Devon, Pa. – Sept. 19, 2021 – The final day of the Devon Fall Classic kicked off early Sunday morning, this time featuring the final championship rounds of the show’s various jumper divisions in the famous Dixon Oval. The $5,000 Low Junior and Low Amateur Jumper Championship classes rounded out the day of festivities, with Eva Froio and Emily Dougherty taking home the top honors in their respective divisions.
Froio took to the ring first in the $5,000 Low Junior Jumper Championship with Swanview Sarco Deluxe, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Kali Jerman. The duo was first to clear the track, posting a time of 70.391 seconds and setting the pace for the rest of the competitors. The second and final rider to go clear was Kacy Smith and Chopper 5, a 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Z41 LLC, securing her place alongside Froio in the jump-off. Froio returned to the ring first with Swanview Sarco Deluxe, putting in a speedy and clear round to trip the timers in just 37.894 seconds. Smith flew through the course next, managing to keep pace with Froio’s time but ultimately knocked two unfortunate rails. The duo settled into a second place finish and left Froio to win the $5,000 Low Junior Jumper Championship. Olivia Brown aboard Alania rounded out the top three with an 8-fault finish in the first round completed in 69.387 seconds.
The $5000 Low Amateur Jumper Championship closed out the Devon Fall Classic Sunday afternoon in the Dixon Oval. A total of 17 horse-and-rider combinations took to Eric Hasbrouk’s 15-effort course made up of a double combination, a triple combination and multiple tricky rollbacks. Setting the pace for the group was Katie Dawson aboard her own Favorite STE Hermelle, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. The pair was able to produce a clear round and secure their ticket into the jump-off. Five other pairs secured their spot in the jump-off round, including Saly Glassman and Vemac JJS Z, Morgan Baugher and Gladius Eickenrode, and Emily Dougherty aboard SLF Peanut.
Dawson and Favorite STE Hermelle were first back in the ring to tackle the shortened track, going clear in their second round. The pair was quick, but promptly outpaced by Glassman and Vemac JJS Z, an 8-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Kindle Hill Affiliates, who raced around the ring shortly after and pushed Dawson into the third place spot. Glassman and Vemac JJS Z did their best to remain at the top of the leaderboard with their clear 33.262-second round, but Emily Dougherty and SLF Peanut entered the ring last and produced an unbeatable, faultless time. Finishing in just 31.128 seconds, two seconds quicker than Glassman, Dougherty and SLF Peanut took home the winning ribbon in the $5000 Low Amateur Jumper Championship.
The $1,500 Low Adult Amateur Jumper Championship kicked off the day in the Dixon Oval, with Jennifer Platt and her own Diago, a 19-year-old KWPN gelding, taking home the winning ribbon in the large class with a faultless round completed in 31.581 seconds. The competitive $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Championship saw a fierce battle until the end, but ultimately it was Ella Quigley aboard Sl Sanhaço, an 18-year-old Warmblood gelding owned by Carolina Simas Rodrigues, who emerged victorious with the 2021 title, riding well to complete their final round in just 32.917 seconds.
The $3,000 High Adult Amateur Jumper Championship was next in the order, with Stefani Green and her own Wender R, a Dutch Warmblood gelding, taking home the win with a faultless round of 31.69 seconds. Taking home the red ribbon in the class was Leslie Schillat and Kiane, a 6-year-old KWPN mare owned by Three Pugs Farm LLC. The pair produced a clear round with a time of 32.666 seconds, securing their spot in second place.
In the $3,000 High Children’s Jumper Championship that followed, Juliet Matinho and Miss Lucy HH, a 12-year-old SCSL mare owned by The Sporty Game, LLC, were able to lay down two clear rounds with a time of 31.475 seconds in the jump-off. No other competitors were able to catch up with Matinho’s speed and adjustability, landing them the first place finish in the division.
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FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Eva Froio – Low Jr Champion
On Swanview Sarco Deluxe:
“I really love him. He’s always been really good to me. When out in the ring he gives me a really good feeling and I know that we’ll accomplish a lot together. He belongs to my trainer, Kali Jerman, who got him just a couple months ago.”
On her ride:
“I was a little nervous before going into my ride. I tried to use my nerves to help me get through it. During my round I kept on thinking ‘You got this’ and it turned out to work in my favor.”
On showing at the Devon Fall Classic:
“The last time I was here was a couple of years ago with my pony. I’ve just really always loved this show and all it has to offer.”
On future plans:
“I have Princeton coming up and a couple more fall shows and I’ll probably head down to Florida later in the year.”
Emily Dougherty – Low AO Champions Winner
On SLF Peanut:
“He is one of Laura [Chapot’s] horses. I’d say our partnership is not just the two of us, but Laura is equally part of it. I started riding him two or three years ago and he is very different from my horse, but Laura has helped us so much figuring out how to ride him. Now I go in there, even if she’s not with me, and I know we can do it. Going to the last [show] we practiced really tricky stuff in her indoor all the time, so when I saw the course I knew we’d be pulling from all the lessons we had and we know how to do it.”
On her strategy riding SLF Peanut:
“He’s incredibly quick, and it took me a while to not be scared of going on him because it feels kind of intense. What we work on all the time is smoothness. He has a huge step but he can add [strides] quite easily and even if you end up with the add, if you stay smooth and consistent, he’s just really great.”
On her future plans:
“I’ll just keep learning on him. The winning is really, really fun, but the journey has always been the most important part. This is incredible and I’ll always remember this, but I remember more the struggle and figuring out how to ride him. I look back to my initial lessons on him and the fact that we’ve both learned so much since then, I never thought I could jump him. He’s always been very capable. That’s the coolest part, we’ll just keep learning from Laura.”
$5,000 Low Junior Jumper Champions
Place / Horse / Rider / R 1 Faults | R1 Time
1. Swanview Sarco Deluxe / Eva Froio / 0 / 70.391 | 0 / 37.894
2. Chopper 5 / Kacy Smith / 0 / 71.912 | 8 / 41.001
3. Alania / Olivia Brown / 0 / 8 / 69.387
4. Golden Child / Alexandra Welsch / 8 / 70.578
5. Brixton / Olivia Brown / Elim
$5,000 Low Amateur Jumper Champions
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Faults / R1 Time / R2 Faults | R2 Time
1. SLF Peanut / Emily Dougherty / 0 / 66.313 / 0 | 31.128
2. Vemac JJS Z / Saly Glassman / 0 / 72.251 / 0 | 33.262
3. Favorite Ste Hermelle / Katie Dawson / 0 / 69.637 / 0 | 34.069
4. Gladius Eickenrode / Morgan Baugher / 0 / 71.811 / 0 | 35.067
5. Indigo ES / Jaime Auletto / 0 / 72.264 / 4 | 33.167
6. Charmeur Ask / Melissa Strawser / 0 / 72.336 / 4 / 43.718
7. Valentin 117 / Margot Peroni / 1 | 75.728
8. Arnacquine Du Mesnil / Melissa Strawser / 4 | 67.359
9. VDL Ircolande-E / David Eakin / 4 | 69.129
10. Sena Blue / Devon Raynor / 4 | 69.512
11. Corozana / Sarah Wood / 4 | 70.224
12. Callihall / Lilly Wilson / 4 | 71.082