DEVON, Pa.--Neave Campbell and Shelly Zimmerli won the $5,000 classes in Low Junior and Low Amateur respectively on Sunday, Sept.18, the final day of the Devon Fall Classic.
Campbell rode Very High De Muze to win the $5,000 Low Junior Jumper class over field of eight.
Only two made the jump-off, and Campbell was the only one clean, finishing in 43.088 seconds to win the class, as well as the championship in the division.
“I got my horse only a couple of months ago in February," said Campbell. "He wasn’t supposed to be for me, he was supposed to be a sales horse. I did an open 1.0m class and fell in love from there. We started moving up and after a couple weeks we started doing the low juniors and a couple of open welcome stakes and have always placed in the top three. He is great and is on the younger side. He is 9 years old and was imported from Europe. He is definitely different from the kind of ride I ever expected myself to be on but we just clicked and he has been amazing and I love him.”
“HE'S A FUNNY horse," said Campbell. "He's really sweet and will kiss you, but he is a spooky guy. He will walk in the ring and his eyes will be wide open. He will look all around the place with a little bit of a prance going on and might spin a couple of times, but he will never bat an eye at jump. He loves his job and he is awesome. He is the sweetest horse I have ever ridden.”
“I went first on one of my other horses,"she said. "They definitely made us think in the course. I was hoping to do better on Smokey than the first ride. With him I definitely have to keep pushing out of the turn to get him where I wanted to leave to make the line or to make the turn come up nicely. If you found everything nicely it was easy to get done.”
“I love Devon," said Campbell. "I have been coming here forever. Both of my little siblings have done the leadline. I only live 20 minutes away from here and I have lived here all my life. Just a couple of months ago my barn moved to Ocala, Florida so I am super happy that we ended up coming here.”
The $5,000 Low Amateur Jumpers had 15 competitors with nine returning for the jump-off.
Zimmerli on Quite Some went early in the jump-off and went clean in 29.152 seconds, a time that stood up for the win.
Kendra Sue Walmer on Printings Pola Z placed fourth, which gave her enough points for the championship in the division.
The Low Children’s and Low Adult Amateur Jumpers took to the arena bright and early Sunday morning to start the day.
In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper, Emily Kucharczuk won on Charmeur Ask, and Bethany Frick on Alimit. won the $1,500 Low Adult Amateur Jumper.
Ericka Houlihan rode Notorious to a double clear to win the $3,000 High Adult Amateur Jumper over a large group of 21 competitors.
Rylee Kingeter on Bella Olympic had the only double clear round of the class to win the $3,000 High Children’s Jumper Division.
The Devon Horse Show officers look forward to welcoming hunter and jumper competitors to the venue once again in Spring 2023 for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
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