Devon, PA - July 11, 2011 – The local talent shined today at the Devon Show Grounds as the competed during the Brass Ring Horse Show, the local Hunter Championship included with the Brandywine Valley Summer Series, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Service. Rider from the surrounding area gathered for the opportunity to compete in the Dixon Oval and showcase their mounts.
The first championship went to rider Abigail Recaca with Cover Girl in the Novice Equitation division after they won two blue ribbons. This is the pair’s first time competing at the show grounds and it proved very successful.
“Cover Girl was a good girl,” said Recaca. “We were a little slow to the first jump, but other than that it was really good. I’ve had her for three years and you just need a lot of rein. She’s really fast, she has a lot of engine, but she was great today.”
In the Pre-Children’s Hunter division, Morgan Hart and Statement claimed the championship honors after earning two first place ribbons and a fourth place ribbon. They train with Patty Miller and are currently working towards the goal of competing in the Children’s Hunter division.
“Statement is seven years old and I have ridden her for a couple of years,” explained Hart. “She helps me out and will go from any distance. She really needs to trust her rider, she needs someone that will show her where to go and what to do, but she is great.”
The Children’s Hunters competed next and it was Madison McMahon and Goodfella that led the way and claimed the championship prize. “I was really happy with my rounds today,” she commented. “Goodfella is still a little new to me, I got him for Christmas, and this is only our third show together. It was great to come out with such a high standing. He’s still young and he has really improved a lot. I was really grateful to be able to show at the Devon Show Grounds and for all the work the sponsors put into this event.”
During the two round Children’s Hunter Championship it was Gabrielle Calvert and Davy Crockett who came out on top with scores of 77.5 and 80. The duo were earned the Pre-Children’s Hunter Reserve Championship earlier in the day and proved to be quite the competitive pair. “He was a little tired from this morning, but he was very good,” noted Calvert. “He can be a little quiet, but once you get going he jumps very nicely.”
Sweeping the Low Hunter division today was Rachael Tennyson Gallagher and Western Wishes, winning all three classes. “His owner has been with me since 1988 and we just got Western Wishes from Scott Stewart about two months ago,” she said. “We absolutely love him. He’s soft, long-strided, honest, and perfect. I am just privileged and lucky to be able to ride him.”
Tennyson Gallagher added, “I love this event; it is top class. I think the management team has done a wonderful job.”
Today marked the final day of competition at the Devon Show Grounds for the first annual Brandywine Valley Summer Series, presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services. Local riders enjoyed having the opportunity to compete at the prestigious facility for exciting prizes, and are looking forward to next year.
For more information about the Brandywine Valley Summer Series, please visit http://brandywinevalleysummerseries.com.
(1) Photo Credit: Madison McMahon and Goodfella won the Children’s Hunter Championship during the Brandywine Valley Summer Series Local Day. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.
(2) Photo Credit: Rachael Tennyson Gallagher and Western Wishes swept the Low Hunter division during the Brandywine Valley Summer Series Local Day. Photo By: Rebecca Walton/PMG. Photo may only be used in relation to this PMG press release.