September 23-28 brings Dressage at Devon, where top competitors, horses, trainers and judges from across the continent and around the globe come together for one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions and the most complete breed show outside of Europe. Olympic medalist Robert Dover calls Dressage at Devon “the standard by which all American horse shows should be judged.”
Thursday, the four-day Performance Division begins. Most Dressage at Devon classes are F.E.I. (Fédération Equestre Internationale) level, including four Grand Prix classes, the level of Olympic competition. And spectators are getting a unique educational experience during the classes: “Dressage with the Experts” offers an opportunity to hear live, expert commentary on individual headsets and an electronic scoreboard allows spectators to see the scores for each movement as they are assigned by the judges.
Dressage at Devon benefits Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Inc., one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding facilities in the nation. Thorncroft helps the disabled to improve balance, circulation, muscle tone, and concentration, while enhancing self-esteem. Since 1991, Dressage at Devon has raised more than $1,070,000 for Thorncroft.
For information go to www.dressageatdevon.org.