“I told him he’s on the best horse in the world!” Kelley Farmer sang out as Scott Stewart was being interviewed for his second year green hunter championship aboard Mythical at the Devon Horse Show.
Farmer developed Mythical into a winner in the first year green and high performance hunter divisions as well as a frequent headliner of USHJA International Hunter Derbies. But during the indoor show season last fall, amateur rider Becky Gochman bought Mythical.
Nancy Hooker watched from the in-gate on her tiptoes as one by one, her competitors in the NAL Adult Jumper Classic at Devon couldn’t quite measure up.
“I knew I was beatable. I left the door open a little bit and there were some real competitors out there tonight,” Hooker said. “It was nerve-wracking to go first in the jump-off; when I was warming up, I just thought to myself, ‘I’m just going to have to make everybody chase me and hope they make a mistake.’”
And they're off! A blur of brightly colored silks. Jockeying for position around the turns. The crowd cheering their heads off. A Triple Crown race? No!
The Dixon Oval played host to some pony competition of a different kind when U.S. Pony Racing brought 15 ponies and riders to the Devon Horse Show for a stop on the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series. The wildly successful exhibition made a splash at the Washington International Horse Show (D.C.) last fall, and now the ponies took the Dixon Oval at Devon by storm.
If you’d been at the Devon showgrounds in the wee hours of the morning on Junior Weekend, you’d have seen both Tori Colvin and Hunter Holloway riding as the sun came up.
Colvin and Holloway dominated the junior hunter divisions at Devon, each winning two. Colvin added the grand junior hunter championship with Way Cool and the Best Child Rider on a Horse title (for the fourth consecutive year). Colvin, 16, and Holloway, 15, are both hard workers and know their way around the barn as well as the ring.
At 1 a.m. on the morning of the pony hunter breeding at Devon, Elizabeth Lubrano was up in the dark, bathing ponies and packing. She hit the road with the truck and trailer before dawn, and spent the morning putting the last touches of polish on three ponies’ coats. When she went to pack up the trailer for the ride home, she had some prizes to put in the trunk—the Best Young Pony title for her charge Orchard Hills Dragonflyy.
If you flip through the pages of the Chronicle 25 years ago, today’s top professional hunter rider Havens Schatt was just 17, and dominating Devon as a junior.
The Chronicle article in the June 16, 1989 issue of the magazine detailed Schatt’s victories, including the grand junior and small junior hunter titles on Smith Watkins’ Elfin Magic and the large junior hunter championship on Jane Clark’s Nobel. She also won sections of the (then AHSA) Medal and ASPCA Maclay classes and earned the Best Child Rider on a Horse title.
After a fall with Breitling LS during the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows (N.Y.) on May 18, Beezie Madden will be undergoing surgery for a broken collar bone.
Both Madden and Breitling LS fell on course at the open water obstacle. They were both quickly back on their feet after the fall and left the arena together after the elimination. Breitling was assessed immediately after the competition and was not injured.
British Ben Maher has released a statement that grand prix show jumper Urico, owned by Jane Clark of the United States, sustained a serious injury while competing in the Longines Grand Prix of La Baule (France) on May 18.
“The British team veterinarian, Bobby McEwen, immediately assessed the situation before making a decision to refer Urico to an extremely well respected veterinary clinic in Nantes,” Maher’s statement read.