Sandy Ferrell and Because Start Strong in Green 3’9″ Hunter Division At Devon Horse Show

It was a cool and cloudy Monday on Memorial Day at the Devon Horse Show, but Sandy Ferrell, of Belair, Maryland, and Aizlynn Radwanski’s Because out shined the competition in the first over fences round of the Green 3’9″ Hunter division to ultimately capture the blue ribbon. Tuesday’s classes will conclude the division and a new champion will be crowned, which Ferrell is hoping to achieve with her newly-acquired mount.
Sandy Ferrell and Because (Photo: The Book LLC)
The Dixon Oval saw Ferrell ride around the Allen Rheinheimer-designed course, where Because’s textbook-style jump and steady rhythm proved impressive to both judges. The 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding was recently purchased by amateur rider, Radwanski, from Lane Change Farm at the end of the Florida winter circuit.
Although it was his first time in the famed Dixon Oval, Because was able to maintain his composure and channel his energy into studying the natural hunter fences to produce a beautiful effort over each one. Ferrell piloted her partner to a score of 89 and is hopeful that he will continue his winning performances on Tuesday to secure more top honors for Ferrell’s Royall Show Hunters team.
Radwanski, of Mohnton, Pennsylvania, is also looking forward to having her turn in the Dixon Oval this weekend and solidifying her partnership with Because in the Amateur-Owner 3’6″ Hunter division.
Sandy Ferrell
On Because:
“He felt amazing. We just acquired him for the Radwanski family at the end of Florida. Obviously, this is the biggest venue we’ve ever had him at so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. He did get a little nervous walking into the ring for the first time. There’s a lot to take in here. It’s Monday, it’s a big crowd and we’re not always used to that in the hunter ring, but there’s one thing about this horse – he does not have the capability of jumping a bad jump. Even though he was a little nervous, he studied the jumps today and it kept his brain where it needed to be.”
On her winning trip:
“As the rider, I messed up the second round but it was wonderful to have him be a little bit nervous the first round and come back the second time and just go around like he has done it his whole life. He really is an amazing horse to ride.”
On the owner, Aizlynn Radwanski:
“[Aizlynn Radwanski] is a younger amateur and she’ll also be showing here. I just got to be the lucky rider today, but she’s learned to ride him beautifully. I think we’re going to have a great weekend.”
On the Devon Horse Show:
“I think everyone knows it is one of the most prestigious shows and arenas that we can ride in. I think it’s just everything and the ambience of being here is unlike any other. This is one of the oldest horse shows, which says a lot for the people that run this organization. The fact that it has lasted this long and kept its prestige is really special.”