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Winning Ward Wins Again! Tina La Boheme Captures $40,000 Devon International Speed Stake

McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme. Photo By: The Book, LLC.

Devon, Pa. – June 1, 2016 – Some might call it luck, some might call it hard work, most would call it both. Whatever it is, McLain Ward has it. Notching his eighth international victory in a row, Ward rose to the top of the field once again, claiming the $40,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4* sponsored by Green Drop. Piloting Tina La Boheme to the fastest clear round, Ward once again led the lap of honor in the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

“The speed here at Devon has probably gotten more difficult,” said Ward after his win. “Being FEI, you need a little more of a jumper. I thought it was a very good course. Took a little jumping and enough speed. It wasn’t like you could go belly to the ground. You needed to pick a few places to take a moment.”

An international field of entries took their turn over Kelvin Bywater’s track to kick off the evening of competition at the Devon Horse Show, but with a quick pace as the main goal, only 10 riders left all the rails intact in their effort to secure a top ribbon.

As the fourth athlete to tackle the course, Amanda Derbyshire of Great Britain set the pace to beat at 60.29 seconds with a clear round aboard Goldbreaker. With a quick time that left many trying to catch her unsuccessfully, she took home the second place prize.

When discussing how she might have won, Derbyshire admitted, “I chipped really bad at the fifth jump. I did not see that distance. Goldbreaker jumps back feet first, but he’s brave and he’s a good boy. It felt like a win anyway if McLain won! I knew he was going to beat me. I was on the fence waiting for him to beat me.”

Ireland’s Kevin Babington was one of the select few to come close to the 60-second mark, stopping the clock at 60.30 seconds with his veteran partner Mark Q for third place. Sydney Shulman riding Toscane De L’Isle and Laura Chapot on Quointreau Un Prince finished fourth and fifth, respectively, with clear times of 61.31 seconds and 61.92 seconds.

The last in the class would prove to be the best of day. Ward and Tina La Boheme executed a flawless performance as they took the inside options to beat Derbyshire by almost two seconds as they dashed across the finish line in 58.49 seconds for his second victory at the Devon Horse Show.

“I did the plan,” explained Ward after seeing the others show over the course. “I didn’t do anything really different than the plan. Everything showed up nice. She’s a careful mare, so it worked out.”

With victories at Old Salem, Rome and Devon, Ward has racked up an impressive number of wins in the last three weeks. “I always imagine that, but it doesn’t always go that way,” laughed Ward. “I never try to limit what is possible. Every competition I go in I have a plan and I do the best I can to execute that plan. Sometimes it’s not the win, you know, sometimes it’s to train a horse or learn something or to gain some experience, but if it’s to ride a certain round, you try to execute it and sometimes you get in a nice streak. Like I said last night, I have a lot of really nice horses. The horses make you look good.”

Ward will return to the ring Thursday evening for the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*. This time he will be aboard his veteran mount Rothchild, the reigning individual Pan American gold medalist.

“I’m going to go with my best chance,” explained Ward. “Tina is 9, so she’s not experienced. She’s a green horse, and she’s never jumped higher than 1.50m. I think this being a 4* grand prix, it’s a real enough test. Tina will have a nice, easy couple of days, and I’ll show her Saturday night.”

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons Claim Devon Grand Hunter Championship

As the professional hunter divisions came to a close at the Devon Horse Show, Scott Stewart ended up on top to claim the Devon Grand Hunter Championship aboard A Million Reasons.

Stewart and Dr. Betsee Parker’s A Million Reasons earned the championship in the High Performance Working Hunter division, racking up a total of four blue ribbons and one red ribbon to secure the Devon Grand Hunter Championship. The High Performance reserve championship went to El Primero and Louise Serio, who was also crowned Leading Lady Rider.

Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons
Scott Stewart and A Million Reasons

“I had hopes for A Million Reasons, to be honest,” Stewart said. “She’s been pretty consistent. This is only her third horse show of the year. She was champion in WCHR week in Florida, then we did Kentucky, and she was champion, then we came here.”

Despite the light show schedule, A Million Reasons came ready to win. At home, Stewart prepared the mare by jumping her around a four-foot course a few times in the weeks before Devon.

“She likes a light schedule,” Stewart said. “She’s a mare, but she doesn’t really act mare-ish. She’s almost more like a stallion. She’s a little lazy off your leg. The hardest part is having her focused on what she’s doing because it’s easy for her. She rides like she’s 18h, and she’s only 15.3h. Her style is just to go with her head and neck out.”

In addition to the championships, Stewart accumulated enough points to earn the Leading Hunter Rider award for the eleventh time, while A Million Reasons also took home the Leading Mare Award,

“It always feels great to win,” Stewart said. “Devon is a special show for me. It’s huge with tradition. It’s always a great thing to win here. I try to think less and less about getting the Leading Hunter Rider award because it makes you crazy, but it’s always a thrill to get it.”

Dr. Parker, proud owner of A Million Reasons, said the little mare keeps everyone laughing with her charming personality.

“Scott and I collaborated on her, and we really thought that he was the kind of ride for that mare,” Dr. Parker commented. “We felt that she required a certain sensitive temperament of a rider in order to get the best out of her. She’s emotionally complicated. We laugh about her a lot because she has a lot of opinions.”

Another one of Dr. Parker’s talented hunters, Cold Harbor, took home the championship in the Regular Conformation Hunter division with rider Hunt Tosh in the irons.

Tosh said Cold Harbor, who goes by Larson at the barn, is his horse of a lifetime. The talented gelding also earned the championship in the Regular Conformation Hunters at Devon last year.

“He has just been incredible,” Tosh said. “He’s such a classic hunter. Betsee has been so gracious, and she’s such a wonderful owner for us. He was great all week. He’s one of the best feelings to ride, and just to have a horse like that… so beautiful, a wonderful mover and can jump and all that… he’s truly what you look for in a hunter. He’s proven to us that when it counts, he tries to win.”

Dr. Parker added, “Cold Harbor has broken all the records for Regular Conformation Hunters in this country that can be broken. No horse in history has won it more times than he has. He’s a very mannerly, good-tempered, kind, generous horse in every way. He’s a real, true dream horse.”

Even Tosh’s 9-year-old daughter, Maddie, loves Cold Harbor. Dr. Parker and Tosh plan for Cold Harbor to be Maddie’s Junior Hunter when she is ready to compete in the division.

“Maddie rides him at home,” Tosh added. “He is sweet enough to let her get on him and hack around. He’s her favorite horse in the barn, but it’s hard not to let him be your favorite horse in the barn. He’s just one of those horses that is that special.”

The division’s reserve championship went to Kelley Farmer and Baltimore.

Continuing the hunter action at Devon, the feature $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby will take place on Thursday. The final highlight event during the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will be the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*, which takes place on Thursday evening.

Susan Sisco Secures the Ladies Side Saddle Championship and True Blue Challenge Trophy Once Again

For Susan Sisco, being in the winner’s circle is not unfamiliar territory. The skilled rider and trainer has won the Ladies Side Saddle championship tricolor many times at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. This year, the victory was aboard an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse that goes by the name of Ringfort Tinkaturk and is new to the side saddle division.

“He does a little bit of everything,” owner Barbara Wanamaker said. “I’ve only had him since April. He was an event horse. It’s only his third horse show and second sidesaddle show. Susan trains him.”

Wanamaker competed in the side saddle division, as well. While Sisco took control of the reins on Ringfort Tinkaturk, Wanamaker rode her other horse, Between the Lines. The two have been friends and sharing a passion for horses and side saddle for over two decades.

“Susan and I have known each other for over 20 years,” Wanamaker added. “After that long you become family.”

Family means a lot to Wanamaker, whose father and aunt were first in her heritage to compete at Devon. “This is an incredible place to ride and show,” Wanamaker continued. “It’s very exciting to be at a place with so much tradition. My father and aunt showed here. It means a lot to me to ride here and do well.”

Side saddle competitors showed off their skills in a hack and in an over fences class during the day on Wednesday, then returned under the lights Wednesday evening for an under saddle class to complete the division. Sisco locked in a six-point advantage in the division after securing two blue ribbons and a fourth-place finish to ride away with the True Blue Championship Trophy.

Amanda Ramey captured the reserve championship honors aboard Bold Liberty. Together, the pair earned 16 points after collecting a first, second and seventh place finish.

Side saddle has been a part of the Devon Horse Show tradition for as long as anyone can recall. The style of riding was first introduced in Great Britain by Anne of Bohemia in 1382, at the time of her marriage to King Richard II. It introduced a more independent way of travel, since travel was primarily through cart or carriage then.

Breed specialty classes began competing in the Dixon Oval on Wednesday and will continue throughout the week. Thursday evening’s highlight event will be the highly anticipated $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon beginning at 8:00 p.m. featuring some of the sport’s top athletes.

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McLain Ward Continues Winning Ways with $50,000 Welcome Stake Victory at Devon Horse Show

McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme.

Devon, Pa. – May 31, 2016 – It is no secret that Olympian McLain Ward has been on a hot streak recently, racking up six major victories from New York to Rome in just three weeks. The $50,000 Devon Welcome Stake CSI4* proved to be no exception as Ward rode away with the top two spots, winning the event aboard Tina La Boheme and placing second with his reigning Pan American Games double gold medalist mount, Rothchild.

“I think Devon is one of the greatest venues in America,” expressed Ward, who also won the same event in 2015. “The atmosphere here on grand prix night is second to nowhere. The crowd is an educated crowd, and they really appreciate it. They are very enthusiastic. I think the management here at Devon has really made great efforts with the facility. Everything is first class.”

Thirty-eight entries turned out for the first FEI ranked event of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Tuesday evening. Six of those were able to master the Kelvin Bywater track and return for the tiebreaker. Ali Wolff was the pathfinder during the jump-off, setting the pace to beat with Quirie 2 in a clear 39.51 seconds.

“My trainer, Michelle Grubb, knows me so well – we’ve been together for about 12 years,” said Wolff. “Pretty much every time she tells me to go my own speed. I am so competitive, and I am my own worst enemy. If McLain went before me I probably would not be sitting here. I try and ride the horse underneath me.”

Wolff added, “Quirie was my third string horse. He was struggling to get around the 1.40m last year. I just have to keep taking a step back, and I am very proud of where he’s come. He’s stepped up to my first horse. He went to Mexico with me and really, really put on his big boy pants. Since then he’s been super confident, and I can’t say enough about him.”

Wolff’s lead did not last long as Ward entered the ring next with Tina La Boheme. With sharp turns and a speedy gallop they bested Wolff by almost three seconds when they crossed the finish line in a faultless 36.73 seconds. Molly Ashe Cawley and Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve attempted to catch Ward, but had to settle for fourth place when they had a rail in the combination.

Ward was next in the jump-off order with his second mount Rothchild, and after a short break in the action to prepare, they returned to the ring. Knowing he had a good lead, Ward was a bit more conservative, but still laid down a fast and clear round in just 39.18 seconds to take over second place, while Wolff would place third.

Ward laughed, “Rothchild doesn’t like horses jumping next to him, he doesn’t like horses jumping at him, he doesn’t like gray horses, he doesn’t like carriages. There are a lot of things to avoid here! The schooling area can be interesting, but he is what he is. I didn’t have very long, but I am not going to rush him. I only jumped four or five jumps. You can’t go fast. You have to really take your time.”

Rothchild was a horse found by Ward’s father Barney, and he has always had a special place in Ward’s heart. Tina La Boheme also has a special place in Ward’s heart, as he owns the talented young mare together with his father’s old friend Arthur Hawkins.

“Arty Hawkins is a great horseman and a member of the Show Hunter Hall of Fame, a dear friend of my dad,” explained Ward. “He was there when I was born. He owns the majority; I own a small piece of her. Last year he said if you ever see a nice horse I’d like to do something. This is the horse.”

Tina La Boheme also has a unique tie to the Devon Horse Show, as she is related to the 2008 Grand Prix winner Night Train. “Tina and Night Train are both quite strong, but good jumpers, really good technique, careful but at the same time quite brave,” noted Ward. “It’s nice; I have a soft spot in my heart for Night Train. I bought him and rode him in the beginning, so I’ve had a lot of luck with that breeding.”

Ward and Tina La Boheme will return to the Dixon Oval Thursday night for the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

Championships for Haness, Tosh and Payne in Professional Hunter Divisions

Kenny Wheeler Sr. celebrated his 88th birthday by watching Hunt Tosh pilot the Wheeler Family’s Patriot to the championship in the Green Conformation Hunter division at the Devon Horse Show.

The Wheelers, proud owners of Patriot, handed their own Just for Fun – Two for One Challenge Trophy to Tosh and Patriot after the duo earned enough points for the championship.

“To win the trophy Kenny was handing out on his birthday in a division that is so important to their family is really fun,” Tosh said. “This show has the best horses, the best riders; it’s so hard to win here, so when you can win at a place like this with competition like this, it’s awesome.”

Tosh and Patriot claimed first and third place over fences on Monday, returning on Tuesday to add another blue to their collection in the handy.

“Patriot is a new horse, and he’s quite green,” Tosh explained. “Devon is only his third show facility. With the little mileage he has doing this, I didn’t know how he’d be, but he walked in here and was great. He’s been champion every time he’s shown, and he’s just a really fun horse. He’s super brave and careful, and he’s a beautiful jumper. He just tries harder every time, so he’s been great. We’re very excited to have him.”

The division’s reserve championship was awarded to Scott Stewart and Stephanie Danhakl’s stallion, Denver.

Nick Haness and Technicolor
Nick Haness and Technicolor

Earlier in the day, Nick Haness returned with Technicolor to claim the First Year Green Hunter championship. The duo started the day with two blues under their belt, and returned for the stake to wow the judges with their round, receiving a score of 95 and earning the blue ribbon.

“It was pretty tight for the points for the championship,” Haness said. “I knew we had to come in strong for the last round to clench the championship. The pressure building up to it is so intense that once I walk into the ring, it’s so easy and natural and just so much fun. He makes it easy for me. He’s a really special horse.”

The reserve championship in the First Years went to Kelley Farmer and Publicized.

The Second Year Green Hunter division also wrapped up on Tuesday with Chris Payne and Truman taking home the division’s championship. The duo managed to best the competitive division with their three blue ribbons from Monday. Truman, who is owned by Debbie Bass, is only just returning to the show ring after having last year off.

“There are so many great horses in the Second Years,” Payne said. “Anybody could have won it at any time, and I’m just very fortunate that the cards fell my way. I’m so fortunate to have such a great horse, and Debbie Bass is an amazing owner that has allowed him to come into his own to be so successful. He’s never lost a hack class. He’s a beautiful mover, he’s a beautiful horse, and he always tries to be a good horse and do the right thing.”

Hunt Tosh and Gotham took home the reserve championship in the Second Years.

The Grand Hunter Championship will be awarded on Wednesday, with the highlight $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby following on Thursday.

The final feature event during the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will be the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*, which takes place on Saturday evening.

Rachel Shoemaker Defends Her Title in the Single Horse Championship

It was déjà vu for Rachel Shoemaker, who earned the Single Horse Championship for the second consecutive year. Shoemaker drove away with her first blue ribbon and championship at Devon in 2015, and returned successfully to defend her title.

Shoemaker is the fifth generation of her family to compete at the Devon Horse Show, and she proudly represented her heritage driving the Willisbrook Farm’s Ralli Cart.

Along with the Challenge Trophy and tricolor ribbon, Shoemaker was presented the Championship Apron by Misdee Wrigley Miller.

The skilled driver sped to a first place finish in the Single Horse Scurry Tuesday night with a time of 74.176. The blue ribbon was not her first of the division, as she drove away with a victory in the Horse Single Harness, 2-Wheel class on Sunday, May 29. After a second-place finish in the Single Horse Pleasure Driving class, Shoemaker earned a total of 19 points to edge out her competition and defend the championship.

The reserve champion went to Tara Miliziano-Crowley, who handed Shoemaker her only second-place finish of the division. Miliziano-Crowley made her first appearance of the weekend in a Sutdebaker Phaeton in Tuesday night’s Single Horse Pleasure Driving class. She won the Devon blue ribbon and was awarded the Witteveen Friesian Perpetual Trophy.

The Coaching competitors returned to the Dixon Oval Tuesday evening to drive another class closer to the championship, which will take place Friday at approximately 8:30 p.m. John White drove his Road Coach Excelsior to his second consecutive victory in the division.

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Phoenix Cooke and Skys Burnin Blue Bring Home Adult Jumper Championship at Devon

Phoenix Cooke and Skys Burnin Blue.

Devon, Pa. – May 30, 2016 – After a long road together, Phoenix Cooke and Skys Burnin Blue will bring home the best thing of all: a Devon blue ribbon. The pair produced the only double-clear effort in the $7,500 North American League Adult Amateur Jumper Classic at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Their impressive performance was also good enough to earn the Adult Amateur Jumper Championship after two days of competition.

“This is a big one for us,” said Cooke. “We have been working really hard all year. Devon has been the big goal. It’s always exciting just to qualify. It’s an honor just to be here.”

Nine entries advanced to the final tiebreaker during Monday night’s highlight event, but in an effort to set a fast pace the rails fell throughout the course. Barbara Rochford and Chili Pepper were the first to incur four faults, but their slower time of 41.296 seconds would only hold up for fourth place.

Sheila Ann Sadighi and Ulano bested Rochford, despite lowering the height of a vertical on their way to a time of 39.488 seconds. That time would eventually earn Sadighi second place. The third place ribbon went to Maureen Blackstone and CL Debutante, whose four-fault time of 40.073 seconds slipped between Rochford and Sadighi.

Cooke and Skys Burnin Blue entered the Dixon Oval midway through the tiebreaker for their chance at the blue ribbon. Despite seeing the competition struggle for a speedy and clear round, they still went for the time and secured it. The duo clocked the fastest round of the night in 39.311 seconds and left all the rails intact, galloping away with the win.

Skys Burnin Blue is a 10-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse that Cooke’s trainer Stefanie Portman rescued six years ago. Together, Portman and Cooke worked to slowly bring the talented young mare up through the ranks.

“It was tough for me,” admitted Cooke. “I did hunters for 12 years and I had never been on a speedy horse. We worked from the bottom, and we did the 2’6″ jumpers for a while. I’ve always liked the projects and I’ve always liked to work hard for things in life.”

Cooke graduated from college in 2015 and currently works at J. P. Morgan, while also trying to balance her competitive equestrian dreams. “I just started a new position and there is a lot to learn,” said Cooke. “I go from work to the barn and luckily, Stephanie is willing to wait for me. She’s hard on me, but it pays off and that’s what makes good horsemanship. She always makes horsemanship the number one priority.”

Skys Burnin Blue has been the perfect partner for the young adult, who tries to ride four-to-five days a week. “She is very brave and very honest,” said Portman. “For a working adult it’s a nice thing to go in the ring and not have to worry. Skys Burnin Blue is way more than we ever thought she would be.  We started her off as a hunter for a year just to get the basics. She was just too sparky to do the hunters, so we tried the jumpers. We had goals and we thought it would be great if she did the 3′ and she has just been so much more. She never lets you down. She’s so much fun!”

Monday night marked the conclusion of the Adult Jumper division, but on Tuesday the Open Jumpers will get underway with the $50,000 Devon Welcome Stake, the first of the FEI CSI4* events at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Highlight events during the week include the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

Strong Start for Nick Haness and Chris Payne in Professional Hunter Divisions

On Memorial Monday at the Devon Horse Show, amidst a sea of red, white and blue spectators, the professional hunter divisions took center stage in the Dixon Oval.

The First Year Green Hunter division kicked off the morning, with California-based rider Nick Haness stealing the show on Technicolor. The duo’s back-to-back scores of 91 and 92 secured them the blue ribbon in both over fences classes.

Nick Haness and Technicolor
Nick Haness and Technicolor

“When I got on him today to show, I knew he was on his game,” Haness said. “I know him pretty well, and today he for sure came out feeling like it was going to be a good day. Today was extra special for me because I’ve never won a class at Devon before. Winning one gave me goosebumps all morning, so winning two, I’m still in shock. It’s very exciting. I’m just happy that it went well and he was good.”

Haness said he imported Technicolor in 2015 and sold him to Lindsay Maxwell, who trains with Archie Cox and shows in the Amateur Owner Hunters. Haness described the 6-year-old gelding as a natural athlete.

“He is pretty much the most amazing feeling horse to ride,” Haness said. “It’s nice to be able to ride a horse that is so natural and that you don’t have to create anything. He just goes around the course and does it himself. He’s my ride. I think that’s why we get along. It’s nice to be able to let go and just go to the jumps. He gets there and just fires over them, so it’s a lot of fun.”

Taking second place to Haness in the first over-fences class were Kelley Farmer and Publicized with a score of 89. Third place went to Jennifer Alfano and The Exchange with a score of 88.

In the second round, the results were the same, with the second place ribbon going Farmer and Publicized, who earned a score of 90, while Alfano and The Exchange placed third with an 88.

The Green Conformation Hunters were the next to show, with Kelley Farmer and It’s Me claiming the blue in the first class with a score of 91. The red ribbon was awarded to Scott Steward, who earned a score of 90 aboard William Hill. Hunt Tosh and Patriot claimed the third place ribbon with a score of 88.5.

In the second class, Tosh and Patriot came back and caught the judges’ attention, earning a score of 93 to edge out the pack. Stewart took home both second and third on Denver and Fun, respectively.

In the Green Conformation Model, the judges pinned the blue ribbon on Stewart and Fun, while Larry Glefke and It’s Me took second. Third place went to Farmer and Clever Conversation, while Tosh and Patriot ended up fourth.

The Second Year Green Hunter division rounded out the day’s hunter action, where Christopher Payne and Truman’s high-scoring rounds of 90 and 91 earned them both of the blue ribbons over fences.

“He didn’t show last year here, so I was wondering if he would be intimidated by the crowd,” Payne commented. “In the first round, he held his breath a little bit, but he really let go in the second round and just rode beautifully.”

Payne said the bay gelding seldom has a bad day, and he loves the horse for his personality.

“He’s wonderful to ride,” Payne said. “He tries so hard. It may not always play out in our favor, but he always tries with everything he has. He never has a bad day, even in the stall. He’s a happy, happy horse constantly. I just love him.”

In the first class, Stewart and Dominik took home second with a score of 89. Third place went to Haness and Countdown, who earned an 88.

Returning for the second class, Haness and Countdown moved up to the second place spot with a score of 89. Megan Young and Comanche took home third with their score of 88.

The professional hunter divisions will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the championships being awarded for the First Year Green Hunters, the Green Conformation Hunters and the Second Year Green Hunters on Tuesday.

The Grand Hunter Championship will be awarded on Wednesday, with the highlight $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby following on Thursday.

The final feature event during the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will be the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*, which takes place on Saturday evening.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

Richard O’Donnell Drives Away with the Horse Pairs Championship

On Memorial Day Monday, Richard O’Donnell drove away with the Horse Pairs Championship at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. With 19 points accumulated among three classes, O’Donnell held a two-point edge over Reserve Champion, Linda Weinberg, to win the Challenge Trophy and tricolor ribbon.

“It’s an honor to be named Champion, especially here at Devon,” O’Donnell, President of the Board of Directors of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Inc., said. “It’s special. It’s where champions meet. I’ve competed her for over 40 years and to be named champion speaks volumes.”

The O’Donnell team drove to victory in comfort in their 1880 Spider Phaeton. The Philadelphia-native carriage is one of 16 vintage vehicles the O’Donnell’s own and have on display in their home-base museum.

“It makes the horses feel better when they hear the crowd cheering,” O’Donnell added about the Devon Horse Show spectators. “It means the world to me to see the community enjoying the hard work that went on behind the scenes to put this event together.”

The focus shifted to ponies for the evening events. Lisa Koehler’s Koehler Gig, driven by Nicole Cable, received the Joseph M. Pierce Challenge Trophy in the Single/Pair Pony Driving Championship for the third consecutive year. Their consistent record in Sunday and Monday’s classes, including wins in Monday night’s Single/Pair Pony – Pleasure Turnout and Sunday’s Single Harness Two Wheeled Vehicles, placed them ahead of the competition. The reserve championship in the competitive division went to Rebekah McNeil, who drove a McNeil Saylor Wagon and had the fastest time in the Scurry Driving class to earn her the blue ribbon.

The coaching division was also a featured event in the Monday evening session. John White drove away with the first victory in the coaching and appointments division in a Road Coach Excelsior. The coaching classes will continue throughout the week at the Devon Horse Show.

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Tradition Continues at Devon Horse Show and Country Fair with 50th Carriage Pleasure Drive

Championship Drive-Off Winner John White.

Devon, Pa. – May 29, 2016 – For 120 years, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has prided itself on the exceptional talent that pours in to compete at the oldest horse show in the country. Tradition is an important staple of this 11-day event, and the Carriage Pleasure Drive has been part of that tradition for 50 years.

The well-known Drive is expected every Sunday before Memorial Day. Families, friends and locals line the streets and the Devon Horse Show grounds to watch and admire the beauty and grace of the horses, carriages and presentation of the whips and passengers.

“This is home,” said Devon Horse Show Director, Richard O’ Donnell. “I can’t give enough thanks to the folks along the route of the marathon today. We came upon people who were giving water out to everybody. That’s community support. I think the community really does welcome this competition.”

O’Donnell has been involved with the horse show for 45 years, and made his 42nd appearance in the Carriage Pleasure Drive with his wife by his side in the Double-Harness Pairs-Tandems class.

The two, along with their groom, enjoyed the 40-minute route in their Spider Phaeton carriage, which was built in 1880. The Philadelphia-native vehicle has been kept in its original state, since the O’Donnell’s purchased it at auction about three years ago.

“This is our second year using it here at Devon,” O’Donnell added. “Everything on it is in the original state we bought it in at auction, except for the wheels that have been repainted. It’s a very comfortable vehicle.”

The classic vehicle was being pulled by “Teddy” and “Billy.” The horses have been with the O’Donnell’s for eight years, and are used for riding and driving.

“Our horses are Hackney/Clydes,” O’Donnell proudly stated. “We have four of them at home. They’re wonderful animals and fun to be around. They’re big, but they’re teddy bears. There isn’t a mean bone in either one of their bodies.”

The Unicorns and Four-in-Hands class was won by John White, who was also crowned the Drive-Off Champion. He was accompanied by three other passengers in a Heavy Dog Cart carriage. The vintage vehicle was pulled by four beautiful grey Kladruber horses.

“This is the oldest horse show in the country,” White said. “It’s a very special event for people who are interested in horses and people like me that are interested in carriages. This marathon is a special event that gives you a chance to show your horses off not just in the ring, but on the road.”

White, who drove down from his New Jersey home for the Drive, imported the horses from the Czech Republic and has had the team for five years.

The vehicle has been in the White family for ten years and has been driven by White for six years at Devon, at which time he started competing in the historic horse show.

“The carriage is called a dog cart,” White explained. “It was used when people were going hunting with dogs. There is a compartment underneath that was used to put the dogs in. This particular carriage was built in Belgium in the 1880s.”
At noon, the crowd cheered as the gate opened for the first group of competitors that drove into the Dixon Oval for the Single-Harness Two-Wheel class, which was won by Rachel Shoemaker. The Malvern, Pennsylvania resident rode in a late 1800s Kimball Brother Ralli Cart.

Sequentially following Shoemaker’s blue-ribbon victory was Betsy Demarino VMD, who rode away with the victory in the Single-Harness Four-Wheel class. Demarino sported a circa 1860 English Ralli Cart by Moor & Sons.

The wins of O’Donnell and White followed the above classes and wrapped up the horse division of the Carriage Pleasure Drive. Soon after, the pony-driven carriages stole the show.

The Single-Harness Two- and Four-Wheel classes were won by Nicole Cable and Katie Kashner and their ponies, respectively.

The final pony contenders drove into the ring for the Double-Harness Pairs-Tandems class. Mary Stokes Waller rode away triumphantly in her Spider Phaeton carriage with Welsh pony brothers pulling the vehicle.

Spectators anticipated the arrival of Roberta O’Dell, who is known for her clever and witty carriage appearances each year. The 92-year-old was dressed as a jailer and rode in a Police Wagon that was being pulled by four white mules in the Light Commercial and Farmer’s class.

Driving continues tomorrow with Pair Horses Pleasure Turnout and Championship followed by Scurry Driving in the morning. The evening session features Coaching, Pair Pony Pleasure Turnout and Championship, as well as Pony Scurry Driving.

Bailey Doloff and Wishlea Star Dasher Score Pony Jumper Championship

Junior Weekend at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has come to a close, but not before Bailey Doloff rode away two blue ribbons and a championship in the Pony Jumpers. On Sunday afternoon, he piloted Wishlea Star Dasher to a victory in the second class of the division, and then returned in the evening to deliver the only double clear in the $2,500 Pony Jumper Classic and earn the division’s championship prize.

Bailey Doloff and Wishlea Star Dasher
Bailey Doloff and Wishlea Star Dasher

“It’s such an honor,” expressed Doloff. “It’s such a big show, and it’s been building up for months. We have spent months working and practicing and using other shows as schooling instead of trying to win just try to school to get ready for this show.”

Earlier in the day Doloff again had the only double clear round in the Pony Jumpers to earn a blue ribbon with Wishlea Star Dasher. Despite rain beginning to fall during the $2,500 Pony Jumper Classic, Doloff kept his focus on the task at hand – delivering clear rounds.

“My whole plan was just to have clear rounds and not worry about the time, because I’d rather have placed third three times than try to rush and have any rails,” explained Doloff. “It also started raining, so I wanted to make sure Dasher didn’t slip or anything.”

Maya Lovdal set the pace to beat as the first to return for the jump-off in the Classic with Miracles Happen. However, in an attempt to set a fast time, the pair had one rail down, and would settle for second place in a time of 34.552 seconds. Catherine Wilson had a more conservative time as the second to return aboard EZ To Spot, but they also lowered the height of a fence to place third.

As the last to enter the Dixon Oval, Doloff knew he just needed to leave all the fences intact during the jump-off. Despite an issue with the timers that delayed his start, Doloff and Wishlea Star Dasher were ready to win, and that is exactly what they did. The pair carefully cleared each obstacle, breaking the beam at 36.604 seconds to claim their second blue ribbon of the day and win the Pony Jumper Championship.

“The delay was better because it gave Dasher more time just to settle,” laughed Doloff. “He gets excited when he goes into the ring for the first time, so it just gave him more time to settle and relax. The first two people before had rails, so it was more just about making sure I was clear.”

This is Doloff’s third year competing at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and he has been riding Wishlea Star Dancer since the spring of 2014. “He’s kind of unpredictable because a lot of times he’s fresh and will take off and rear, so it takes a lot of patience,” admitted Doloff. “He surprisingly needs a forward ride because he can get too choppy and get rails. Today he felt great!”

The Pony Jumper Reserve Championship went to Saturday’s winner, Just One Look with Prima Rose Bonaventura in the irons. Caitlin Pedersen was presented with the Pony Jumper Style Award for exhibiting the best classical jumper style of riding.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will continue Monday with the kick-off of the Professional Hunter divisions, as well as the $7,500 North American League Adult Amateur Classic followed by the Adult Jumper Championship. Highlight events during the week include the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

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Eve Jobs and Sandor de la Pomme Sweep Junior Jumper Titles at Devon Horse Show

Eve Jobs and Sandor de la Pomme. Photo By: The Book, LLC.

Devon, Pa. – May 28, 2016 – Eve Jobs has closed out her first and last Junior Weekend at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on a spectacular note. Competing in the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic, Jobs and Sandor de la Pomme topped an eight-horse jump-off to take home the prestigious victory. Combined with a second place finish during Friday night’s event, Jobs also captured the Junior Jumper Championship and the Leading Junior Jumper Rider Award for her outstanding performances over the weekend.

“This is my first time here at Devon, and it’s my last class here, so I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end it,” expressed Jobs. “I think my horses have been so consistent and so amazing all three days. To win the Leading Junior Jumper Rider Award is just so special to me, because it showed that I was consistent over the last three days, which is important to me.”

Twenty-eight entries took their turn over the Kelvin Bywater course, but only eight were able to advance to the final tiebreaker. Emma Sargent and Winchester set the time to beat as the first pair to complete the jump-off without error, but they were more conservative with a time of 43.634 seconds.

Jobs and Sandor de la Pomme entered the ring one round later and still had three horses coming behind them. Leaving nothing to chance, they made tight turns and galloped speedily through the timers in 37.109 seconds to take over the top spot.

“The plank was a very careful jump, so we definitely practiced it in the warm-up with the short turn,” noted Jobs. “I was most worried about that jump. After that it was just nice. I had a rub on the last two fences, and I got lucky today. I couldn’t have asked for more from my horse.”

None of the other riders were able to best Jobs’ time and leave the jumps intact. McKayla Langmeier had the fastest 4-fault round as the pathfinder during the tiebreaker with Manhattan. Their beautiful effort earned them the third place honors as well as the Shalanno Style of Riding Award, which is presented to the junior rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation.

The fourth place award went to Giavanna Rinaldi and Dulf van den Bisschop, who also had one rail, while Friday night’s winners Madison Goetzmann and Wrigley rounded out the top five and earned the Junior Jumper Reserve Championship.

Seventeen-year-old Jobs began riding Sandor de la Pomme in December of 2014 and has been riding with Missy Clark and John Brennan since she was 12 years old. “I’ve had Sandor de la Pomme for about a year and a half,” said Jobs. “He is the most amazing horse. I have so many incredible things to say about him. He has brought me up from the 1.30m to this level. He’s really a once in a lifetime horse.”

Although this is Jobs’ last junior year, she is dedicated to the sport and plans to spend the summer in Europe and take a gap year before college to focus on riding. “I plan to be down in Florida after Finals in November,” she stated. “I have a great group of horses under me right now and great trainers. We’ll see where it takes us!”

Jobs concluded, “I’d love to thank my groom, Ruben Herrera, and the whole staff at North Run. There are so many people who put in all the time and work. It really makes the job easier for me.”

The action will continue Sunday with the Carriage Pleasure Drive and Pony Jumper Championship. Highlight events during the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair include the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

For more information, please visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

Emma Kurtz Outshines the Field in Junior Hunter Divisions

For junior superstar Emma Kurtz, delivering four amazing rounds atop the stunning Evermore to sweep the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division was a piece of cake. The judges also selected Kurtz and Evermore as the winners of the Angelo Perpetual Trophy for exemplifying classic hunter style.

Emma Kurtz and Evermore
Emma Kurtz and Evermore

Evermore is a fairly new ride for Kurtz, who said the 6-year-old gelding set foot in the Dixon Oval for the first time on Friday. Kurtz and Scott Stewart both showed Evermore at WEF and Kentucky in the Juniors and First Years, respectively, before heading to Devon.

“He’s pretty impressive, but I had no expectations at all for him,” Kurtz explained. “I know he’s an amazing horse, but he’s still green, so sometimes he makes mistakes; it’s normal. And then after I won both classes the first day, the second day was the same thing. The handy was a little difficult, so I wanted to have a smooth round and not scare him or anything. He jumped it great, so it was good.”

In addition to the division championship, Kurtz and Evermore rode away with the Overall Small Junior Hunter Championship and the Devon Grand Junior Hunter Championship.

“It was incredible,” Kurtz smiled. “We just kept having to keep circling back. It was funny. I think I have five new saddle pads.”

Emma’s mother, Chris Kurtz, said she was very proud of her daughter.

“It’s a very unique situation for us where she doesn’t own anything of her own,” Chris explained. “Her dad is a high school math teacher. To be able to do this at this level… just the people and the support are incredible. Amanda (Lyerly) looks out for her and is always coordinating things for her. She obviously has to ride well and keep the rides, but the generosity of people has been overwhelming.”

Kurtz also earned the honor of second-best child rider on a horse, while the top honors went to McKayla Langmeier. Lucy Deslauriers earned the third place recognition, and Coco Fath earned enough points for fourth.

“It’s amazing,” Langmeier said. “I actually thought Emma was going to get it. The week started out really well because I had my horse in the equitation that I’ve known forever, and then John (Brennan) was so nice to let me ride his two hunters. It’s such a prestigious horse show, and it’s an anniversary year, which makes it even more special.”

The Overall Large Junior Hunter Championship was awarded to Teddy Vlock and Grey Street, who also earned the championship in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division.

Vlock, who only began riding four years ago, said Grey Street was his first junior hunter. Over the course of a year, the duo went from being unable to claim even a reserve championship to being crowned circuit champions at WEF and winning at Devon.

“He’s a horse of a lifetime for me,” Vlock said. “Not only is he a famous horse, but he’s also helped me get some exposure. I’m really grateful to him. My other horses are actually easier for me to find the jumps on, but I just have such a good connection with him at this point that I ride him better. The more rounds I get with him, the better it gets. He’s been awesome all year. He’s number one in the country right now.”

The reserve championship in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division went to Hunter Siebel and Pure Abundance.

In the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under division, Kaitlyn Williams and Rockette earned enough points to come away with the championship. McKayla Langmeier and Levland were awarded the reserve championship honors.

The Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under championship went to Emma Kurtz and Evermore, while the reserve championship was earned by McKayla Langmeier and Maraschino.

In the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 division, the championship was claimed by Hunter Siebel and Krave, with Bergen Sanderford and Perspective picking up the reserve championship.

Augusta Iwasaki and Kingston Earn Devon Grand Hunter Pony Championship

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair added several more champions to its historic list of victors on Saturday. With Junior Weekend winding down, many young and hopeful riders awaited to hear final results announced in the Gold Ring. However, only one was crowned the Devon Grand Hunter Pony Champion and that was Augusta Iwasaki.

The 12-year-old rider and her 13-year-old mount, Kingston, had a triumphant weekend in the Large Pony Hunter division. Over the course of two days, Iwasaki secured three first place ribbons to lock in the Large Pony Hunter Championship and the overall Grand Hunter Pony Championship.

“He’s perfect,” Iwasaki said about Kingston. “He’s amazing. He takes some leg, but not a lot of it. Other than that, he’s perfect. It felt really good to win the Grand Champion at Devon. It’s my favorite horse show.”

Liz Reilly, who assumes the role of mother and trainer, shed some light on her daughter’s training. “They work on being straight,” she commented. “Other than that, she takes lessons with the big kids. They could jump the horse jumps, take the horse strides. We don’t do pony lessons. Kingston is a ‘freak-a-zoid’ of a pony. He’s very special.”

Also celebrating victories in the Gold Ring was the Gochman family. Sisters, Mimi and Sophie Gochman, secured multiple tricolor ribbons on Saturday.

The reserve championship title in the Large Pony Hunter division went to the older of the two siblings, Mimi Gochman, who also earned the reserve honors in the Medium Pony Hunter division.

“Devon is one of the best shows,” Mimi expressed. “It’s one of my favorites, for sure. I love Devon. Being reserve at Devon is a big honor, because it’s hard to qualify, hard to do well and even harder to get reserve.”

Sharing her sentiments about Devon was Mimi’s younger sister, Sophie, who rode away with the champion and reserve champion recognition in the Small Pony Hunter division.

“This is one of my favorite shows,” Sophie said. “It’s such a privilege to be here and to qualify. I love the fair. I love showing here. It’s such a great atmosphere. I love the crowds.”

Sophie posed with Bit of Love for the championship presentation photo, before running out of the ring and swapping ponies for the reserve championship photo op with Love Me Tender. Between the two ponies, Sophie rode away with five blue ribbons.

“Bit of Love is a little bit more round,” Sophie said, while comparing her ponies. “His stride is a bit bouncier, while Love Me Tender is really long and low. For Love Me Tender you have to be really soft on her neck, or she gets a little sassy. For Bit of Love, you just have to move very slow and smooth.”

The New York natives train with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley at River’s Edge Farm, and have been working out of the New Jersey base for about three years.

“I’ve known Scott for a really long time,” Sophie shared. “He knows my quirks. He tells me I have to stay still and calm down. He’s so great and I’ve learned so much since I’ve been with him.”

Grace Debney was crowned champion of the Medium Pony Hunter division. She pulled double duties in the medium pony classes, riding Sportster and Denmark.

“Sportster is kind of slow, but he has an amazing personality,” Debney said about her top-performing pony. “He’s kind of goofy and he’s so sweet. He just wants to do his job right. We’ve been together for a year.”

Proud trainer, Stacey Schaefer, shared her thoughts on the two ponies and how they’ve transformed Debney’s riding. “It was nice that Denmark got to win a class here, because he’s been a rock, and he’s shown her the way. Without him she could never have learned to ride Sporty. Denmark has won the USEF Pony Medal finals a few times – he’s been great. He hasn’t been here for a long time because he hasn’t had that hard of a job. But it was easy for her to get him qualified without going to many horse shows. He’s definitely special.”

The Junior Weekend will come to a close on Sunday with the highlight event being Pony Jumper Championship, and the Adult Jumpers will close out the evening session at the Dixon Oval.

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Lucy Deslauriers Claims Top Honors in R. W. Mutch Equitation Championship at Devon

Lucy Deslauriers and Class Action.

Devon, PA – May 27, 2016 – Junior Weekend at Devon Horse Show continued Friday as eight winners from sections of the four equitation divisions were invited back to the Dixon Oval to contend for the 2016 R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship. For the first time, the coveted award was presented to the winner of a stand-alone class, rather than on an overall high-point basis.

Each of the eight riders qualified for the Championship class by placing first in one of the equitation divisions – the ASPCA Maclay, the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal, the WIHS Jumper Phase or the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.

This year, it was Lucy Deslauriers who rose up to earn the title, besting the field of talented young riders to claim the honor.

“It’s an honor to qualify, let alone come out with a win,” Deslauriers expressed. “This show and the championship have a lot of prestige and tradition. Qualifying was something I was definitely proud to do. I was excited to have another opportunity. It was definitely a little bit trickier having another class and finding a few more distances, but I was overall very excited to do the class.”

Deslauriers, who trains with Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables, chose to ride Class Action. The 17-year-old superstar carried her to wins in the WIHS and Talent Search on Thursday.

“I felt really confident in my rides yesterday on this horse,” Deslauriers said. “He had been in this ring twice already, so I knew it would be a good decision to choose him. As long I didn’t mess up, he was going to do his job. He feels really great, especially for being 17. We try not to do too much with him and respect his age. He knows his job. We try to do as much as we can, but trust that he’ll respond.”

Madden was very proud of Deslauriers’ performance and praised the rising talent’s attention to detail in her rounds.

“Lucy loves the sport,” Madden said. “She’s an unbelievable stylist, and I think the judges really appreciate her natural style and ability to ride with the motion with the horses. I think all of her jumper experience that she has gained through the years has given her an extreme amount of confidence when she goes into the equitation ring.”

With blue ribbons already under their belts, Daisy Farish, T. J. O’Mara, Madison Goetzmann, McKayla Langmeier, Maya Nayyar, Katherine Bundy and Ellie Ferrigno also tried their hand at the Alan Lohman-designed course.

Farish delivered a well-executed round atop Cassio and impressed the judges to secure the reserve champion honors.

“I think [the class] was awesome and added another element of challenge,” Farish said. “It brought a whole other feeling to it. First we have all our classes, and now the added championship class. It gives it an important feeling. I think Lucy was leading whether it was the other format or not, so she deserved it.”

Following in third place was Goetzmann, who earned her ticket by winning a section of the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal on Thursday. Fourth place was awarded to Ellie Ferrigno, who won a section of the Maclay earlier on Friday morning. Langmeier ended up taking home fifth, while Bundy, Nayyar and O’Mara all experienced some unfortunate difficulties on course to finish sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Madden, who holds a seat on the USHJA equitation committee, explained the committee’s thought process surrounding the decision to update the format of the Ronnie Mutch Championship.

“The format of the class was really to have the kids be able to go head-to-head,” Madden explained. “Before, there would be two or three winners, and they were trying to break away from the idea of having multiple winners in a class that is supposed to deem the ‘championship rider.’

“I think it’s important for everyone to understand that we weren’t trying to add another class or see more jumping,” Madden continued. “We really wanted to give these kids an opportunity at a national horse show like this to compete head-to-head in the middle of the show year instead of making them wait until the end. I like the format, and I thought it ran well. It was a very different vibe behind the scenes, for me anyway. You had more focus on the class and less focus on all the point calculations.”

The action will continue with the Junior Hunter divisions on Saturday. Highlight events during the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will include the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

Madison Goetzmann and Wrigley Go for Devon Blue in Junior Jumpers

The Junior Jumper riders continued to showcase their skill Friday as the highlight event for the evening lineup at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Longtime Devon competitor and former Pony Hunter Champion, Madison Goetzmann, and her veteran mount Wrigley bested a 10-horse jump-off to take home the Devon blue with a speedy clear effort at the end of the night.

Madison Goetzmann and Wrigley
Madison Goetzmann and Wrigley

“I love this show,” expressed Goetzmann. “Sometimes when I’m cantering in this ring, I look over to the Gold Ring and I reminisce about going around on the ponies. It’s weird to move up so quickly, but it’s such an amazing feeling being in this atmosphere with all the fans. It’s really great.”

Francesca Dildabanian set the time to beat as the second to return for the tiebreaker with Catika Van De Helle. The pair produced the first double clear round, breaking the beam at 42.636 seconds. One round later, Eve Jobs rode with her eye on the prize aboard Sandor De La Pomme. They easily moved into the lead with a time of 37.932 seconds, but would only hold the top spot for a few moments.

Goetzmann’s speedy mare Wrigley was in top form and easily sliced the sharp turns, clearing each obstacle. They galloped over the final oxer with the time in hand, crossing the finish line in 36.801 seconds.

“The plan was to have a fast and efficient jump off,” explained Goetzmann. “However, I did not want to overdo anything or do any risky turns that can result in a fault or anything like that. Going in there I wanted to get the Devon blue, but I didn’t want to get her too wound up. My mare is super great about the tight turns and the gallop. We caught every jump at a nice gallop and she jumped her heart out for me. She was awesome.”

Jobs had one more chance to take the top spot with her second qualified mount Quickley 3, but in their effort to catch the time they lowered the height of the final oxer. They stopped the clock at 35.648 seconds, over a full second ahead of Goetzmann, but four faults would mean settling for fourth place. Goetzmann picked up the win, while Jobs and Sandor De La Pomme placed second. Dildabanian rounded out the top three aboard Catika Van De Helle.

“It’s such an amazing feeling to walk into the ring, knowing you have an awesome horse under you,” smiled Goetzmann. “I’m so grateful to have her as my horse. She always gives me the confidence to go in there and to win.”

Goetzmann added, “Practice makes perfect with horses. I’ve been riding Wrigley for over a year now. Each day we grow together. Each day we’re working on something new. There is always something to work on with your horse. I find that super helpful to keep in mind, when I’m working with her. We trust each other. She has my trust and I have her trust. We’ve really developed a great partnership.”

Goetzmann is now focused on winning Saturday’s main event, the $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic. On Sunday, the Pony Jumper division will take over the Dixon Oval. Later this week, the best in the country will compete in Thursday’s $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*.

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Bright Start for T. J. O’Mara in Equitation Divisions at Devon Horse Show

T. J. O’Mara and Kaskade.

Devon, PA – May 26, 2016 – As the sun rose over the Dixon Oval, T. J. O’Mara rode into the ring ready to make the most of his final junior season at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The rising talent did just that, riding away with his first blue ribbon in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search. O’Mara was also awarded the Honey Craven Perpetual Memorial Trophy for delivering the highest-scoring round in the Talent Search.

“I’ve been coming here since I was 12,” O’Mara said. “I’ve been here for the equitation for many years. I’ve received every other ribbon except for first, so it feels good! That was my goal for this year, and it feels great. Kaskade is really just amazing; I couldn’t have asked for a better horse.”

O’Mara, who trains with Max Amaya, said he began working with the 10-year-old mare in early 2013, making this year the duo’s fourth appearance at Devon.

“I know her temperament pretty well,” O’Mara commented. “She’s normally pretty chill in the ring and tends to build up towards the end of the course. So, I was a little worried about the water, but she was really just amazing. She was a hunter before this, so she has a nice extension.”

The day began with the WIHS Jumper Phase, which was split into three sections. It was Lucy Deslauriers’ score of 94 that took the top spot, while Maya Nayyar’s score of 92 also earned her a blue ribbon. The third blue ribbon was awarded to McKayla Langmeier with a score of 90.

“Skyfall was really great for his first class,” Langmeier said. “He went in there, didn’t spook at anything and went right to it. I really liked the course. For the first course, you never know what you’re going to get. You don’t know if it’s going to be hard, and if the time allowed is going to be really short, but it was nice and inviting.”

The second-place finishers in the WIHS were T. J. O’Mara, Summer Hill and Katherine Bundy, while the third-place ribbons were awarded to Samantha Cohen, Adele McKenna and Daisy Farish.

In the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, which was split into two sections, Lucy Deslauriers joined O’Mara as the second winner.

“I had just come from doing the [WIHS] jumper phase, and I knew Class Action was going well today,” Deslauriers said. “Everything was going according to plan, so I just tried to ride the plan. I had to take care of the time and the jumps are a little bigger, but I felt pretty confident going in. It was a good first course to start the weekend. I usually ride Class Action in both the Washington and USEF, so I knew going in that he knew his job.”

Deslauriers, who trains with Stacia Madden, said she has been riding the 17-year-old gelding, Class Action, for two years.

“He’s a veteran,” Deslauriers added. “He’s been coming to this show for a number of years, so he knows his job. As long as I don’t get in his way, he rides according to plan.”

The second-place spots in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search went to Carly Hoft and McKayla Langmeier, with Madison Goetzmann and Daisy Farish taking home thirds.

“They stepped it up for the USEF,” Langmeier commented. “But I know Skyfall pretty well, like the back of my hand. He’s a pretty special horse to me. He’s won all over. I always know going into the ring that he’s going to be there and try to win.”

As the day continued with the Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal, which was also divided into three sections, Daisy Farish, Madison Goetzmann and Katherine Bundy took home the top honors. Second place went to Samantha Cohen, Lucy Deslauriers and McKayla Langmeier, with third place going to Taylor St. Jacques, Emma Kurtz and Ellyn Fritz.

Thursday’s winners will continue on to compete for the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship High Point Award on Friday morning, which, for the first time, will awarded by class results instead of on a point basis.

O’Mara, whose sisters have each missed claiming the Ronnie Mutch High Point Award by one point, said he is looking forward to competing in the class for the honor.

“Meg and Abbey say they would’ve won it if it was a class, and now it is,” O’Mara commented. “I hope I win, but I know there is going to be a bunch of great riders in there, mostly from my barn. Hopefully it’ll be friendly competition. I’m excited to see what happens.”

Regardless of the results, the riders and horses alike are glad to be back at Devon.

“This is such a fun show,” Deslauriers said. “I’ve been coming here since I was doing the medium ponies. So, everyone knows what to expect. The fair, the fudge, the tea sandwiches – everything about it is so much fun. I’m really excited to be back.”

The equitation will conclude on Friday with the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship class and resulting High Point Award. Highlight events during the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will include the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

Brian Moggre and MTM Flutterby Master Junior Jumper Welcome Speed

For many riders, competing at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is at the top of their list of goals – winning is just icing on the cake. For Brian Moggre, his first trip to Devon is proving to be a dream come true. Qualifying for the Junior Jumper division after a successful winter season at HITS Ocala, he and his 9-year-old Thoroughbred gelding MTM Flutterby showcased their skills with a win in the $3,750 Junior Jumper Speed Stake.

The first event in the Junior Jumper Championship, 26 of the top horse and rider combinations in the country competed in front of the opening day crowd at the Dixon Oval. Giavanna Rinaldi and Dulf Van Den Bisschop set the pace to beat as the first to cross the finish line in under 60 seconds, breaking the beam at 55.355 seconds with all the rails intact.

Katherine Strauss tried to catch the time set by Rinaldi with her mount All In, but was a few seconds shy with a clear time of 59.062 seconds, which would be good enough for fourth place. Eve Jobs slipped ahead of Strauss, piloting Sandor de la Pomme to a faultless effort in 58.659 seconds for third place. Only one rider was able to best Rinaldi – her friend Brian Moggre.

Brian Moggre and MTM Flutterby
Brian Moggre and MTM Flutterby

Moggre and MTM Flutterby picked up a fast gallop to the first fence and never let off the gas. Carefully clearing all of the fences, they dashed across the finish line in 55.355 seconds, just 5/10ths of a second faster to take over the top spot and lead the lap of honor at the end of the night.

“I made up time in the air,” explained Moggre. “Gia’s horse just jumps more lofty in the air, but we rode similar tracks. My horse is a little closer to the jumps and doesn’t jump as high. She’s not as lofty in the air, and I think that’s what made the difference between the two.”

Moggre has been riding MTM Flutterby for just over a year, and the horse has proven to be much more than he imagined. “She’s not what we expected,” he admitted. “She was a diamond in the rough. We were expecting to buy her and make her an investment horse and sell her later on, but I was like ‘No. I’m keeping this one!'”

The decision certainly paid off. The chestnut Thoroughbred is currently leading the nation in the High Junior Jumper standings, and now has secured Moggre his first victory at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

“She’s a very uphill, hot kind of ride,” noted Moggre. “You have to be really cold. If you’re a rider that gets tense and crazy, you’re not right for her. If you put crazy with crazy, it’s uncontrollable. She’s just awesome and so cool.”

Moggre concluded, “It’s pretty awesome to win the first Junior Jumper class. It’s such a cool horse show and it’s awesome to be here, especially to win. I’m star struck!”

The Junior Jumpers will compete again on Friday, and the champion will be crowned after Saturday night’s $20,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic. Junior riders will take center stage throughout the weekend, competing in the Junior and Pony Hunters, as well as the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship.

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Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Streamed Live by USEF Network

Devon, PA – May 23, 2016 – The 120th Annual Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, just days away from getting underway for the 2016 season, will be featuring a full slate of equestrian action, including the all-new FEI Open Jumper division with a huge boost in prize money, the best professional hunter competition in America, the American Saddlebreds in all their glory, the majestic Coaching division and exhibitions that will thrill the entire family. It all kicks off on Thursday with the traditional Junior Weekend, featuring the top young riders in the nation going head to head in hunters, jumpers and equitation, all leading up to the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship.

On hand to bring coverage of this prestigious horse show to the world will be the USEF Network, planning wall to wall coverage of the show from the famed Dixon Oval and in the Gold Ring.

The Devon Horse Show is ‘Where Champions Meet,’ and the USEF Network will have it all. For more information, visit their website at http://www.usefnetwork.com/.

The USEF Network has begun expanding its role as the leading distribution hub for equestrian sport. In addition to showcasing premier equestrian competitions, including Devon, Old Salem Horse Show, and the Split Rock Jumping Tour, the USEF Network is exploring ways to bring more entertaining and educational content to its audience. This continued evolution reflects the USEF Network’s growing popularity and the demand for increased access to equestrian sport across a variety of platforms.

The USEF Network has also experienced great success in providing interactive and behind-the-scenes content to fans via social media, in tandem with the live and on-demand coverage of events.

Bringing more diversity and enthusiasm to an already proven platform, the USEF Network will incorporate new and existing partners in equestrian sport. Such partners include ShowNet, LLC, who will play a key role in delivering all 10 days of the prestigious competition from the Gold Ring and the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show and County Fair. Last year, the live stream from the Devon Horse Show reached 57 countries, creating an international audience for the world-class event.

In 2015, the USEF Network brought equestrian sport to fans across the globe by broadcasting over 100 days of livestreaming, garnering 4.5 million unique page views, and providing over 3,250 hours of on-demand coverage. Competitions broadcast on the USEF Network benefit from increased exposure to an expansive and passionate fan base through the livestreams, on-demand coverage, and content pushed out to 82,000 registered fans and 445,000 social media followers.

Look for the webcasts beginning on Thursday, May 26 and continuing through the entirety of the 2016 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, ending on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

For information on the Devon Horse Show, visit the website at: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/.

For tickets to this year’s show: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/tickets/dhs-tickets/.

For exhibitor information, visit: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/exhibitors/.

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WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series Announces 2016 Dates

WIHS #PonyPower Kicks Off in May at the Devon Horse Show

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington International Horse Show’s wildly popular Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen, will be held in May and October 2016, commencing Memorial Day weekend at the Devon Horse Show.  The high octane sport features junior jockeys in the saddle racing the cutest, fluffiest Shetland Ponies to the enjoyment of spectators of all ages.

The first stop in the series is the historic Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, Pa., on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, and it concludes in the fall with the finals at the Washington International Horse Show on WIHS Barn Night, Thursday, October 27, and Grand Prix Night, Saturday, October 29, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Introduced in 2013, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase races, dubbed “D.C.’s newest — and cutest — sport” by the Washington Post, are run like professional racing events with a bugler, race caller and photo finish, but in miniature. The jockeys are youngsters from ages seven to 14 mounted on traditional Shetland Ponies racing over a course of mini-hurdles.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response to the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Series from our fans,” said WIHS President Victoria Lowell. “Not only is it really exciting to watch, pony racing is also a great way for kids to get into equestrian sports. Not too many people know that Kent Farrington, currently ranked #6 in the world in show jumping and a frequent competitor at Washington, used to race ponies.”

For those unable to attend in person, the races at Devon and Verizon Center will be streamed live by USEF Network at usefnetwork.com, and archived on WIHS.org. Fans can also follow WIHS on Periscope (@WIHS) for exclusive behind-the-scenes and live race action.

An exciting social media contest will have race fans studying the race card for each pony’s winning form. The #PonyPower Prize Sweepstakes will take place May 29 and 30 in conjunction with the races at Devon. Fans can enter to win a Swag Bag of official WIHS merchandise including VIP tickets to the 58th Annual Washington International Horse Show, October 25-30 at Verizon Center.

Well-established in the United Kingdom, pony racing is growing in popularity in the U.S., thanks in part to Maryland-based U.S. Pony Racing, LLC (USPR), organizer of the WIHS exhibition series, which runs flat and jumping pony races at events throughout the region, including at Pimlico.

“Our partners at USPR work closely with the children and ponies to ensure they are fully prepared for a safe, fun, and exciting race day,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “We love including sports across equestrian disciplines at WIHS, especially those like pony racing that are such fun to watch.”

Ongoing sponsor Charles Owen is no newcomer to pony racing. The Wrexham-based helmet maker has been a significant supporter of pony racing in the U.K. since 2005.

“Charles Owen is delighted to continue its support of the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series,” said Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen. “With our long association with pony racing in the U.K., we’re especially excited to be a part of its growth in the U.S. The WIHS Series at Devon and Washington offer an ideal showcase and we encourage everyone to come out and experience it.”

The 58th annual Washington International Horse Show will take place October 25-30, 2016, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  For the show schedule, tickets, hospitality and more, please visit wihs.org.

For more information on the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Series, visit http://www.wihs.org/shetland-pony-steeplechase.

About Washington International Horse Show, www.wihs.org

Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian sporting events in North America. More than 26,000 spectators attend the six-day show, which includes Olympic-level competition along with community and charity events. More than 500 top horses and riders come to D.C. from all over the globe to jump for more than a half a million dollars in prize money. Highlights include the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, the President’s Cup Grand Prix, presented by Events DC, (Saturday night), The Boeing Company Puissance high jump competition on Military Night (Friday) and Kids’ Day (Saturday), a free, fun and educational community event. The Washington International Horse Show Association, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition and is currently ranked #7 in the Top 25 Horse Shows by the North American Riders Group. WIHS is rated CSI4*-W by the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the world governing body for horse sports.

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Jump Media
lauren@jumpmediallc.com

Junior Riders Prepare for Exciting Change in Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at Devon

Victoria Colvin and VIP Z.

Devon, Pa. – May 5, 2016 – In just a few short weeks, horses and riders will be officially ending their down time relaxing after the Florida circuit as they travel to the historic Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to kick off their spring and summer show schedules.

Junior riders will take center stage in the Dixon Oval as they battle head-to-head for the winning honors in the annual R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship on Friday, May 27. For equitation riders, it is one of the most highly sought-after titles in one’s junior career.

Originally a trophy awarded to the high point rider in the equitation events, this year the Ronnie Mutch Challenge will be a stand-alone event. The winners from each section of the four equitation classes that take place throughout the opening Junior Weekend at Devon – the ASPCA Maclay, Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal, WIHS Equitation Classic, and Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search – will be invited to compete in the highlight event.

After completing the over fences test during the class, judges will have the option to test up to 4 riders if necessary. Following the final test, the newest winner of the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship will be named.

Previous winners from when the event was a high-point trophy include Tori Colvin, Sydney Shulman, and Gabrielle Bausano in 2013 when the talented trio had a three-way tie on VIP Z, Eli, and San Remo VDL, respectively.

Heritage Farm rider Caitlin Boyle claimed the title aboard the equitation veteran, Clearway, in 2014. Boyle clinched the trophy after she triumphed in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and Section B of the ASPCA Maclay, and took second place honors in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal and WIHS Equitation Jumper Phase.

In 2015, it was Don Stewart Stables’ student, Hunter Holloway, and her versatile mount, Any Given Sunday, who walked away with the coveted trophy.

Other top contenders to look for include Lucy Deslauriers, T. J. O’Mara, Maddy Goetzmann, Sophie Michaels and Emma Kurtz. All of them enter Devon having just finished successfully showing in Florida at the Winter Equestrian Festival.

Keep an eye out for these young talents and numerous other leading riders in the Dixon Oval as they vie for the Ronnie Mutch title on the morning of Friday, May 27. This year’s title is up for grabs and it will be exciting to see which rider will rise to the occasion and carve their name into equitation history.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has been consistently attracting crowds of Pennsylvania locals and well as those from afar. Unlike other horse shows, the competition offered at Devon caters to a wide variety of disciplines, such as hunter/jumper/equitation, sidesaddle, breeding and driving. It also features classes specifically for breeds such as Friesians, Saddlebreds, and Hackneys.

For information on the Devon Horse Show, visit the website at: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/.

For tickets to this year’s show: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/tickets/dhs-tickets/.

And for exhibitor information, visit: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/exhibitors/.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Fast Facts

What:
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that office world class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

When:
May 26th through June 5th, 2016

Where:
Devon Horse Show Grounds
23 Dorset Road
Devon, PA

Prize List and Exhibitor Information:
http://www.devonhorseshow.net/exhibitors/exhibitors-info/

New This Year – FEI CSI4* Designation
*$50,000 Devon Welcome Stake (Time first jump-off) on Tuesday night, May 31.
*$40,000 Devon International Speed Stake (Time first round) on Wednesday night, June 1.
*$225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix on Thursday night, June 2nd
*Plus National Jumper classes

Stabling:
Approximately 900 permanent stalls Many barns renovated within the last 5 years
Restroom facilities with showers

Parking:
Limited parking is available for spectators at the Main Lot on Dorset Road across from the Main Entrance.

Directions:

From Philadelphia International Airport
Follow signs to I-95 South and follow I-95 South approximately 5 miles. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the Northeast
Follow I-95 South. Look for I-476 approximately 5 miles South of the Philadelphia
International Airport. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting.
Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the South
Follow I-95 North toward Philadelphia. Once you’ve crossed into Delaware, keep right and take I-495 North via exit 5D toward Port of Wilmington / Philadelphia. Follow for I-495 North and merge onto I-95 North (Crossing into Pennsylvania). Follow I-95 North to I-476 North. Take I-476 N via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the East
Follow the Schuylkill Expressway / I-76 West to I-476 South. Merge onto I-476 South via exit 331A on the left toward Chester. Follow I-476 South for approximately 2 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the West
Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-76 E toward Philadelphia. Take exit 326 toward Valley Forge. Stay in right lane after the tolls. Merge onto US-202 South via exit 328A toward West Chester. Follow US-202 South for approximately 2 miles. Take the PA-252 North exit toward Devon. Make a left onto Valley Forge Road / PA-252. Continue to follow Valley Forge Road for approximately .5 miles and make a slight right turn onto Devon State Road. Follow Devon State road for approximately 1 mile until you reach a dead end. Make a left onto Old Lancaster Road and then an immediate right onto Waterloo Road. Turn left on to Lancaster Avenue / US-30 East and the Devon Horse Show will be on your right within .2 miles.

Mail:

Devon Horse Show Office
PO Box 865, Devon, PA 19333

Devon Horse Show Office
(GPS and UPS & FedEx Deliveries, not for US Postal Service) 23 Dorset Road, Devon, PA 19333

Devon Horse Show Entries
PO Box 158, Devon, PA 19333

Devon Country Fair Office
PO Box 925, Southeastern, PA 19399

Box Seating & Ticket Office
PO Box 742, Devon, PA 19333

Information:

Advertising – (610) 964-0550 x 222
Box Holders – (610) 688-2554
Devon Country Fair – (610) 525-2533
Devon Fall Classic – (610) 964-0550
Entries – (610) 964-2723
Fax – (610) 964-1608
Feed Orders – (610) 964-8407
Facility Rental – (610) 964-0550
Horse Show Office – (610) 964-0550

Information Booth:
Lost & Found – (610) 688-1312 (during show only)
Sponsorship – (610) 964-0550 x 211
Stable Office – (610) 688-2665
Tickets and Tables – (610) 688-2554

Vendors:
Horse Show – (610) 964-0550 x 222
Country Fair – (610) 525-2533

Website:
www.Devonhorseshow.org

Charity Partner:
To date, volunteers have raised over $14,000,000 for Bryn Mawr Hospital

Ring dimensions and footing:
Dixon Oval: 325′ x 150′
Gold Ring: 300′ x 130′
The Dixon Oval, Gold Ring, and the Schooling Area all have state of the art all weather footing by Equestrian Services International.

Management:
David Distler
Peter Doubleday

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