Caroline Johnson stood at the in-gate of the Dixon Oval at Devon, towel tucked in her back pocket and heart in her throat as her horse Distance trotted into the ring to show in the first year green division with Joey Barley aboard.
“It was a little surreal. Seeing her on the Jumbotron playing over the ring was cool. I thought to myself, ‘She actually looks like all these other horses that are here! She fits in,’” Johnson said.
It's not hard to fall in love with the gorgeous hunters showing off in the Dixon Oval, and on a day full of five different open hunter divisions, there were lots of stunners who caught the eye (and impressed the judges!). Here are a few...
They might be one of the newest traditions at the Devon Horse Show, but they're also one of the most popular. The children and ponies of U.S. Pony Racing took the Dixon Oval for two races in the WIHS Shetland Pony Championship Races on May 24 and 25 during Devon, madly dashing with fluffy manes a'flying around two circuits of the ring with jumps and then a stretch run down the middle of the ring.
If you’re looking for Kelli Cruciotti after a day of showing at Devon (Pa.), don’t look in the stands. Or at the fudge booth. Or even back at the hotel.
Odds are Cruciotti, 17, will be back at the barn, grooming and wrapping a horse or cleaning tack. She might have help, since she’s got five horses showing at Devon, but Cruciotti makes it a priority to do as much as she can of her horses’ care.
The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are just a little more than a year away, so the top U.S. riders are making sure their stalls are occupied with horses capable of helping the U.S. team win medals.
It started like many threads on the Chronicle discussion forums start—with a link to a set of photos of a scruffy, recently off-the-track Thoroughbred and a request for input on a horse’s conformation and possible suitability for a career in eventing.
The answers varied. Some winced at the horse’s lack of condition. Some liked his build beneath the long hair.
How good are they? They're just that good. They've all won four-stars before and they're in the lead at Rolex Kentucky. Tim Price and Michael Jung are tied for the lead aboard Wesko and La Biosthetique Sam FBW, with William Fox-Pitt on Bay My Hero in a close third.
(Jung's also in fourth on Fischerrocana FST. Because. He's Michael Jung.)
Price set the pace on Friday morning when he rode Wesko to this lovely test...