Jessica Jo Tate on Faberge won DAD Freestyle, Tom Dvorak rode Cyrus to win the FEI Prix St. George at Dressage at Devon
October 3, 2018
By Staff Writers
DEVON, Pa.--Jessica Jo Tate rode Faberge to win the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon at the Devon showgrounds on Sept. 29.
Jessica Jo Tate celebrates (Photo by Alix Coleman)Jessica Jo Tate on Faberge (FloristanI/Baroness), earned an impressive score of 73.650, riding to what she called “a mixture of pop and classical.
“It was a really good time, and the weather was great," said Tate. "It is such a famous ring. Every rider understands the magic of the Dixon Oval. It is so much like Europe. The crowd was wonderful, truly behind the rider. It is an honor to ride in the Dixon.”
“He is a horse with a heart of gold," said Tate of Faberge. "Actually, he is all gold!”
Coming in second was Nicole Harrington of Batavia, Ohio on Wizard of Oz (Weltmeyer/Vadella).
Harrington bought him as a Prix St Georges horse, as a project with the intent to resell.
But horses sometimes have a way of finding their way into the hearts of riders.
This is the first time she has done the CDI saying “It was always on my bucket list.”
The music was a mixed sound track from, where else, The Wizard of Oz.
From Somewhere Over the Rainbow to the evil witch cackling in the background, it just fit.
“It started out as a joke,” said Harrington. “But that’s what he wanted. He loved it!”
Kimberly Herslow of Stockton, N.J., rode Soraya II (Sandro Hit/Dynamique) to third with a score 70.275, riding to a mix of Taylor Swift, Adele, and Nicki Minaj.
“This was her first CDI Freestyle and I just decided to go for it,” said Herslow. “I felt I could ride with a little more expression. This is the most fun freestyle I’ve ever done!”
Tate was thrilled with her victory and celebrated with an ecstatic victory gallop.
Tom Dvorak rode Cyrus (Contucci/Corthena) to win the FEI Prix St Georges CDI 3* over more than 25 riders. at Dressage at Devon at the Devon showgrounds on Sept. 30.
Jessica Jo Tate, winner of the Freestyle (Photo by Alix Coleman)Cyrus is a 9-year-old, dark bay Oldenburg gelding, owned by Carla Bahr.
Dvorak, from Hillsburgh, Ontario, Canada, has been riding Cyrus since he was a 4-year-old.
“This was his first full season, and he has done very well," said Dvorak. "He has won many CDIs and is coming into his own. He is a keen worker and very smart and confident. I was happy with my ride. He was a little distracted but stayed with me.”
“I love this event," said Dvorak of DAD. It is the highlight of the season for me. I love the atmosphere and the tradition of the show.”
Dvorak has been competing at Devon for the past 25 years.
“If I have a horse that can show here, I’m here,” he said.
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