DEVON, Pa.--Susan Tice-Grossmann's Renoir, handled by Richard Taylor, was named Best Young Horse at the Devon Horse Show on Sunday, June 3, the final day of the show.
This was Renoir's second consecutive time for winning the Best Young Horse title, and he won the Three Year Old, Other Than Thoroughbred, Stallions and Geldings class en route to the title.
Taylor has been the handler of the Best Young Horse for the last four years in a row.
The colt is by Rosenthal out of Furstine and was bred by John Barilar.
Taylor, who has been attending the Devon Horse Show for 53 years, praised Renoir for his impeccable behavior and will to win.
According to Taylor, Renoir is broken to walk, trot, canter and trail ride and shows every indication of being a very successful show hunter in the future.
The Leading Handler Award and the Michael E. Grady Memorial Perpetual Trophy was presented to Emily Anne Belin.
"THIS HORSE has been incredibly healthy, and he has a wonderful temperament," said Taylor of Renoir. "He's a horse that everyone finds appealing. He's big, beautiful and he exudes class. The spectators will come over and say that he is a beautiful horse. This woman stopped me and said, 'It was a joy to watch you show that horse.' The credit goes to the horse. It's a joy for the owners to win here, a joy for the people that work on the farm and it's a joy for me to bring him in the ring. He has always stood there well. I don't know how he'd know that sign says 'Where Champions Meet,' but when you start down the ring he's not going to buck, jump or shake his head. He says to me, 'I'm on a mission. Can you keep up?' It's all of that rolled together. It's a privilege to have one like him."
"He lives at the Grossman's farm," said Taylor. "This spring, he has lived out in a field with a run-in shed and his blankets because the barn is being completely renovated. He gets the best care. Even without a $5 million dollar barn, he still gets fabulous care. It's great story to me because it proves if you want to do something badly enough, you can do it."