H.L. (Sandy) Schwartz III, founder and publisher of The Horse of Delaware Valley, died June 11
By SARA CAVANAGH
WEST CHESTER, Pa.--H. L. Schwartz III, who, as a reporter for The Associated Press in 1972 co-authored an exclusive story linking Richard Nixon’s re-election committee to the Watergate break-in and, in doing so, helped launch one of the biggest scandals of the 20th Century, died on June 11 after a long illness.
H.L. (Sandy) SchwartzHe was 83 years old. The cause of death was congestive heart failure
When five burglars were arrested in the early hours of Saturday June 18, 1972 inside Washington’s Watergate Hotel, which housed the Democratic National Committee headquarters, they all gave Hispanic names. There was no public hint initially that they were engaged in anything but a common burglary.
However, acting on a tip Sunday morning June 19, Schwartz and Richard Barnes, another AP reporter who frequently teamed on stories, learned that one of the burglars had given the police as an alias the name James McCord. Expense records for Nixon’s re-election committee, which only Schwartz and Barnes had, showed a James McCord was the security coordinator the committee. By Sunday afternoon, the two reporters had determined that in fact the burglar who gave McCord’s name as an alias and the real McCord were one in the same.
Sunday afternoon AP moved on its wires a story to that effect which stood unmatched through Monday June 20, a remarkable feat in a highly competitive market where the resources of the big dailies, The Washington Post and The Washington Star, far exceeded those of an AP bureau.
In October 1972, the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review called their Watergate exclusive one of the “largely uncredited achievements” of the year. The Post coverage went on to win the Pulitzer Prize that year.
Attendance at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair rose four percent
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.--Despite two evenings of rain delays of 45 minutes because of thunderstorms, attendance at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair rose over last year's.
Laura Chapot on Pursuit of Happiness in a class at the Winter Equestrian Festival (Photo by Fran Clemens)"Attendance was up three to four percent year to year," said Devon Chairman and CEO Wayne W, Grafton. "We're excited about that. It was a very successful show."
Grafton said that the first Sunday, with Arena Eventing, Thursday, with the $250,000 Devon Sapphire Grand Prix, and the final Friday, with the $72,000 Idle Dice Stake, drew the three highest numbers of spectators.
The hunter and jumper divisions drew top horses and riders from Pennsylvania to California, Canada and Europe, including numerous Olympic medalists.
Also drawn to Devon were eventing and steeplechasing stars.
Among the eventing stars competing in Arena Eventing were Olympic veterans Boyd Martin, who won the class, and Buck Davidson, who was third.
McLain Ward on HH Azur wins $250,000 Devon Grand Prix
By Staff Writers
DEVON, Pa.--McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., riding HH Azur, beat a jump-off group of nine from a starting field of 25 tp win the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4* for a record 11th time in his career.
McLain Ward on HHAzur (Photo by The Book LLC)Ward, who is fourth in the world rankings, W also presented with the McDevitt Style Award and the Richard E. McDevitt Style Perpetual Trophy.
Always the most gracious and considerate winner, following his win, Ward rode around the ring, touching hands with the spectatoris packed 10 deap around the Dixon Oval.
Winning at Devon has always been very special for Ward, especially since the grand prix is named after his legendary Olympic mount Sapphire, who died in 2014 due to complications from colic and with whom he also won the prestigious class two times in 2007 and 2009.
Even after claiming the title time and time again, Thursday’s 11th grand prix victory marked an incredible milestone in Devon Horse Show history.
Boyd Martin on Contestor wins $50,000 Arena Eventing at Devon while Buck Davidson overcomes huge odds to place 3rd & 10th
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.--Topping an impressive leader board, Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., riding Contestor, won the $50,000 Arena Eventing at the Devon Horse Show on May 26.
Boyd Martin on Contestor (Photo by The Book LLC)Last year's winner, Chris Talley of Jeffersonton, Va., on the stallion Sandro's Star was second, but it was third placed Buck Davidson of Unionville, Pa., on Carlevo who had the most amazing achievement.
Flying back from Vermont where he had been giving a clinic, Davidson's plane was late, so he missed his connection and had to drive from White Plains, N.Y., to Devon.
Scheduled to go 20th, officials let him go out of turn due to the circumstances, and Davidson went 28th on his first horse, Gaya, and, despite having only been at Devon for five minutes, Davidson somehow was able to memorize the 26 fence course and complete the course with just one time fault. to eventually finish 10th after having a fence down in the jump-off.
Jack Fisher wins four at Iroquois including G1 Stakes with Scorpiancer
By SARA CAVANAGH
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Jack Fisher had been in a bit of a rut - training three winners at steeplechase meets for three weeks in a row at Middleburg, the Queens Cup and the Gold Cup.
Most trainers would be delighted to be in that rut, but not Fisher - so he broke out of that rut at Iroquois on May 11 by saddling FOUR winners including last year's Eclipse Award winner Scorpiancer to win the $150,000 G1 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Hurdle Stakes.
Scorpiancer, left, and Surprising Soul at the last jump in the Iroquois Stakes (Photo by Tod Marks)Fisher's huge lead in Trainer, Races Won now stands at 17, and Jonathan Sheppard, with two wins at Iroquois, now holds second alone with seven wins.
Bruton Street-US' Scorpiancer, ridden by Sean McDermott, won the 3 mile Calvin Houghland for the second year in a row, but this year he really had to fight for it,
Wendy Hendriks' Surprising Soul, trained by her son Ricky and ridden by Ross Geraghty, battled valiantly through the stretch but was finally edged out by Scorpaincer, who won by a length in 5:43:3/5.
"I was delighted with Surprising Soul," said Ricky Hendriks. "He ran really well. He'll have the summer off now."
"Scorpiancer bowed after last year's race, but not badly," said Fisher. "We had him back ready to run in the fall, but the vets said to wait a while."
The Iroquois was Scorpiancer's second race since winning in Nashville last spring, as he had run in the Temple Gwathmey at Middleburg on April 20, where he was pulled up before the finish.
Mark Beecher rides one and trains one to wins at Willowdale Steeplechase
By Staff Writers
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--Mark Beecher rode Just Wait and See, owned by Kinross Farm and trained by Richard Valentine, to win the featured $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase Timber Stakes on Sunday, May 12.
Just Wait and See leads the field over the water jump at Willowdale (Photo by Tod Marks)Beecher also saddle David Bell Jr.'s Artic North, ridden by Sean McDermott, to win the $15,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle.
Jonathan Sheppard also trained a winner at Willowdale, as well as two at Iroquois the day before to move into second in Trainer, Races Won with seven wins, but still far behind Jack Fisher, who has 17 wins.
It was a cold, rainy and very windy day, with the temperature at 47 degrees feeling more like the 30s with the rain and wind, but despite that there was a good crowd in attendance and very few scratches in the races.
"I've been to point-to-points and races in England and Ireland and all over here, and this is the worst I've ever seen," said George Mahoney, whose Rosbrian Farm had one horse running at Willowdale.
Just Wait and See went to the front in the 3 1/2 mile timber stakes and was never threatened, winning by 6 lengths over Bruton Street-US' Lemony Bay, trained by Fisher and ridden by Hadden Frost from a field of seven in 8:13:4/5.
"Richard has asked me to ride this horse before," said Beecher, who was on Just Wait and See for the first time. "He was second in the Steeplethon at the Gold Cup, and I saw Richard as he was coming back from the race. I told Richard that if Just Wait and See came out of that race good that he should run him at Willowdale. Then I got a phone call later saying he was entered and would I ride him."
Accolades Abound for Historic Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
By Staff Writers
DEVON, Pa.--The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is known for its history and prestige across the country, and each spring the annual event unites a variety of riders, trainers, owners and horse enthusiasts from a multitude of disciplines as they vie for a spot in the winner's circle of the famed Dixon Oval.
Devon Horse Show. Photo By: Brenda CarpenterThe team at the Devon Horse Show is honored to have been presented with several awards and titles this year that recognize the tireless dedication that has been put forth each year since its inception in 1896.
The 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will run this year from May 23-June 2.
The Devon Horse Show is proud to have been named the 'Horse Show of the Year' for 2019 by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame (NSHHF).
The NSHHF is dedicated to honoring excellence by providing recognition, education and appreciation for the achievements of the horseman and horses who have made the sport of show hunters so rich in history.
Boasting a 'Premier' Hunter rating by US Equestrian (USEF), the Devon Horse Show welcomes the foremost hunter riders each year as the event offers a range of hunter divisions for professionals, amateurs, juniors and pony riders.
In addition, the popular $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby is an exciting feature class that allows derby riders to showcase their talents in the Dixon Oval.
Hunter competition is further highlighted with hunter breeding and pony hunter breeding classes.
The United Professional Horsemen's Association (UPHA) Chapter 15 also named the Devon Horse Show the 'Hackney/Saddlebred Horse Show of the Year.'
The UPHA is based in Lexington, Kentucky and is an association composed of professional horsemen and horsewomen who are dedicated to improving the show horse industry and defining their professionalism within the industry.
Peter Doubleday, a notable figure in the equestrian community and renowned horse show announcer for over 40 years, has also been chosen to be inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.
He brings a warm, familiar and knowledgeable voice to top national and international horse shows as he broadcasts the competition.
Induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is "bestowed annually upon select individuals whose contributions to the sport have set them apart and whose influence has had a significant impact on the sport of show jumping and the equestrian community."
Perhaps most important, Doubleday serves as the dedicated manager of the Devon Horse Show.
Doubleday will be honored at the Show Jumping Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony, which will occur during this year's Devon Horse Show.
Another award that the Devon Horse Show has earned is the The Davey Award to Zer0 to 5ive for the launch of its all-new website.
The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) reviews submissions from ad agencies, interactive agencies, production firms, in-house creative professionals, graphic designers, design firms and public relations firms worldwide to select a winner.
Entries are judged based on the "standard of excellence," as defined by the AIVA.
While the Devon Horse Show is deeply-rooted in history, the team also strives to maintain a cutting-edge website and stay in tune with current technological advancements.
The team at the Devon Horse Show is thrilled to have been chosen for these awards and is thankful for all of the continued support from the equestrian community and local community throughout the years.
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is excited to be approaching its 125th anniversary in 2021.
Be sure to mark your calendars for this year's Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which will run from May 23 - June 2, 2019!
The 2019 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Returns With Special Events Sure to Please the Entire Family
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.-- The Main Line is gearing up for another spectacular start to summer with the 2019 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
This annual treasured tradition has benefitted Bryn Mawr Hospital for the past 100 years, with completion of a five-year $2 million pledge bringing the total donation to the hospital on behalf of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to more than $18 million.
Complete schedules for the numerous equestrian and Country Fair events as well as ticket, raffle, and vendor information can be found on the Show’s website: www.devonhorseshow.net.
From the exceptional equestrian competition to the ever-popular Ladies Day, event highlights for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, June 2, include:
▪ Thursday, May 23: Community Night, Alumni Night, Dog Show The Show kicks off with free admission and free parking after 5PM.
Wear your spirit wear and help support local high school booster clubs promoting Conestoga High School’s football, baseball and rugby teams. Clydesdale Corner becomes Alumni Corner, welcoming all local high school grads with fun activities and special themed drinks and food specials.
The Devon Derby is also hosting a special raffle for all those purchasing a raffle book ($10) during the evening.
The 3rd Annual Dog Show presented by What a Good Dog in the Dixon Oval will feature a crowd-pleasing exhibition and four classes: Walk-Trot with Me, Jumpers, Tricks, and Lead Line Costume Parade. New this year are the Halo Awards, honoring dogs who provide service. Owners are invited to nominate their dogs to be professionally judged in three categories. Winners will be recognized during the Tribute to Heroes event on Memorial Day, May 27 ▪ Friday, May 24: Border Collies, Sheep, and Ducks Don’t miss this crowd-pleasing demonstration featuring border collies, sheep, and ducks.
▪ NEW! Saturday, May 25: Children’s Tea Party, Radnor Hunt Foxhounds Bring the littles ones to watch the adorable leadline classes and pony hunt teams. Children 12 and under are cordially invited to our inaugural Children’s Tea Party, to be held from 11:30 am-1pm. Come in your finest for tea and goodies, plus an English tea cup and plush as souvenirs. Limited to 40 guests.
In the evening, don’t miss the Radnor Hunt Foxhounds, when horse and rider will elegantly parade with a lively pack of hounds.
▪ Sunday, May 26: Pony Steeplechase, $50,000 Arena Eventing Class Enjoy the fast-paced pony steeplechase in the afternoon followed by the excitement of eventing in the evening.
Beginning at 7 p.m., elite horse and rider pairs will navigate 15 standard cross country jumps and 10 show jumps over an impressive 1,000-meter course designed by Olympic gold medalist Mark Phillips held in the Dixon Oval and the Wheeler Ring. Reserved tables including upscale food and a full open bar provide a unique view of this event with Phillips himself for a special insider’s view. Tickets are available online (but sell out fast). Reserved tables can be purchased on website.
▪ Monday, May 27: Tribute to Heroes Military personnel, First Responders, and their families enjoy free admission and special seating thanks to Patriot Chevrolet Buick GMC Dealerships. A special tribute to our heroes starts at 6:30 p.m., with the winning Halo Award dog recipients honored as well.
▪ Tuesday, May 28: Family Day The Country Fair offers special discounts on food, midway rides, and souvenirs. Take a peek behind the scenes with free Back-Barn Tours from 3-6 p.m.
▪ Wednesday, May 29: Ladies Day An annual favorite, ladies are invited to gather in their best hats to enjoy this year’s theme - An Enchanted Garden. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include live music, raffle prizes, an elegant cocktail reception, and beautiful gift bags. Returning this year is celebrity style expert Carson Kressley who will join other local celebrity judges for the Hat Day Contest. NEW THIS YEAR – Stay tuned to the website for an upcoming announcement of fabulous lunch and VIP opportunities!
All ladies donning elegant hats receive free general admission to show grounds until 1 p.m. Tickets and details will be on the website in early April.
▪ Thursday, May 30: Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon This FEI event features the highest caliber of riders including many Olympians competing for a $250,000 purse. Tickets are $75 each and sell out fast so reserve your seats now for this not-to-be-missed event. See ticket info below.
▪ Sunday, June 2: Family Day/Devon Plant Sale Bring your children to the Country Fair for musical entertainment and special activities – including the Itty-Bitty Hat parade led by an area drum corps. After the last horse show event, the popular Devon Plant Sale takes place inside the Main Gate, where plants from the show and fair are available at drastically reduced prices. .
Beginning April 1, tickets to the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair can be purchased in one of the following ways: online at Devon Horse Show Tickets, by phone at (610) 688-2554, or in person on the first floor of the Devon Club, located on the corner of Dorset and Berkley roads. The ticket office in the Devon Club is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Access the 2019 ticket information mailer here.
Many ticket options are available including an all-performance package, offering the best value for true horse show enthusiasts. Reserved parking for the 11-day event also available online.
About Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Started in 1896, the Devon Horse Show is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States and draws top competitors from around the world. With the grandeur of Philadelphia's historic Main Line as its backdrop, the show continues to reflect the local traditions and lifestyles of the community. The Devon Country Fair, run by more than 2,000 volunteers, offers a variety of boutique shops in miniature cottages, amusement rides and games for kids, multiple dining options, and special entertainment events. Proceeds support Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Visit the Souvenir Stand at Devon for human and equine needs
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa--A must stop at The Devon Horse Show is the amazing souvenir stand located right after you enter the front gate!
This year, along with the classics, the souvenir stand will have new items that are sure to wow.
There is something for everyone available from the first time Devon attendee to the equestrian exhibitors to the seasoned Devon boxholders.
For the equestrian riders and fashionistas alike, the souvenir stand will offer the EIS brand tech shirts with an exclusive custom Devon blue quarter zip that is even SPF 50!
The souvenirs stand does not just outfit the human attendees!
Don't forget to get your pooch or horse something with the classic Devon Horse Show logo!
For the horse this year, souvenirs will be carrying a new line of Lettia saddle pads, saddle covers, light weight baby pants and other riding accessories.
In addition, the souvenir stand will still offer the custom Delux English padded garment halter in a variety of sizes with a custom engraved nameplate with barn name and Devon horse show!
Don't miss out on any of these new items and make sure to visit the souvenir stand as soon as you get to the show!
Original art at Devon's Art Gallery
By Staff Writers
DEVON, Pa.--Each year, The Art Gallery at Devon brings original art to the patrons of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
This year, the Art Gallery welcomes 5 new artists, along with about 50 returning artists.
These artists range in age from college to those “well into retirement,” said Art Gallery Chairman Helen Corkhill.
The artists are from all over the country.
While mainly from the East Coast, many of the artists are also from as far away as California.
Each year, the Art Gallery committee chooses one piece of work to feature as the Devon poster.
This year’s piece is by Tara Porter, who has been featured on the Devon poster once before.
The piece was chosen “because we love her perspective of Devon, and this one shows the younger rider side of Devon,” Corkhill said.
The Art Gallery is a juried art show, with jurors selecting the pieces each November, in anticipation of the May show.
While many of the pieces feature pastoral scenes, the pieces also include cityscapes and still life.
The Art Gallery features not only paintings, but also all types of medium.
All purchases from the Art Gallery not only support each artist, but also support the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
The Engraver will be back at Devon for an unprecedented 37th year!
By Staff Writers
DEVON, Pa--It’s hard to believe that The Engraver has been in their “new” location since 2011.
If you haven’t made your way down to the shop in the stabling area, next to the show farrier, this is the year to make the trip (just 100 steps past the Country Fair).
The Engraver is known for its extensive line of equestrian nameplates, which the owners engrave and install on site, usually within a few hours, but there’s so much more in its Green Hill Collection, all of which is hand crafted in the U.S.A.
From bags to belts, bracelets, and keychains, there’s a wide selection from which to choose a few favorite things.
For your special canine, there are many different collars, tags and leashes.
Introduced last year, the special Devon halter will be available at the Souvenir Stand as well as at The Engraver’s shop.
Like the dog collars, there are many halter and lead shank options.
The Engraver & The Green Hill Collection, Phone: 610-430-0123, Fax: 610-430-6670, www.The-Engraver.us
The shop is located at 1222 Ashbridge Road, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380-3954
Optimus Prime wins the G2 David Semmes Memorial Hurdle, Andi'amu wins the Virginia Gold Cup Timber Stakes
By SARA CAVANAGH
THE PLAINS, Va.--In a stunning display of brilliance, Rosbrian Farm's Optimus Prime, trained by Ricky Hendriks and ridden by Ross Geraghty, won the $75,000, G2 David Semmes Memorial at the Virginia Gold Cup on May 4, winning by 8 3/4 lengths without ever appearing to have to get into top gear.
Ricky Hendriks, left, and George Mahoney, right, with Optimus Prime after the Semmes Memorial Stakes (Photo by Tod Marks)"The race went the way we had hoped," said George Mahoney, owner of Rosbrian Farm. "This horse is a very special horse. He's a very fast horse, and now he has shown he can carry weight. He carried 12 pounds more than the second and third placed horses."
Optimus Prime carried 156 pounds, with Portrade, who pulled up before the finish, carrying 148 pounds and all the others in the six horse field carrying 144 pounds.
"I'm fortunate to have Ricky and his team," said Mahoney. "If Optimus Prime stays sound, he could be anything."
"He's special," said Mahoney. "He puts out his own press releases. He walks around the paddock like a perfect gentleman."
Fisher and Sheppard have recent winners entered in hurdle and timber races at Willowdale on May 12
By Staff Writers
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa.--National Steeplechase Leading Trainer Jack Fisher has entered recent winner Hanno in the featured $35,000 Willowdale Steeplechase Timber Stakes at the Willowdale Steeplechase on Sunday, May 12.
The water jump at WillowdaleAnother recent impressive winner, Lead Investor, trained by Jonathan Sheppard, is entered in the featured hurdle race, the $20,000 Rose Tree Cup.
The gates at Willowdale Steeplechase open at10 a.m., and Jack Russell Terrier races begin the days festivities at 10:30 followed by three sets of pony races beginning at 11:30.
Following the pony races, there are six races sanctioned by the National Steeplechase Association, three hurdle races, the first at 1:30, and then three timber races with the final race, the Foxhunters Timber, scheduled for 4 p.m.
Hanno, ridden by Quinn Scala, won the Steeplethon at the Queens Cup Steeplechase in North Carolina on April 27, but he has plenty of competition in the 11 horse field at Willowdale, including three others trained by Fisher, Political Theater, Lemony Bay and Two's Company.
Senior Senator wins the Maryland Hunt Cup for the third time in extraordinary fashion
By SARA CAVANAGH
GLYNDON, Md.--Senior Senator, an exceptional horse, won the Maryland Hunt Cup, an exceptional race, in an exceptional fashion, winning by four lengths despite almost falling in a road crossing with just two fences to go.
Senior Senator (Photo by Isabel Kurek)It didn't look possible that Senior Senator could keep from going down completely when he slipped on the mulch-covered road, nor did it seem possible that Eric Poretz could stay on him, but somehow Irvin L. Crawford's Pa-bred 9-year-old stayed up and Poretz stayed on.
"He completely disappeared in a cloud of dust," said his trainer Joe Davies. "Then he rose up proverbially from the ashes and took aim at the leader. There was never a doubt that he wold win when he got in stride."
"I didn't have a plan going into the race," said Poretz. "I just feel it out. I ended up in front. I didn't want to be there, but we just jumped around. At the 19th, we got passed by Drift Society and Hadden Frost. I was just trying to cruise behind him, waiting. I knew I had a lot of horse left."
"At the road crossing, we were on the ground and then we were up," said Poretz, who said he had watched the rerun to see what happened. "He has a very powerful push off with his hind legs. Crossing the road, his front legs were up in the air and fully extended, so he was pushing off with his hind legs when his front end was up in the air. His back legs slipped out behind him."
Carnival Carl wins Open Timber in a thriller at Fair Hill Point-to-Point
By SARA CAVANAGH
FAIR HILL, Md.--David Belt, Jr.'s Carnival Carl, trained by Mark Beecher and ridden by Paul O'Neill, won the 3 mile Mason-Dixon Challenge Open timber in a thrilling finish at the Fair Hill Point-to-Point on April 21.
Paul O'Neill on Carnival Carl with Mark BeecherCarnival Carl and Ivy Hill Stable's Beck's Bad Boy, trained by Alicia Murphy and ridden by Sea McDermott, battled head and head throughout the stretch, with Carnival Carl just edging up to win by a nose at the wire.
"He's a lovely horse," said Beecher. "He won a maiden race at Potomac last year, and then we put him away and hunted him through the winter, Dave;s daughter Hannah won a foxhunter's race on him. He's a great jumper.You might see him at Willowdale in May."
A lot of the day's races were dominated by Hendriks, with Ricky saddling three winners and his son Parker winning two,
Eve Ledyard rode in her first ever hurdle race in the Amateur Apprentice Hurdle, and she won it comfortably on Ricky Hendriks' Morningstar Farm's Indigo Heart, trained by her partner, Hendriks
Ledyard is also Hendriks' assistant trainer.
There were three entries in the race, and Brett Owings on Nancy Roberts' Magical Lemon, trained by Suzie Owings, was second with Elizabeth Scully on her Disobedience, trained by Hendriks, third.