Devon, Pa. – Sept. 12, 2019 – Thursday at the 2019 Devon Fall Classic saw the young jumpers competing in the 6-Year-Old Jumpers and 7-Year-Old Jumpers divisions. Taking to the ring first, it was Taryn Nolte and New Normandy Farm’s Domino Normandy who captured the win in the 6-Year-Old division. Following, Pablo Mejia and his own Don’t Worry VH Scheefkasteel Z produced a clean and clear round to take the top placing in the 7-Year-Old’s.
First up for the young horse jumpers were the 6-Year-Old Jumpers, where they were asked to try their hand over 12 obstacles. Designed by Steve Stephens, athletes and their young horses navigated a course involving a number of rollbacks, bending lines, and two combinations. Nolte and Domino Normandy, a flashy grey Selle Francais mare, were second to last in the order of go. Expertly navigating the technical course, which caused her competitors to fall victim to various rails, the pair opted for a swift time that would put them in the leading position.
A homebred out of New Normandy Farm, the mare has worked up through the ranks of the young jumper divisions across the country. Earlier in the year, the pair captured a win in the 6-Year-Old class at the 2019 Devon Horse Show and County Fair, fulfilling Nolte’s lifelong dream of winning a Devon Blue. Finishing in second place was David Matisz and David Matisz LLC’s Nadav, while third was claimed by Laura Chapot and Calmanda 3.
Competing over the same pattern of obstacles at an adjusted height, the 7-Year-Old Jumpers tried their hand at the course. Mejia and the Zangersheide mare were first in the order of go and were the only pair to go double clear, putting them ahead of their fellow competitors for the entirety of the class. Recently, the duo experienced a successful campaign at the Princeton Classic Finale in Skillman, New Jersey, placing first and second in the 7-Year-Old Jumper classes. Second place was captured by Grace Long and Andrew Kocher’s Happiness VD Hazel Hof and rounding out the third position was David Matisz and his own M. Holliday.
Jumper action at the 2019 Devon Fall Classic will continue for three more days, concluding Sunday, Sept. 15. With a wide range of classes available, from young jumpers to the highlight event of the weekend, the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix on Saturday evening, there is something for every competitor. Competition with resume in the Dixon Oval on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 8:00 a.m., with the evening session for the day beginning at 7:00 p.m.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Taryn Nolte – Six-Year-Old Jumpers winner
About Domino Normandy:
“She is super competitive, likes to go in there and win every single time and unless I mess up she pretty much is the winner. She is super careful, yet super brave. She is just super competitive and she loves to win. Domino Normandy knows her job and is ready to compete as soon as you enter the arena. She is all business!”
On the course:
“The last show she showed at was in July and it was her first 1.30m – that was big! So, going in here today I felt like we could actually take a deep breath. That is also why I did the class this morning, to get her in and confident. Our whole belief with the young horses is to make sure they are confident, that is the most important thing. I know that she is fast so I didn’t go out there trying to be the best four-fault rider, she is just the best.”
On being at the Devon Fall Classic:
“I love it here. I grew up here so I have been coming here since I was a little girl. Domino Normandy actually won me my first Devon blue in the 6-year-old division at Devon this spring so it was very special. I did leadline here when I was three and it has always been a dream to win a Devon blue. This horse has made a lot of dreams come true for me.”
About New Normandy Farm:
“New Normandy breeds a lot of nice horses with good brains. They are very competitive and try hard.”
Stephanie de Crevecoeur – owner of Domino Normandy
About Domino Normandy:
“Domino Normand is homebred from New Normandy Farm. She is a 6-year-old mare by Kannan. She did the 5-year-old division last year and has successfully been competing in the 6-year-olds this year. She is the perfect showjumping horse. She won the meter this morning and there was no jump-off because it was just speed, which made her frustrated – she wanted a jump-off! We are very proud of her because she is part of our breeding program and she is the first crop of the 6-year-olds, we have a few. It is a dream come true to watch her win a Devon blue. We breed Selle Francais and we are based locally so this is a home show for us.”
About New Normandy Farm:
“We breed horses for the professional but they are all easy enough for an amateur. We breed horses who are your friend in the barn and a warrior in the ring. It is very hard to breed good amateur horses but we are really emphasizing the brain of the stallion we are using and this is the result.”