Devon Kane and her self-trained Grand Prix gelding Destiny proved to be unbeatable at the 2014 Great American Insurance Group USDF Region 3 Championships and Wellington Classic Dressage Autumn Challenge held Oct. 16-19.
Kane returned recently from a summer of training with Olympic gold medalist Hubertus Schmidt in Germany in preparation for the dressage season in Florida.
Kane and the Danish Warmblood won the Grand Prix with a 72.45 percent, and swept the Grand Prix Regional Championship. They are now qualified to compete at the 2014 U.S. Dressage Finals in Kentucky.
Kane feels that her time in training with Schmidt and Destiny’s brief period of rest following a minor injury actually helped them.
“It wasn’t what we planned, but it worked out for our benefit. It’s like solving a Rubik’s cube. You get one side in line, then the other side’s messed up again and you have to go back and fix it,” she said.
With fresh spirits and a recent win under her belt, Kane is ready to ride into the competitive winter season.
“My horse is feeling super right now,” she said. “He’s really fit and his muscles feel good. He’s training really hard and well. We have a couple more shows before the season starts to fine-tune some things, and hopefully we can keep the momentum we have right now flowing.”
Kane and Destiny are based at Diamante Farms in Wellington.
For more information, visit www.diamantefarms.com or call (210) 240-1614.
ABOVE: Devon Kane and Destiny.