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November 6, 1989 | By Arlene J. Newman, Special to The Inquirer
In an upset that surprised the professionals and the onlookers, an amateur from New Hope, Pa., defeated the top riders in the country to win the $50,000 Big Apple Grand Prix last night at the National Horse Show. Hiro Tomizawa, who lives in New Hope and competes for his native Japan, was one of five riders to jump without fault in the initial round of competition and the only rider to go clear in a time of 32.01 seconds in the jump-off. This was the first Grand Prix victory for Tomizawa, 27, who has been competing on the Grand Prix ciruit for seven years.
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September 28, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Nancy Polozker rode Mikado to victory in the Grand Prix as the five-day Dressage at Devon ended yesterday on the Devon Horse Show Grounds. Mikado won by a margin of more than five points, with a score of 65.854. Arion, with Todd Flettrich in the saddle, and Gonzales, ridden by Jessica Ransehousen, finished in a tie for first place in Section 1 of the Prix St. Georges Team event. Brenda Doudican triumphed on Franky Boy in Section 2 of the same competition. Emily Rawle earned the Young Rider championship aboard Able Spirit.
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November 3, 1991 | By Arlene J. Newman, Special to The Inquirer
After several years of placing second or third in jumping competition, Connecticut rider Jeffrey Welles emerged victorious in the $100,000 Mercedes Grand Prix of New York last night at the National Horse Show. Welles rode his mount of six years, the 11-year-old Holsteiner mare Serengeti, owned by the Lloyd family of Mahwah, N.J. He won one of the most difficult jumping classes at the National by defeating 32 other riders. Of the 33 starters, 10 rode over the 13-obstacle course without knocking down rails.
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September 30, 1995 | By Arlene J. Newman, FOR THE INQUIRER
For Carol Lavell, it has been a long, trying journey from a bronze medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona to a win in yesterday's Grand Prix at Dressage at Devon. Her horse Gifted, a massive, 17.3-hand Hanoverian gelding, was a star of the dressage arena. But his disobedient behavior in competition after the Olympics was a source of chagrin for Lavell. She began to refer to him as "FOHB" or "Fat Old Has-Been. " "There were some who said I should retire him," Lavell said. "It was hard to keep my confidence under the circumstances but I kept doing what I was trained to do. " Her perseverance paid off. Last night's performance, which earned Lavell a 67.8 percent, showed Gifted as he was three years ago - brilliant, athletic, and focused.
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June 4, 2010
Peter Leone rode Select to the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon championship Thursday in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. "This show has one of the most exciting, electric grand prix in the country, and it's an educated crowd," said Leone, who lives in Greenwich, Conn. Nine horses from a starting field of 21 qualified for the timed jump-off, and the first four to go in the jump-off knocked down rails. Margie Engle rode Hidden Creek's Campella to a clean round and finished second.
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May 29, 1987 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jumping high and faultlessly, Aerobic soared over a six-obstacle jump-off course last night to win the $50,000 Devon Grand Prix. The only other horse to qualify for the jump-off, Sugar Ray, dropped the second part of a two-fence combination on the Devon Horse Show's Dixon Oval. Rider Rodney Jenkins only had to clear the course without jumping faults to gain the victory over Sugar Ray and claim the $15,000 first-place money, but he sent Aerobic strongly over the fences and stopped the timer in 37.3 seconds, two-tenths faster than Sugar Ray, who was ridden by Buddy Brown.
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October 31, 1990 | By Arlene J. Newman, Special to The Inquirer
Alice Debany defeated a field of 34 international riders at the National Horse Show to win last night's $25,000 grand prix, which also was a World Cup qualifying class. Unlike most of the other, more seasoned competitors, Debany, 22, of New York, made her last appearance at the show three years ago as a junior rider. However, her mount, the Natural, was no stranger to international show jumping, and Debany said she was banking on his ability not only to set an unbeatable pace in the 12 horse jump-off, but to leave the jumps up as well.
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November 4, 1992 | By Arlene J. Newman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Peter Leone of Greenwich, Conn., won the $25,000 World Cup Grand Prix as the National Horse Show got underway yesterday. Leone attributed his success to the many years of grand-prix jumping experience he had with his 16-year-old horse, Crown Royal Oxo. "He understands what to do, and he is able to make the tight turns," Leone said. Leone hopes to qualify for the World Cup Championships in Sweden in April. He will let Crown Royal Oxo rest until Sunday's $100,000 American Grand Prix Association Championship.
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November 4, 1990 | By Arlene J. Newman, Special to The Inquirer
French rider Herve Godignon believes he discovered his next Olympic mount after a dramatic win at last night's $100,000 Mercedes Grand Prix at the National Horse Show. Godignon rode the agile Moet et Chandon Quidam and proved that his horse, a newcomer to grand prix jumping, could maneuver around sharp turns, jump clear and gallop with the best. He defeated a field of 37 international riders, including favorites Greg Best, the United States Equestrian Team rider, on Moet et Chandon Gem Twist and Canadian Equestrian Team rider Ian Millar on Big Ben. Both were the riders' Olympic mounts.
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November 8, 1987 | By Arlene Newman, Special to The Inquirer
Canadian Equestrian Team rider Ian Millar scored a repeat victory in last night's $50,000 Mercedes Grand Prix of New York at the National Horse Show. His victory came in a manner that was eerily like the way he won it a year ago. As he was last year, Millar was the final rider to negotiate the tricky 11- jump course. Also like last year, on his unusually large Belgian-bred gelding, Big Ben, he jumped clean. As she had a year ago, Katie Monohan Prudent set a scorching pace over the jump-off course on the 9-year-old Selle Francais Make My Day. None of the nine riders to follow was able to beat her clear round and time of 31.05 seconds.
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June 3, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
Athletes in the Devon Horse Show's Sapphire Grand Prix, now a Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) four-star-ranked event, will be up against top talent in this year's competition. New for the 120th Devon Horse Show is a $225,000 prize, an increase of $125,000 from last year. The Grand Prix is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. While the race won't directly help anyone qualify for the Olympics, it is to feature McLain Ward, an Olympian who is on the short list to compete in the 2016 games in Brazil.
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May 30, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week ago, Kelli Cruciotti missed her Skype graduation from online high school because she was riding in a competition. That paid off Thursday night, when the 17-year-old became the youngest winner of the Sapphire Grand Prix at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The Grand Prix dates to 1978. "I've always dreamed about doing a class like this in front of as many people," Cruciotti said. "To have such a great result is a dream come true. " Cruciotti, of Elizabeth, Colo., riding her own Chamonix H, took home the $30,000 prize with a time of 38.678 seconds.
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September 30, 2014 | For The Inquirer
Ashley Holzer and her bay mare, Tiva Nana, winner of Friday's grand prix qualifier, thrilled the crowd on the way to winning the grand prix freestyle dressage at Devon on Saturday night. Moving from canter to piaffe to passage without missing a beat of the epic, orchestral music, Holzer earned a score of 76.125. She said that the electric atmosphere at Devon worried her mare a bit, "but she is always willing to try anything as long as I set her up right. She is such a partner. " Karen Pavicic and her gelding Don Daiquiri finished second with a score of 73.375.
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May 31, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two-time Olympian McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., entered the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon looking for his ninth career victory in the event. And for a brief moment Thursday night, it looked as if Ward would pull it off in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Riding Rothchild, Ward recorded a clean round and a time of 40.798 seconds in the jump-off. But he had to settle for third place. Paul O'Shea of Wellington, Fla., also recorded a clean round on his horse, Primo de Revel, and finished in 38.951 seconds for the victory.
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May 30, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
As has been the case for many years, all eyes will be on McLain Ward and his horse Rothchild on Thursday night in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon. "It always takes a very good day to beat McLain Ward," Grand Prix rider Callan Solem of Chester Springs said Wednesday. "And maybe a mistake on his part, too, which doesn't happen very often. He is arguably one of the best in the world, or the best in the world. " Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., hopes to add his ninth Grand Prix victory at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to his list of accomplishments, which include two Olympic gold medals.
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September 16, 2013 | By Sara Cavanagh, For The Inquirer
Devin Ryan of Long Valley, N.J., riding Boucanier, won the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix in a thrilling jump-off in which the top four horses were separated by less than one second. "This horse is just a 7-year-old," said Ryan. "We were stepping him up here. The atmosphere in this ring at night is the biggest thing. But I felt very confident bringing this horse into the ring tonight. " Ryan won in an 11-horse jump-off, finishing clean in 37.777 before a standing-room-only crowd.
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June 10, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
A VOLUNTEER track worker at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal died yesterday after being run over by a crane removing a car from the course after the checkered flag. The man, who wasn't immediately identified, died after being taken by helicopter to a hospital. "The worker was helping to recover a car, which had stopped during the race," F1 spokesman Matteo Bonciani said. "The recovery vehicle had lifted the car to return it to the pits and while doing this the worker dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up. As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over.
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June 1, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Andrew Welles exited the oval after his jump-off round in the $100,000 Devon Grand Prix Thursday night, his friends had some words for him. The eventual second-place finisher had just run a faultless time of 35.815 seconds. Only two riders remained. "They said I'm about to get smoked," recalled Welles, who lives in Wellington, Fla. "And McLain was walking in. " Welles' prophetic friends were referring to McLain Ward, a legend at the Devon Horse Show with seven Grand Prix victories entering this year's event.
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February 18, 2013 | Jen A. Miller, For the Inquirer
If you're a charity-minded runner, look to New Jersey for your races this year. For 2013, nine races in the Garden State have linked together through the Road Runners Club of America New Jersey to form the N.J. Grand Prix Series, a nine-race event with the goal of raising $100,000 for the Jersey Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross to help with Sandy relief. The first race, the Super Sunday Four Miler in Morristown, was held Feb. 3, but it's not too late to join. Runners need to complete six or more of the nine races to be considered Grand Prix finishers, and to earn an oversize "I Ran to Restore the Jersey Shore" medal.
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October 1, 2012 | By Sara Cavanagh, For The Inquirer
Canadians dominated the Grand Prix Special during Dressage at Devon on Sunday afternoon, with David Marcus of Campbellsville, who was on the Canadian Olympic team in London, winning on Don Kontes with a score of 69.40. Marcus' London teammate, Ashley Holzer, who now lives in New York, was second on Degas 12 with a score of 68.40, and her student Eliana Cordai van Reese of Wellington, Fla., was third on Jewel's Adelante with 67.556. "This is only my second time showing Degas," Holzer said.
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