Rider: Devon Zebrovious
Hometown: Middleburg, VA
Horse: "King of Hearts" -- (reg. Little King (ARG)/barn name King), 18 yr old, bay, TB gelding (Payant x Little Princess), and "Morningstar" (Eton) -- 10 yr old, bay, Hanoverian gelding (Escudo I), both owned by Cherry Blossom Farm. King was imported from Argentina as a $200k yearling, and his owner hoped he would be a stakes winner like his sire. Alas, he was sent home from the track after only 2 weeks of training and his owner was advised it would be best to find him a new career. He has been one of our field hunters since 2014, and has dabbled in Ladies Side Saddle show classes . Eton was imported from Germany where he was doing the 1.15m jumpers, and he was shown lightly in the hunters before I moved him back into the jumpers. He is also in his 2nd season of fox hunting. I also have "Superstar" (Hero) and "Starstruck" (Sully).
Devon's Background: I am a litigation attorney for DoD. I have ridden for over 35 years, and shown up to the 1.15m jumpers and 3'6" equitation and hunters. My horse, "Quest," was the 2014-2016 USEF Ladies Side Saddle National Champion. I have been riding and showing side saddle for about 15 years. My husband and I have a farm in Middleburg Hunt territory, and we enjoy selecting quality green horses to train and bring along for showing and/or hunting.
What is your racing experience, side saddle or otherwise?: I, along with SSCF vice president, Maggie Johnston, organized the first all side-saddle race in the United States at the Loudoun Point to Point Races in 2014. I have raced in almost every side saddle race held since then in the USA, and my previoius race horse, "In Todd We Trust," was the SSCF overall high-point race horse in 2017 (he is now happily hunting hounds in Aiken, SC).
Do you fox hunt? Do you hunt aside?: I have been a subscriber of the Middleburg Hunt (VA) since 2003, and a subscriber of the Piedmont Fox Hounds (VA) since 2016. I have also hunted with a multitude of other hunts in PA, MD, and VA, as well as with almost 10 hunts in Ireland, where we try to take an annual hunting trip. I primarily hunt sideways, both here and overseas -- I find it to be so much more secure and confidence-boosting!
What got you interested in racing aside?: Maggie Johnston and I were at a side saddle hunt with the Meath Foxhounds, organized by the incomparable Susan Oakes, in 2013, and there we met Phillipa Holland, founder of the Dianas of the Chase Race in England. After talking to her, we were determined to organize our own side saddle races in America. I had also been a huge fan of steeplechase racing, and love to do a multitude of equine sports, so it seemed like a great fit.
What are your side saddle goals for 2018?: To finish out the 2017-2018 hunting season, to compete in the 2018 SSCF races, to continue to bring along a couple of green or new horses, to show in the Ladies Side Saddle division over the summer, and to start hunting again in the fall! I would also like to try to take a hunting trip to England in late October.