Devon, Pa.  – Sept. 28, 2022 – With several young horse champions still to be crowned at the iconic Dressage at Devon 2022 Breed Show, classes were well-underway early Wednesday morning with the Foal classes opening at 8:00 a.m. Seeing an incredible amount of talent enter both the Dixon Oval and Wheeler Ring, the renowned Breed Show continued by awarding winners of the Foal Championship, the Colt/Gelding Championship, the Filly Championship, and the overall Young Horse Championship, which went to Rhythm ISF, a one-year-old Dutch Warmblood yearling out of Iron Spring Farm, handled by Quinnten Alston.

Rhythm ISF
Rhythm ISF and Quinnten Alston

In the Wheeler Ring’s first awards ceremony of the day, the Foal Championship went to Fahrenheit Hilltop, a chestnut Hanoverian colt, and Michael Bragdell of Hilltop Farm Inc. The pair was presented with The Sally Martin Memorial Perpetual Trophy along with their new champion ribbon. Following suit with the reserve champion was Iron Callista TR, a black Hanoverian filly owned by Robin Birk and Timber Ridge E, with Robin Birk. Third place went to Southern Belle MP, a bay KWPN filly, with Melanie Harper. 

Over in the Dixon Oval, the Colt/Gelding Championship, presented by Lilo Collections, went to Brittany Stanley’s D’Obrigado GGF, a 3-year-old Hanoverian gelding. Stanley’s D’Obrigado was presented with The My Dave Perpetual Memorial Trophy. Danielle Sintoni’s Poseidon, a 2-year-old KWPN, was the reserve champion, while her own R Grand Totil, a yearling KWPN, finished in third place. Next in the Filly Championship, presented by Equestrian Specialties, Frida Kahlo QC, a one-year-old Hanoverian filly, took the top spot and The Leslie Ducharme Memorial Perpetual Trophy with Quinnten Alston. Alston also claimed the reserve championship with Rhythm ISF, a one-year-old Dutch Warmblood filly. Reprise MP, a one-year-old KWPN filly, finished in third place with Katie Cook.

Frida Kahlo QC
Frida Kahlo QC and Quinnten Alston

Fherrari, an Oldenburg mare owned by Maurine Swanson, was named the victor of the Four Year Old Prospect Championship, presented by Fichtbauer Saddler, and was awarded The E. Townsend Moore Memorial Trophy with Jocelyn Kraenzle. Lauren Chumley’s Notorious H20, a Dutch Warmblood gelding, went home with the reserve championship. 

Finally, the champion and reserve champion from both the Filly and Colt/Gelding Championship divisions returned to vie for the Young Horse Champion title, presented by Dressage Collections. Hoping to add their names to The Simply Charlotte Perpetual Trophy, the combinations made one last impression on the judges in the Dixon Oval before the new champion, Rhythm ISF, a one-year-old Dutch Warmblood out of Iron Springs Farm, was announced. The talented youngster will return with Quinnten Alston tomorrow for the USDF Breeding Championship Filly Final.  Alston’s Frida Kahlo QC took home the reserve championship honors.

Rhythm ISF
Rhythm ISF – Young Horse Champion

Competition at Dressage at Devon will continue Thursday, Sept. 29, with the USDFBC 3-Year-Old Materiale Championship at 8:00 a.m.

FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE

Andrea Bomkamp – Barn Manager, Iron Spring Farm

On Rhythm ISF:
“She won the champion filly class last year as a foal, and also won the KWPN class yesterday. We bred her here at the farm in Pennsylvania, raised her, all that – she has a wonderful temperament, she’s very easy to do things with. We’re very excited for her future potential, of course with other breeding shows, plus our program over the years has produced a number of really nice performance horses across all sports. She’s a fabulous girl, we all enjoy her.”

On what’s next for Rhythm ISF:
“She qualified for the USDF Breeders Championship classes tomorrow, so she’ll stick around for that. She’ll grow up at the farm over the next few years, and get started under saddle as a three-year-old, then we’ll see what happens.”

On the importance of Dressage at Devon’s young horse classes:
“Devon is definitely its own kind of show, and because of that, the show is able to expose these young animals to a lot of different things. Even if it’s the first time they come and it isn’t a great experience, they do remember that and so next time, it won’t be so bad for them. So it helps set them up for their futures, being under saddle for their new riders, whether that’s in a professional program or with an amateur owner / rider.”

RESULTS

Foal Championship

Horse / Handler / Owner
1. Fahrenheit Hilltop / Michael Bragdell / Michael Bragdell
2. Iron Callista TR / Robin Birk / Robin Birk & Timber Ridge E
3. Southern Belle MP / Melanie Harper / Melanie Harper

Colt/ Gelding Championship, presented by Lilo Leather Goods of Spain

Horse / Handler / Owner
1. D’Obrigado GGF / Brittany Stanley / Cary Dyer
2. Poseidon / Danielle Sintoni / Susan Hagaman
3. R. Grand Totil / Danielle Sintoni / Susan Hagaman

Filly Championship, presented by Equestrian Specialties

Horse / Handler / Owner
1. Frida Kahlo QC / Quinnten Alston / Jonathan Clarke
2. Rhythm ISF / Quinnten Alston / Iron Springs Farm Inc.
3. Reprise MP / Katie Cook / Katie Cook

Four Year Old Prospect Championship

Horse /Handler / Owner
1. Fherrari / Jocelyn Kraenzle / Maurine Swanson
2. Notorious H2O / Lauren Chumley / Lauren Chumley
3. Fiorella CF / Noel Williams / Nancy Holowesko

Young Horse Championship, presented by Dressage Collections

Horse / Handler / Owner
1. Rhythm ISF / Quinnten Alston / Iron Springs Farm Inc.
2. Frida Kahlo QC / Quinnten Alston / Jonathan Clarke

 

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