Grand Prix

Carson Kressley rides in the Dixon Oval

Carson Kressley rides in the Dixon Oval

Spectators marvel at the Pony Roadsters

Spectators marvel at the Pony Roadsters

Local Driver Lisa Knox drives her Park Drag in Timed Coaching

Local Driver Lisa Knox and her Park Drag in Timed Coaching

Champion Charro Jerry Diaz

Champion Charro Jerry Diaz

Hillary Dobbs pilots Quincy B to Second Place

Hillary Dobbs pilots Quincy B to Second Place

McLain Ward rides Sapphire to First!

McLain Ward rides Sapphire to First!

McLain Ward & Sapphire

McLain Ward & Sapphire

Ladies’ Day

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Hat Contestants strut around grounds to display their headwear

Hat Contestants strut around grounds to display their headwear

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Winning Hat for Most Creative

Winning Hat for Most Creative

Devon Residents win Most Botanical and Most Glamorous

Devon Residents win Most Botanical and Most Glamorous

Driving, Coaching, & Side Saddle

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Louise Plummer competes; her 60th Year in the Dixon Oval

Louise Plummer competes; her 60th Year in the Dixon Oval

Ladies Side Saddle

Ladies Side Saddle

Side Saddle

Side Saddle

Side Saddle Jumping

Side Saddle Jumping

Side Saddle Tack

Side Saddle Tack

Tina DiLandi makes her Devon Debut; Wins Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal Class

Rider Tina DiLandri of Scottsdale, AZ, made her Devon debut this year, winning her section of the Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal class.  Aboard Heritage Farm, Inc’s Cadeau she also placed 3rd in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class and 4th in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

How did you prepare for Devon this year?
Preparing for Devon this year was a little more difficult. I actually commute from Scottsdale, AZ to New York to ride. Two weeks before Devon I was able to commute to Heritage Farm for some lessons.

What was on your mind while competing in the Dixon Oval? And immediately after leaving the ring?
This was my first year at Devon so competing in the Dixon Oval was exciting. When I was on course I was only thinking about riding the course, but as I was exiting, I realized how lucky I am to be here. Attending the Devon Horse Show has always been a dream of mine.

Did you watch your competition ride?
Yes, I always watch my competition ride. You can learn from everyone, whether it is a junior or professional.

How did you celebrate your success this past weekend?
This past weekend was only the beginning for me; I cannot get too excited!

What’s the biggest challenge of riding at large, prestigious show like Devon?
The biggest challenge of riding for me is keeping my focus on just riding the course. I always think to “keep it simple.” These big shows force you to over analyze certain things and sometimes you psyche yourself out. The biggest thing is just to ride.
DiLandri will be back as a spectator and rider next year.

Pony Hunt Teams

Small Pony Team Munchkinland

Small Pony Team Munchkinland

Team Munchkinland

Team Munchkinland

Vampires!

Vampires!

Team Nascar

Team Nascar

KISS

Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll

Vampire Capes

Vampire Capes

Small Ponies after awards!

Small Ponies after awards!

Medium Ponies Devon Circus

Medium Ponies Devon Circus

Three Little Indians in unison over the last fence

Three Little Indians in unison over the last fence

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

The Village People rocked the ring in elaborate costumes

The Village People rocked the ring in elaborate costumes

Diana Ross & The Supremes wear lipstick ( and so do their ponies!)

Diana Ross & The Supremes wear lipstick ( and so do their ponies!)

Diana Ross & The Supremes

Diana Ross & The Supremes

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Greased Lightning

Greased Lightning

On Grounds

Jr Jumper Schooling in the Gold Ring
Jr Jumper Schooling in the Gold Ring
Dixon Oval at Sunset
Dixon Oval at Sunset
B101 Bee with Devon Devotees Kelsey Kerr and Andy Huber
B101 Bee with Devon Devotees Kelsey Kerr and Andy Huber

Interview with Christy DiStefano, Winner of the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship

Rider Christy DiStefano captained Rodin (Roy) through several successful rounds this past weekend, placing 2nd in their section of the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class, 2nd in their section of the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search, and 1st in her WIHS Equitation Section.  Her hard work was rewarded with the Devon Horse Show’s Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship.  Here we uncover how DiStefano prepared for the competition and what makes Devon such a special experience in the Equestrian world.

How did you and Rodin prepare for Devon?
Throughout the entire year, my trainers challenge us with many different types of courses in fields and indoor and outdoor rings. Being exposed to all types of situations helps all of us at Beacon Hill to be prepared for the show ring. To prepare for Devon, Stacia Madden set a technical course with lots of bending lines on the Tuesday before the show. All the students were to have lessons after school, however, Rodin (Roy) did not feel 100% and we thought it would be best if he did not have to jump. Stacia was kind enough to lend me one of her horses to lesson on. Later in the day, our farrier Arnie Gervasio and Dr. Mitchell rushed to Beacon Hill to tend to Roy’s soreness as we waited anxiously until the next morning to get the okay for him to show. Luckily, they discovered it was just a small shoe issue and Roy was good to go!

Are you superstitious? Do you have any pre-show rituals for good luck?
I don’t consider myself superstitious but I do like to carry a USET pin in the right pocket of my riding coat. All the riders from Beacon Hill wore the pin on their jackets at the USET Talent Search finals in 2008 and since then, the pin has not come off my jacket!

Favorite Devon Tradition (a certain food you always eat, class you always watch)?
My friends and I love the tea sandwiches at Devon. We always make time to eat a few for lunch every day. This year, I was convinced to stay for the Junior Jumper Classic and Hunt Team class on Saturday evening and that will definitely become a new tradition for me at Devon.

What makes your victory at Devon special?
My victory at Devon was extremely special to me. I have always wanted to win a class there and to win the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship is a true honor. This is my last junior year so it was extra special for me to be honored with this award and it was a great end to my last junior weekend at Devon.

What was your first memory of riding?
My first riding memory is of me being led around a ring on a pony named Mush-Mush and being too scared to be let go on my own!

Your first pony or horse?
My first pony was named Mickey Mouse. My parents bought him for me when I was seven years old. I rode him at the local barn from which we bought him. He helped me move up from leadline to the Children’s Hunter Ponies. My mom and I used to joke that he thought he was a stallion, he had a little bit of an attitude!

What is your daily riding routine (schedule)?
Aside from Mondays, I ride every day. My school has been very supportive of my riding and they let me take seven classes in a row and not have a lunch or a study hall so I can leave at 1:15 and be at Beacon Hill by 2:45. On the weekend, I usually start riding at 9 and get home around 3. I flat my two horses and usually up to three others with flat and jumping lessons once or twice a week.

Do you have any tips for riders aspiring to win at Devon?
At Devon, nerves can easily overcome a person. The Dixon Oval is intimidating and my first year there, I let the pressure and nerves get to me. However, I find that if I let my nerves overtake me for just a minute, and then I take several deep breaths before entering the ring, I make myself focus and mentally prepare for the course. Trainers and friends are also necessary to have as a support system. All the trainers at Beacon Hill, Stacia Madden, Max Amaya, Krista Freundlich, and Heather Senia, are wonderful in helping me to prepare for the show ring mentally and physically.

Christy DiStefano aboard Rodin

Christy DiStefano aboard Rodin

Christy DiStefano



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