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Diamante Farm's Kane and Gibson Victorious at Wellington Classic Dressage
Diamante Farm's Devon Kane rode her Danish gelding Sanchez to first place in
the FEI Test for Five-Year-Olds with a score of 75.200%. Photo © Lauren Fisher/PMG.
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Wellington, FL - March 17, 2010 - Diamante Farms had a great weekend of
competition at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II, held at the Jim
Brandon Equestrian Center. Diamante Farms is a dressage training, showing,
and boarding facility in Wellington, FL, which is owned by Terri and Dick
Kane. The Kane's daughter Devon and Diamante Farms' head trainer Michelle
Gibson each showed their young horses over the weekend and each took home
victories. The official judges for the weekend included: Axel Steiner "O",
Natalie Lamping "I", Lorriane Mac Donald "I", Fran Dearing "S", and Joan
Devon Kane showed her Danish gelding Sanchez to victory in Sunday's FEI Test
for Five-Year-Olds with a score of 75.200%. Sanchez is turning five this
year and Kane is showing the young horse in the FEI classes to qualify for
this year's National Championships. This was Sanchez and Kane's second show
together, their first just one week prior at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby,
where they did very well and moved into fourth place in the national
Sanchez is Blue Hors Romanov out of a Trakehner mare by Camelot. Kane bought
Sanchez in Denmark a year ago, but left him in Europe to stay in training
there and be gelded. She then travelled to Germany this summer to work with
trainer Hubertus Schmidt and brought Sanchez home to Florida this fall.
"He is so fun to ride. He is soft, supple, and very energetic," Kane
stated. "He can be naughty, but I love his attitude and look forward to
using it for my benefit. He is very smart and fun to train, and I am really
enjoying the experience of working with a clean slate and training him from
the start. I love earning his confidence and being able to teach him and
watch him learn and have fun. He loves to show off, and loves attention, so
he is great to have at the shows."
"On Sunday he was very attentive, and not so naughty," Kane continued. "He
was steady and listening, and I think he is developing good confidence in
the arena. I look forward to being able to ask more from him and really
allowing him to show off and feel secure and proud. He is a horse that I
love riding every day, and I look forward to training him far into the
In addition to her success with Sanchez, Kane showed another young horse
named Destiny in this weekend's competition. Destiny is a Danish bred
gelding out of Diamond Hit, by a Rubenstein mare. Destiny is turning seven
years old this year and Kane is showing him in the USEF Third Level Test 3.
On Sunday the pair placed third with a 66.512% and Kane was very happy with
"Destiny is really fun to ride also, and he is a smaller type, but he is
very expressive," Kane noted. "He can be very hot, but he is great to
show. He was pretty relaxed on Sunday, and felt so elastic, energetic, and
on my aids."
This is Destiny's first year in the ring and Kane acknowledged that he is
really stepping up and doing fantastic. "He has not had a score under 65%,
and his test is always abundant with 8's. On Sunday, in his second
extension, he felt like he was floating and stretching out with his shoulder
as far as he could reach; it was perfect rhythm and balance, and I had the
instant flashback of riding Douwe in a test."
A dressage rider since age 11, Kane has earned numerous United States
Dressage Federation (USDF) Regional Championships from First through FEI
Levels, the USDF Bronze Medal and Silver Medal, and finished her Young Rider
career with Individual Gold and Team Bronze at the 2007 North American Young
Rider Championships with her Dutch gelding Douwe.
"Destiny is very similar to Douwe, and I have so much fun riding and
training him," Kane stated. "I got him just before he turned six, and he is
the first horse I have trained myself. Michelle has coached me the whole
way, but I have put the time in the saddle on him and brought him up through
everything. He is doing so well and is really enjoying the shows. I am
keeping the training moving forward, and my goal is to have him showing in
the small tour next year with hopes of trying for the Pan American
Games. For right now, we are focusing on qualifying in Third Level to
compete in the Regional Championships this year, and perhaps start the Prix
St. Georges this summer."
Kane was not the only rider out Diamante to have success this weekend. The
farm's head trainer Michelle Gibson also brought home a blue ribbon with her
own young horse, Well Done. Well Done is a four-year-old out of Gibson's
stallion, World of Dreams. 'T-bone' as he is known around the barn, came to
Gibson at the end of November when she came home from training in Germany.
The pair showed in the USEF Test for Four-Year-Olds on Sunday and won the
class with an excellent score of 83.800%.
"He was so green when she got him; he had a hard time cantering inside the
ring, but he is blossoming so well with her," Kane said of the
partnership. "Michelle only had one score under eight on Sunday. He is
growing and really developing into an athletic and beautiful horse. He is
extremely intelligent and has been very fun for her to train."
"He has so much personality; I joke that he could have his own cartoon,"
Kane laughed. "He is sensitive and forward moving, and has a great amount of
talent in combination with his intellect. It is so exciting to see T-bone
growing up, finding himself and his confidence, and having fun with
Michelle. It is very special for her to have a World of Dreams baby, and she
is truly beginning to love T-bone. I am so excited for their future."
Putting in another top finish for Diamante this weekend were Amy Bock and
her horse Walk the Line, who is also by World of Dreams. This was Bock's
first young horse class, and her first time to show Walk the Line, whose
barn name is Cash. The pair had a wonderful and fluid test competing in the
USEF Test for Four-Year-Olds, and came in third place with a score of
"It really seemed evident how much fun both Amy and Cash were having
together," Kane commented. "Cash has wonderful natural movement, and is
developing wonderfully with Amy. They are planning to qualify for the
Four-Year-Old National Championships, and I am sure they will do very
well. Cash is very talented, and Amy always puts in a solid effort. She has
only had Cash since November, so I am excited to watch how they will
continue to become stronger and develop together."
As the manager of Diamante Farms, Kane was excited not only for her own
young horses, but for the other horses and riders that all had a successful
weekend out of her barn. "It was our weekend for young horses, and we were
able to come out in full strength on Sunday," she acknowledged. "Everyone
was very proud and happy with their rides and finishes. We are very proud of
all the young horses we have at Diamante, and we had fun with all the boys
at the show."
Diamante Farms will compete next at the 2010 Winter Equestrian Festival's
Dressage Classic CDI 3*, held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian
Center in Wellington. For more information, please visit www.diamantefarms.com.