David Marcus & Chrevi’s Capital Win Devon World Cup Grand Prix With Personal Best
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
DEVON, Pennsylvaia, Sept. 28–David Marcus helped Chrevi’s Capital overcome the stage fright that led to elimination of the Canadian team from the Olympics two months ago, to win the Dressage at Devon World Cup Grand Prix with a personal best score Friday night.
David, who swapped his an American citizenship for Canadian at the end of 2011, rode the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Lavallo x Indira Gandhi x Weinberg) to a score of 71.213 per cent to top the field of 10 combinations that included his London Games team mates of Jacqueline Brooks and D’Niro. And it surpassed their previous best at Grand Prix of 69.021 per cent at Lexington, Kentucky in May.
Pierre St. Jacques, a Canadian turned American who lives in Anthony, Florida, and Lucky Tiger placed second on a chilly Friday night at this show that is almost a half-century old.
Devon has lost its top tier rating that made it the premier dressage event in America in the 1980s and 1990s it now is one of 10 World Cup events in the United States and has not kept up with the booming Florida circuit that includes two CDI5* events and the only Nations Cup outside Europe.
But Devon retains a special cachet of an intimate show with a mixture of old world grand stands but a festival atmosphere on storied Main Line Philadelphia that attracts thousands of enthusiastic fans to the Saturday night Freestyle. New footing in all of the competition and warm up areans by the same company that installed the two dozen dressage and jumping rings at Wellington’s Palm Beach International Equestrian Center have won glowing reviews and reinvigorated competitors.
Before the night event, David rode Don Kontes, like Chrevi’s Capital owned by Deborah Kinzinger, to victory in the Grand Prix qualifier for the Special while the Prix St. Georges went to Christopher Hickey on Witness Hilltop owned by the nearby Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland.
David recalled he rode Chrevi’s Capital into the arena for the team Grand Prix at the Olympics at London’s Greenwich Park during a rain storm. The giant spectator stands on three sides amplified the sound. As the rain eased up in the middle of the ride, thousands of spectators lowered umbrellas and stood up to take off rain gear.
“He was just scared out of his mind,” he said.
David took Chrevi’s Capital to the Saugerties, New York, World Cup event two weeks ago to build his confidence again and he thinks the Devon result indicates it may have worked.
Seeking to be one of two representatives of the North American League to go to the World Cup Final in Goteborg, Sweden, next April is not a priority, he said.
The pair will compete on Florida’s winter circuit in 2013 but Chrevi’s Capital will be treated like the “green Grand Prix” horse that he, to enjoy an experience that was skipped on the way to the Olympics.
As 2013 is not a championship year in the Americas, he said, they will work toward the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014.