The first weekend of the Devon Horse Show kicked off with the juniors at the beautiful Dixon Oval in Devon, Pa. Tori Colvin captured several tricolors, including the small junior hunter, 15 and under, championship with Canadian Blue and reserve with Ovation. In the large junior hunters, she took home the championship with Way Cool and reserve with Inclusive. “I think my horses like this ring,” said Colvin. “[Canadian Blue] is green, so I wasn’t sure how he would be.”
Colvin showed her versatility by also capturing the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame junior jumper championship on Don Juan. For her efforts, Colvin was awarded the Best Child Rider for the third straight year.
Liliie Keenan saw similar success in the small junior hunter, 16-17 division, winning the championship with Parkland and the reserve championship with Chromeo. In the large junior, 16-17, division, she won the championship title with Walk The Line, thus securing the grand junior hunter title. Meghan Blackburn was at Devon to cover all of the action. For more results, visit the Devon Horse Show's website.
HITS-On-The-Hudson kicked off their first week of showing in Saugerties, N.Y. Christine McCrea topped both the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and the $50,000 EMO Grand Prix with Avenir. McCrea has had the ride on the 12-year-old Belgian-bred gelding for three years. “He is such a fighter,” she said. “He knows that the game is to go fast and clear, so as long as I ride him well he is always right there for me. He is in it to win it.” See more results from HITS here.
Overseas, U.S. eventers had mixed results at the Saumur CCI*** (France). Will Faudree and Andromaque were the top U.S. finishers, adding two rails to their dressage score to finish in fifth place.
“She’s a superstar,” said Faudree of Jennifer Mosing’s Andromaque. “She tried really hard yesterday. She jumped really well today. It was a very tough track. I was trying to relax her and take a breath, and I just came a bit quiet into the vertical, and she had it down. A lot of the horses were having trouble covering the distance down that last line, and she didn’t have any trouble at all. I just got a little too close to the oxer on the way in, and she just ticked it behind.
“She’s naturally a very careful horse, so I’m not too concerned about it in the future,” he continued. “I just need to apply what I learned this weekend going forward. We’ll go home and get ready for the autumn season and see what that brings us.”
Marilyn Little and RF Smoke On The Water also dropped two rails to end their weekend in eighth place, while Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot incurred a run-out early on the cross-country course, dropping them out of contention. They also dropped two rails to finish in 26th place.
Buck Davidson and The Apprentice were unfortunately eliminated on cross-country for failing to jump inside the flags on a corner fence.
Watch Will Faudree and Andromaque's cross-country round.
In the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Virginia Horse Trials crowned two CCI* champions. Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border topped the CCI*, while Chase Shipka and Victory Sheetan won the junior CCI* division. Shipka also finished in eighth place with Ever So Lucky and ninth place with Palm Crescent. Phillip Dutton won the CIC** aboard Fernhill Fugitive. See complete results here.
Other events included Flora Lea Spring Horse Trials (N.J.) (see results), Paradise Farm Horse Trials (S.C.) (see results), Corona Del Sol Spring Horse Trials (Texas) (see results), The Spring Event at Woodside (Calif.) (see results) and May Daze at The Park (Ky.) (see results).
Dressage riders were out and about at the Kentucky Dressage Association's 27th Annual Dressage show held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Michael Barisone topped two divisions of Grand Prix with HF Victor, while Jami Kment and Zania topped two Intermediare I classes. See complete results here.