October 1, 2021
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Dressage at Devon
September 28-October 3, 2021

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Dressage at Devon Hosts its First
FEI Short Grand Prix (CCIW)

For the first time, Dressage at Devon offered the FEI Short Grand Prix to
competitors for the Grand Prix Freestyle that will be held on Saturday night. (Michael Bragdell on Qredit pictured above) Although the test is not as long as the FEI Grand Prix test, the FEI Dressage Technical Committee claims it is as difficult. Many riders and judges agree with this assessment. Some think that because the movements are packed into a shorter timeframe, the test may be more challenging for those who are less experienced. The FEI, however, believes the shorter version makes dressage more entertaining and has the potential to achieve more television coverage. 

And the winners are:

The 502 FEI CDI3* Grand Prix (Qualifier for the Grand Prix Special was won by Diane Creech, on Chrevis Christo 562 (Chrevi's la VI/ Chrevi's Cavallo, by Matador). with a score of 68.761. Chrevis Christo 562 is a DWB owned by Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale, and bred by Vivian & Chresten Kristensen from Gedsted, Denmark.

The FEI Short Grand Prix* (CDIW) Qualifier for the Grand Prix Freestyle was won by Qredit Hilltop (pictured above) (Quarterback/Dream Ruvina by Dream of Glory) with a score of 67.132. Qredit was ridden by Michael Bragdell, bred by Judy Yancey, and is owned by Hilltop Farm.

Additional results can be found at www.dressageatdevon.org.

Ladies and Gents Don an Eclectic
Variety of Award-Winning Hats

This year, on the traditional Ladies Hat Day, competitors showed off an eclectic mix of fashions. The Best of Devon prize went to Martha Dodd, who had traveled from Fort Meyers, Florida, to Dressage at Devon. Atop her hat was a black horse sculpted out of clay and surrounded by fairy lights.

A group of women from Cleveland took home the Roaring Twenties prize. Each was draped in pearls and wore feathered hats and long gloves. The Fascinating Fascinator award went to Veronica Mckee for her orange and orange autumn-themed hat. The winners of the Fall Theme included Daria Williams and Carol Burrows. Williams’s hat was adorned with a fox, owl and feathers; Burrows had decorated her fashion accessory with a feathery boa, a potpourri of flowers and fairy lights. Last but not least was a brave man, Randy Burrows, who donned a hat to win the Best Dressed Gentleman prize.

Gymnastics on Horseback

"I've also jumped a little bit, but I find it terrifying I am way more comfortable doing a back flip off a horse than riding over a pole." Geoffrey Woolson (Sidelines Magazine, June 2021)

Vaulting enjoys an ancient heritage and can probably be described as one of the oldest known forms of equestrian sport. Often described as gymnastics performed on horseback, vaulting's origins can be traced back to Roman games which included acrobatic displays performed on cantering horses.

The Silver Moon Vaulters will be back Saturday and Sunday for additional performances.

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