Devon Horse Show Day 1 Wrap Up: Slamming Equitation and Rising Talent

Lucy Deslauriers at Devon Photo by Sassy Strides Photography
Lucy Deslauriers at Devon Horse Show. Photo Credit: Sassy Strides Photography

Day one of the 2016 Devon Horse Show is in the books, and the young riders came out swinging.

The action started in the iconic blue oval with the WIHS Equitation Classic Jumper Phase which had an eye-popping 127 young riders vying for a ribbon. The winners of the A, B, and C group were Lucy Deslauriers and Class Action (owned by Lisa Deslauriers), Maya Nayyar and Fox Z (owned by the rider), and McKayla Langmeier and Skyfall (owned by Linda Langmeier).

Lucy and Class Action had the best score of the day with an impressive 94.

Lucy is no stranger to success, having last year won the USEF’s Lionel Guerrant-Hermes Trophy for excellence by a youth in an olympic sport, as well as capturing the “Grand Slam” of young rider jumping by winning individual gold at the NAJYRC, individual and team gold at the USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, and individual gold at the USEF U25 National Championships.

Her barnmate at Beacon Hill Show Stables Maya Nayyar also won her class in the Washington Jumper Phase, which was just the beginning of the barn’s success today.

Lucy and Class Action also won Section B of the USEF Talent Search 3*, and then in quick succession Lucy switched horses and took second on Great Expectations (owned by Lisa Deslauriers) in the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Class, section B. Yet again, it was a contest among barnmates, as the pair were bested only by Beacon Hill buddy Madison Goetzmann and her own Contelido.

The winner of the Medal Class Section A was Daisy Farrish and the elegant Cassio owned by Heritage Farms.

First thing this morning the winners of all sections in the equitation classes will come back to compete in the R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship. The class will be a course of 10 to 14 jumping efforts set to 3’6″, after which the judges have the right to bring up to four riders back to test them on additional work.

You can also stream this class and the rest of the Devon Horse Show on the USEF Network.

Best of luck to all the young competitors, and be sure to visit Jumper Nation frequently for up to date results!