Chilling Out in the Junior Under Saddle
By Devon Walder
On a cold spring night, May 24, Devon day two began the evening with spectators huddled under their jackets for warmth. These past two days have been filled with challenging weather, but Devon fans certainly don’t let that stop them. The riders were showing in full force, dressed elegantly in their hunt jackets and breeches for the large and small junior classes. Following the over fences portion, the under saddle took place as the sun set and the lights bathed the arena in a fluorescent glow.
In the first under saddle, seventeen horses competed for the blue. Bergen Sanderford, number 450, riding Happenstance placed first, with Courtney Butz in second and Katherine Strauss in third. In the second under saddle section, 17 riders again took to the ring with Tayor Willever, number 165, riding Eloquence, took home the blue. Taylor Sutton placed second, and Erin Mcguire went home in third. Section three had a class of 20 and number 641, Victoria Colvin, riding Ovation, went home with the blue after a successful night over fences.Sarah Clifton-Yandell, number 150 placed second and Victoria Colvin, this time number 642, took third. Wrapping up the last section of the under saddle was a class of 14. Reid Patton, number 505, went home first on Lennon. Lillie Keenan, 1082 took home the red and Gabriella Hurtado placed third.
As the under saddle riders trotted out of the ring, spectators prepared themselves for the junior jumpers gambler’s choice. More excitement to follow!
Junior Gambler’s Choice Concludes Night Two
By Devon Walder
Night two of Devon raced to a close with the Junior Jumper Gambler’s Choice. The riders put up a fierce fight for first, battling winds and cold air as they maneuvered their horses through the course. The crowd braved the cold as well, lining the stands and fence seating, eager to watch the young riders compete for the prize.
After an intense night of strong riding,Lillie Keenan,took home first riding Vanhattan. Following up in second with the red was Katherine Strauss on Chellando Z, with Kalvin Dobbs taking third aboard Winde.
After rain yesterday and cold weather today, Devon 2013 competitors and spectators can handle almost anything. Let’s keep hoping for sun and warmer temperatures tomorrow!
Alert: Carriage Pleasure Drive Change, Sunday, May 26
Due to inclement conditions, management has decided to start the Pleasure Drive from the Dixon Oval at the Horse Show grounds. Class judging will commence at 11:30am in the Dixon Oval and the Final judging and awards will take place (as scheduled in the Dixon Oval) beginning at approximately 1:45pm.
Sunday Schooling Update: Hunter/Jumper schooling will end at 11:15 am in the Dixon Oval and 12 noon in the Gold Ring.