Devon Pennsylvania, USA – May 30, 2023 – Tuesday’s Jumper competition at The Devon Horse Show CSI 4* was highlighted by the $38,700 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI 4*. This was first FEI class of this year’s show and also the biggest class so far with a total of 34 entries ready to duke it out in the prestigious Dixon Oval.
As the sun began to set, a beautiful night set the scene for the talented class. FEI classes allow for international riders to join the competition, and in this particular class, five different countries were represented. The field of competitors was put to the test on the Anderson Lima designed course. Lima, a well known course designer within FEI show jumping, challenged the riders to an 11-obstacle, 13-effort track that featured six oxers, two double combinations, and one over water jump in the middle of the ring at jump four.
The class was set to a one round format that put riders on a race against the clock. The horse-and-rider combination that could lay a clear round at the fastest time would be crowned the winner. Renowned showjumper, McLain Ward (USA) set the pace early on with a 58.73 second clear round. He would eventually be surpassed by several riders and their mounts.
Alex Matz (USA) and Cashew CR came out on top with the fastest clear round amongst the group at 56.32 seconds, securing the blue ribbon. Devin Ryan (USA) and Eddie Blue took second, while Roberto Teran (COL) and BP Wakita finished in third.
Final Results –$38,700 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake CSI 4*
1) Alex Matz (USA) & Cashew CR – 0 / 0 – 52.32
2) Devin Ryan (USA) & Eddie Blue – 0 / 0 – 57.83
3) Roberto Teran (COL) & BP Wakita – 0 / 0 – 58.02
Source: Press Release by Sydney Jones / Phelps Media Group for The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair
Photo: © Phelps Sports / Jillian Eberlein