Devon show bigger and better than ever with record crowds, record revenue
By SARA CAVANAGH
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which ran May 25 to June 4, was bigger and better than ever, according to Chairman and CEO Wayne W. Grafton.
The Budweiser Clydesales performed in exhibition
"On Junior Weekend, the first Saturday evening was probably the largest crowd ever for that night," said Grafton. "It looked like Grand Prix night but just a little smaller. Sunday night, when usually there's no one there, it was a huge crowd for Eventing, and it wasn't even a nice night, it was drizzling all evening."
"There were big crowds for all the FEI-rated jumper classes, and Thursday, Grand Prix night, was packed as usual," said Grafton. "It was an excellent Devon, with record numbers of spectators and a record amount of revenue."
"It was above anything we've done before," Grafton said. "Ticket sales were up overall, and at the Country Fair food sales were up overall. The vendors all said they did well."
"We'll be way above the total number of spectators that we usually have, which is 125,000," said Grafton.
All of the exhibitors interviewed said Devon was a very special place and that they were pleased with this year's show, and McLain Ward was effusive in his praise of the show, pointing out all the improvements the show had made and saying it was in a class with shows like Aachen and Hickstead,
"We're working diligently," said Grafton. "We're constantly trying to improve everything, but there's still so much to be done."
Grafton said the new second floor dining facility had overall gone well.
That new facility is located over the new office area and provides a good view of both the Dixon Oval and the Gold Ring.
Grafton said that most people were happy with the dining area, and the few complaints were about things Devon planned to fix,
"This was the first time out, and it's been a learning curve," said Grafton. "There are modifications we need to make, one of them being having the announcer heard there."
"Now we're gearing up for the Fall Classic," said Grafton.
McLain Ward won the $225,000 Devon Grand Prix for the ninth time, but a newcomer took the championship and Leading Rider title
By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa—Two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward won the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon for the ninth time on Thursday, June 1, this time taking it on Rothchild, who has now won it twice.
McLain Ward on Rothchild Photo by The Book LLCIt was a wide-open field in the open jumper section, with five different riders from the 37 riders that qualified to compete at Devon winning the five classes.
It was so wide-open that David Gochman’s Lady Maria BH, who won only two ribbons, winning Friday evening’s $25,000 Speed Stake and placing second in Wednesday evening’s $40,000 International Speed Stake was crowned Champion with 16 points, with Rothman, the Grand Prix winner, and Katherine Strauss’ All In, who won the Saturday evening $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake, the two classes that carried bonus points, tied for Reserve,
Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire, who rode Lady Maria BH and also rode Gochman’s Luibanta BH to third in the Grand Prix, was Leading Open Jumper Rider and Leading Lady Open Jumper Rider.
Ward won the Grand Prix before a huge, enthusiastic crowd, beating five in the jump-off from a starting field of 28.
Last to go in the jump-off, Ward finished clean in 41.210, almost a second faster than second placed Devin Ryan on Cooper, clean in 42.110, with Derbyshire on Luibanta BH third in 42.560.
"ROTHCHILD gets this sport,” said Ward.” I always say to him, 'You don't owe me a thing, but it would be nice to win again!' That's kind of how I am with him. He owes me nothing. If he never jumps another fence again, it's fine. As long as he's healthy and he's performing this way I think he enjoys it, and physically he looks better than ever. So I am going to continue on with him as long as he tells me he's still healthy and enjoying the sport and enjoying what we're doing."
N.J-bred Irish War Cry second in the Belmont, Mor Spirit wins $1.2 million Metropolitan
By SARA CAVANAGH
At the top of the stretch, it looked like Irish War Cry was going to win the $1.5 million G1 Belmont Stakes, but Belmont's long stretch and the mile and a half journey began to take its toll, and Tapwit caught and passed Irish War Cry to go on to win by 2 lengths, with Patch, a son of Union Rags, third, 5 3/4 lengths back.
Mor Spirit (photo by Patricia McQueen)Pa-bred Mor Spirit, bred by the Elkstone Group, LLC, owned by Michael Lund Peterson and trained by Bob Baffert, won the $1.2 million Metropolitan Stakes for 3 year olds and up at 1 mile on the June 10 stakes filled afternoon, and ran Baffert's incredible skein of victories to four, with a combined worth of $2.55 million.
Tapwit is owned by Bridgewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert V. LaPenta, and trained by Todd Pletcher, and he is by Tapit out of Appealing Zophie, by Successful Appeal.
N.J.-bred Irish War Cry, trained by Graham Motion at the Fair Hill Training Center in Fair Hill, Md., was bred and is owned by Isabelle de Tomaso, a member of the prominent New Jersey Haskell family and a daughter of Amory Haskell.
Most members of the Haskell family were at Belmont for the race, but Bambi Glaccum, a niece of de Tomaso, had to be at Plantation Field where she serves as secretary of the events held there.
"We watched it live streaming from the secretary's stand," said Glaccum. "I began at nine a.m. to make sure we could get it on the computer. Luckily the event was over by the time of the Belmont. It was quite exciting."
Ginny Jenkins returns as Ad Director, themed ad months return with Real Estate in Sept.
By SARA CAVANAGH
Ginny Jenkins, who served as the Advertising Director of The Horse of Delaware Valley during its first 10 years from 1980 to 1990, returned as Ad Director beginning June 14.
Ginny JenkinsOne of her first improvements is to resume themed months for advertisers, beginning with Real Estate in the September issue.
Jenkins served as Advertising Director of Natural Horse Magazine for three years, is an equine photographer and created the Horses of Chester County calendar.
The Horse of Delaware Valley is now up on Facebook, and its readership grows daily, with some ads now having been read as many as 40,000 times.
Now above each story on the website on The Horse are two icons, and when a reader hovers his mouse over them, each story can be shared or shared on Facebook.
For advertisers in themed months, every advertiser will receive a story, not longer than 150 words, that the advertiser must write.
For the Real Estate issue, each advertiser can submit a photograph of one property and a story about that property. If realtors want to feature more tha one property, they can submit additional ads for each property.
The Horse reserves the right to edit all stories.
Stories will appear in the Real Estate section on the Horse's website, with the stories of the advertisers with the largest ads going first, and after that stories will appear in the order in which they are received.
Deadline for advertising in the Real Estate issue is Aug. 15.
The theme for October is Trainers, and each trainer that advertises will receive a photograph and a story.
Need work done or want to buy or rent? Check out fencing, pond repair, engraving, auction, manure removal, rentals and real estate
By SARA CAVANAGH
Now that the rain has finally stopped and the sun has re-emerged, it’s time to put up that picket fence around your house or build the fencing you need for your pasture, and Esch’s Fencing LLC is just the place to do it.
See Esch’s ad on The Horse’s website to get a 10 percent deduction on all fencing supplies.
Esch’s has split rail, post and board, locust and pressure treated wood and steel gates to keep your horses secure.
For privacy, there’s custom wood privacy and picket fencing.
If you prefer a different type of fencing, Esch’s has vinyl coated high tensile, woven horse wire and PVF fence and railing.
Call 610-857-1676 to get started.
The Devon Fall Classic will be held Sept. 14-17 at the Devon show grounds in Devon, Pa.
Click on the banner ad at the top of the Competitions page to get full information on the Fall Classic, which offers four days of exciting show jumping competition, plus live music, shopping, food, rides and games.
The 5th annual Devon Fall Classic also features a dog agility exhibition, the annual “What a Good Dog” Contest, music and many other activities.
Crowd favorite Laura Chapot will be out to regain the championship title from Mattias Trompe, who also won the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Saturday evening.
Call 610-964-0550 for more information,
A beautiful 39.7 acre horse farm is being auctioned on July 20 at 6 p.m., by Hess Auction Group.
The farm is located in Pequea, Pa., but the auction will be held in Manheim, Pa.
To fully appreciate this farm, you’ll want to see this fully equipped equine facility located in the unincorporated community of Pequea, which is in Lancaster County.
Pequea is where Route 324 ends at the Susquehanna River, 12 miles south of Lancaster. The Pequea Creek empties into the river in Pequea, which is pronounced "Peckway."
The farm is located at 647 Sandhill Rd., in Pequae, but the auction will be held at 768 Graystone Rd., in Manheim,
Visit hessauctiongroup.com or call 717-664-5238 or 877-599-8894 for more information.
With hundreds of horse farms and a number of race tracks in Chester County and surrounding areas, there are many, many people who need to rent for a season or longer, and Open Door is the place to find the best rentals in the area.
Open Door rents cottages, farmettes and studios.
It has houses for rent of various sizes and prices in and around Chester County.
Call 610-444-8600 for more information.
If you have horses, you have manure, and for small to medium size horse facilities, Equi-Roll Transport LLC is the company to contact for the best service.
Mick Powers takes a dumpster to your farm and places it where it will be convenient for you.
Then, when the dumpster is full, just call Powers and off the filled dumpster goes with a new, clean dumpster in its place.
Powers also provides bedding, which he will off-load and store in your hayloft.
Powers is prompt and polite, and the service is excellent and fairly priced.
Call 717-405-2957 for further information.
Whether you want virgin acreage that you can shape to your own dream, a small farm or an exquisite, million dollar, fully loaded horse farm, go to Holly Gross Group, a member of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services.
Stephen, Holly or Stewart will provide you with honest, professional service.
Click on the Holly Gross ad on this website, and it will take you directly to the Holly Gross website, where you can view a beautiful five bedroom house on 22.8 acres for $2.75 million or see a lovely stone five bedroom house with a pool, listed at $650,000.
If you want to create your dream home for yourself, there’s 11.7 acres available for $349,000.
Call 610-486-6544 or 610-431-1199, ext. 2266 for more information.
An equestrian property with spectacular views located in Amwell Valley, listed at $1.5 million, is offered by Weichert Realtors.
The property features a beautiful home on 67 preserved acres and is a fully equipped farm ready to move into.
Click on the ad, and it directs to you Linda Haughey’s website, where you can see additional properties offered by Haughey.
The website introduces Haughey’s services and capabilities in Hunterdon County and the surrounding area.
If you would like to add a pond to your farm, or if you have a pond that needs to be repaired, check out Rob Roy Farm, which is located in Nottingham, Pa.
Robert Rohrer also clears clogged waterways, which are a problem on many area farms.
Rob Roy excavates for riding rings, for building sites and for driveways.
Rohrer mows and clears brush and clears for terraces.
He serves northern Cecil County, Chester County and southern Lancaster County.
If you have work that needs to be done on your farm, call Rohrer at 610-656-5871 or 610-656-5870.
If you want your horse to look elegant, have The Engraver engrave his or her name on a handsome nameplate attached to the halter.
The Engraver also makes stall, bridle and saddle plates, and they’re available in solid brass, solid nickel and engraver’s plastic in a wide variety of colors.
The Engraver works quickly and on site at a number of shows, and you can have a nameplate in just a few hours.
But The Engraver offers much more than just nameplates.
There are wristbands, belts and much more.
There are padded two-tone bracelets, bets, dog collars and handbags.
Have your dog’s name and your phone number engraved on a nameplate for your dog’s collar. That’s a great safety backup.
The Engraver will be at the Devon show grounds for the Brandywine Summer Series, for the Devon Fall Classic and for Dressage at Devon.