to be a Presenting Sponsor of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) during 2011. Arenus was a Presenting Sponsor for the Breeders Championship for the USDF throughout 2010 as well.
“Arenus is pleased to continue as a Presenting Sponsor of the USDF Breeders Championship,” said Simone Pophal, DVM, PhD, Arenus Business Manager. “We have developed a great partnership with the USDF and look forward to a fantastic 2011.“
Throughout 2010, Arenus served as a Presenting Sponsor for the Breeders Championship Series, including a presentation at Dressage at Devon. “We saw some amazing, beautiful and talented horses and it was our pleasure to take part in the 35th Annual Dressage at Devon,” said Melissa Bennington, Arenus Sales Specialist, North East US.
During Dressage at Devon, horses from Mary Alice Malone’s Iron Spring Farm took home several Breeders Championships, including the USDF Foal Championship won by Florence; the USDF Colt Championship won by El Paso ISF; and the USDF Mare Championship won by the famous Iron Spring Farm mare Rabiola, who also won more than 10 championships while at Dressage at Devon.
Devon, PA — Spectators come to Dressage at Devon to see show stopping performances, and Catherine Haddad with her exuberant Winyamaro delivered! The striking chestnut with the flowing flaxen forelock demonstrated powerful passage and floating half-passes to the music of Pink from her Funhouse album. The crowd cheered their approval and the judges rewarded the effort with a 74.250% and the blue ribbon for the second consecutive evening.
“I never had so much fun riding in a horse show,” said a clearly elated Catherine Haddad. “The atmosphere is fantastic.” Haddad compared Dressage at Devon with the World Cup qualifiers in Europe and found the electric environment perfectly suited her 10-year-old gelding’s personality. The flashy Hanoverian seemed to enjoy the crowd and his job. Haddad chose Pink’s music for Winyamaro because, “He’s Pink trapped in a horse’s body! When you turn on music like that, he just dances.”
Devon, PA — The Dressage at Devon performance division kicked off today with a Prix St. Georges class that ran from morning until night before Heather Blitz topped the field of 35 riders. Many of the competitors were thinking ahead to next summer, as Dressage at Devon serves as one of the early qualifiers for the Pan American Games. The international classes continued under the lights with two Grand Prix classes, won by Catherine Haddad and Shawna Harding, along with horse-themed entertainment and the 35th Anniversary party.
Grand Prix for Freestyle
Leading the victory gallop in the Grand Prix for Freestyle was American Catherine Haddad riding Winyamaro. Although Haddad has won many classes in Europe, this was the first time the expatriate has heard her national anthem on U.S. soil in more than a decade. “I’m really, really happy to be home,” she said. “It felt great!”
Devon, PA — The Grand Championship at Dressage at Devon is always a nail biter, but this year’s group of champions really impressed with incredible movement, type and conformation as they competed for this big award. To the thrill of the crowd, two beautiful mares trotted away with the show’s most coveted ribbons during the breed division. Wearing the championship neck sash once again was Iron Spring Farm’s Rabiola, the gorgeous KWPN mare who has won more than ten championships at the show over the years. Finishing with the Reserve Grand Championship was Dazzle, a two-year-old mare by Jazz, who also has quality gaits and charisma.
Rabiola kicked off her day by winning the Four-Year-Old and Older Broodmares class. She then trotted to the Mare and Mature Horse Championships before clinching the title of Grand Champion. The mare, by Metall out of Fabiola by Zadok, is not only frequently a big winner at DAD, she’s also a mom of several Dressage at Devon winners. “She’s the Queen,” said a very happy Mary Alice Malone, owner of Rabiola. “This was really amazing. I’m really lucky to own her.”
Devon, PA — While Dressage at Devon is recognized worldwide for its dressage and sport horse competitions, part of its directive also includes education. This year the show features workshops on hot veterinary topics from six members of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. The program is offered free of charge with a general admission ticket to the show. Snacks and beverages are also provided during the educational programs.
“These workshops are an optimal opportunity for horse owners to learn from some of the country’s top veterinarians,” explains Lori Kaminski, President and CEO of Dressage at Devon. Participants in the workshops are invited to ask questions and make the experience truly interactive. “Most horse owners do not have the opportunity to interact in this type of a setting with this caliber of practitioners.”