Devon, Pa. – June 2, 2019 – Concluding another spectacular year at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair was the presentation of the Best Young Horse and Leading Handler Award, both sponsored by Renaissance Farm, in the Dixon Oval. The prestigious award for Best Young Horse was selected from the ribbon winners of the in-hand classes throughout the day. This year, it was Susan Tice-Grossmann’s Rotiyas (Rosenthal-Touch of Class) and handler Richard Taylor who took home the top prize.
Rotiyas was the winner of the 3-Year-Old Other Than Thoroughbred – Stallions and Geldings class, sponsored by Renaissance Farm, earlier in the day and left a lasting impression on the judges to ultimately be named Best Young Horse of the 2019 Devon Horse Show and the recipient of the Kenneth Wheeler Perpetual Trophy, donated by B.J. Meeks.
The Leading Handler Award was presented to the handler who accrued the most points, based on ribbons won, throughout eligible classes during Sunday’s competition. Emily Anne Belin will etch her name on the Michael E. Grady Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by his friends, after handling Caberneigh (Cabardino N-Special), owned by Linda Mancini, to top finishes throughout the day. Caberneigh also finished as reserve Best Young Horse.
Richard Taylor – Best Young Horse winner
“What makes this horse so special is his temperament. He wants to be a show horse. He’s a lovely horse to show. He’s kind and quiet and the Grossmanns do a wonderful job. He looks like he is going to be very good. He’s pretty far along undersaddle so he could be a Young Hunter undersaddle horse at the Sally Wheeler competition and he’ll jump some little jumps this summer and fall. He seems to want to do what you ask him to do relative to his work schedule.”
On the owners of Rotiyas:
“I have been showing horses for several years for the Grossmanns and they have a group of very nice horses made up from a group that are somewhat related to each other. They continue to buy young horses, raise them, show them in-hand and break them. They are wonderful people to have horses for. When you have a group of horses as nice as their group, you’re lucky. Like I always say, they do much of their own work at home on the farm. It makes it a really good group of people to work for. I am extremely lucky to have them as customers and to have access to those kind of horses to show for those kind of people.”
On defending his title at the Devon Horse Show:
“Winning at Devon, to me, should be a lifetime achievement for anyone. If they don’t think that’s the case, they’re missing the boat. This is six in a row [for me] and that’s all I can say. Those six horses have wanted to be show horses.”
Best Young Horse, sponsored by Renaissance Farm:
Place / Handler / Owner
1. Rotiyas / Richard Taylor / Susan Tice-Grossmann
2. Caberneigh / Emily Anne Belin / Linda Mancini
Leading Handler Award, sponsored by Renaissance Farm:
Place / Handler
1. Emily Anne Belin