Devon Horse Show and Country Fair cancels May show
- By Staff Writers
The arrests of 27 people, including Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, on Monday, March 9 brought again to the forefront the discussion of the higher number of horse fatalities in this country as compared to Europe.
According to the Jockey Club, the fatality rate at racetracks in the U.S. is two and a half to five times greater than the fatality rate in Europe.
Much of the media blames this on the use of drugs in America, but in fact there are a myriad of reasons.
According to many well respected trainers, owners and officials, the difference in breaking, training and racing horses in England and Europe is the biggest difference in fatalities, not drugs.
In this country, almost from the time they are weaned, youngsters, instead of growing up in pastures, are worked in preparation for sales, often being walked on walkers, always to the left.
The they go to the track where they are worked constantly to the left, putting a bigger strain on the legs on that side.
Willowdale Steeplechase races, originally schedule for May 8 then rescheduled for June 6, has been cancelled.
RADNOR RACES in Malvern, Pa., scheduled for May 16, has been cancelled.
HUNTER FARMS WINTER SERIES final show on March 28 - 29 has been cancelled.
THE UPPERVILLE COLT AND HORSE SHOW and the Loudoun Benefit Horse Show jointly announce that both events, scheduled to be held from June 1-7 and June 10-14, respectively; will not be held on their current dates in June due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The event organizers are actively seeking alternative dates for both events in the Fall of 2020.
Middleburg Classic and Piedmont Jumper Classic have kindly offered their dates of September 14-20for Upperville.
Upperville and Loudoun have shared expenses, so they are looking at two weeks when they can run consecutively during September.
LAUREL PARK live racing has been cancelled because of orders from Maryland Governor Hogan and is cancelled until further notice because of the Covid-19 crisis.
AQUEDUCT live racing has been suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus.
A backstretch worker who lives and works at Belmont Park tested positive Thursday morning for the coronavirus.
OAKLAWN has announced that it is moving its signature race--the GI Arkansas Derby--from Saturday, Apr. 11 to Saturday, May 2, closing day of the 2020 live meet.
SANTA ANITA and Golden Gate Fields will conduct live racing as scheduled Friday and the rest of the weekend.
A state-wide “stay at home” order California governor Gavin Newsom issued Thursday evening in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus—telling residents to remain indoors with the exception of essential trips and services—had cast some doubts about the viability of live racing going ahead this weekend.
But Aidan Butler, acting executive director of California racing for the Stronach Group (TSG), explained in a text Friday—with first post times looming—that racing would go ahead as planned.
DEVON, Pa.--The 2020 Devon Horse and Country Fair is closely monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The safety and welfare of our exhibitors, staff and attendees is our top priority.
Our committee continues to review the communications on this illness issued from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USEF, FEI and other regulatory organizations.
Meanwhile, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (DHSCF) has announced that the prize list and entry forms for its 2020 event are now available online.
THE GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE in Butler, Md., scheduled for April 18, has been cancelled.
THE MARYLAND HUNT CUP in Glyndon, Md., scheduled for April 25, has been cancelled.
Although there has so far not been any announcement from MY LADY'S MANOR, scheduled for April 11, it is likely to also be cancelled.
THE GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL in Aintree, England, schedule for April 2-4, has been cancelled.
LAUREL PARK'S stable area will be closed to horses other than those based at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course, effectively immediately.
MIDDLEBURG RACES in Middleburg, Va., scheduled for April 15, has been changed to May 30.
THE QUEEN'S CUP RACES in Mineral Springs, N.C., has been cancelled.
PIEDMONT POINT-TO-POINT and Hunter Pace, both scheduled for March 21, have been cancelled.
THE FOXHALL FARM CUP TEAM CHASE, scheduled for March 22,has been cancelled.
MR. STEWART'S CHESHIRE FOXHOUNDS ended its season early and is no longer hunting, and the Cocktail Party, scheduled for March 28 to celebrate the Point-to-Point, has been rescheduled for May 30.
CHESHIRE POINT-TO-POINT, originally scheduled for March 29, will be held Sunday, June 7th at the Willowdale race course.
WINTERTHUR STEEPLECHASE, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, has been cancelled.
Many shows, events and races have either been cancelled, or in the case of some races, will be run without any spectators allowed.
The Horse will daily announce any new suspensions or resumptions of events.
Check individual race tracks to see if they are running and if they allow spectators.
The USEF has announced that it has suspended all USEF owned events, selection trials, training camps, clinics, and activities for the next 30 days as of March 16.
The World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, scheduled for April 15-19, has been cancelled.
It strongly urged all horse shows also be suspended, but if shows do run, neither their points nor any money won will count towards year-end awards.
The Winter Equestrian Festival announced it has suspended the remainder of its season.
The Carolina Cup , scheduled for March 28, has been cancelled, as has Green Spring Valley Point-to-Point. scheduled for March 29 at Shawan Downs.
As of March 13, Cheshire is planning to run its Point-t- Point on Sunday March 29th. It is possible it will have no tents and limit spectators, or it may move the date. A decision may not be made until March 27th, which is when the Pennsylvania State government is planning to make a decision about re-opening schools.
Aiken Steeplechase, scheduled for March 21, announced on March 15 that it is cancelling its spring meet.
That action follows the cancellations of the Carolina Cup on March 28 and the Tryon Block House Races on April 11.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued an emergency order to close all Maryland casinos, racetracks and simulcast betting facilities to the general public indefinitely.
That closure begins Monday, March 16 at midnight.
The US Eventing Association Board of Governors voted to suspend recognizing any competitions under its direct jurisdiction held in the U.S. at the Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels for a period of at least two weeks (14 days) starting on Monday, March 16.
The suspension extends also to USEA recognized educational activities, Young Event Horse, Future Event Horse and New Event Horse competitions.
The Fork 3-day event, scheduled for April 2-6, has also announced that it is cancelling its event.
Parx Racing has cancelled racing, while most other tracks continue racing but without spectators.
THE WILLOWDALE STEEPLECHASE has beenpostponed to Saturday, June 6 from May 9.
Based on the latest CDC recommendations for events, the difficult decision to postpone the races from Saturday, May 9, to Saturday, June 6.
All pre-purchased tickets for the May 9 date will be honored on June 6.
Additionally, we will extend the deadline for reserved tailgating space renewal by two weeks – from March 31 to April 14.
WINTERTHUR RACES are being postponed, but it hasn't announced a new date as of yet.
As soon as it does, The Horse will publish that new date.
THE KENTUCKY THREE-DAY Event and Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix have been cancelled,
The events had been scheduled for April 23-26 at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of only seven5* events worldwide.
DEVON, Pa.--The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will begin a year-long celebration for its upcoming 125th anniversary in 2021 with an induction ceremony honoring the "Devon Legends" at the storied Ardrossan Estate in Villanova, Pa., on Saturday, April 25.
This prestigious group of inaugural honorees includes Olympians, national champions and others connected to the success of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
This is the first time in the history of the distinguished competition at Devon that the legends of the sport have been recognized.
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair looks forward to annually recognizing the many more legends that have made the event a unique and unparalleled horse show.
Meridian Bank, the presenting sponsor of the celebration, has been serving the Delaware Valley since 2004.
WEST GROVE, Pa.--Hudson River Farms’ Winston C, trained by Jonathan Sheppard to easily wIn Saratoga Race Course’s two G1 jump races, was honored Thursday evening with the Eclipse Award as North America’s champion steeplechase horse in 2019.
An Irish-bred gelding by Galileo’s son Rip Van Winkle, Winston C won over two other G1 winners: Michael Buckley’s Brain Power, who came from England to win Far Hills’ Grand National, but only ran that one time in this country, and Bruton Street-US’s Scorpiancer, the 2017 Eclipse Award champion who won the Calvin Houghland Iroquois for a second time but didn't run in Saratoga and finished behind Winston C in the Lonesome Glory.
Winston C and other Thoroughbred champions were honored at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Accepting the Eclipse Award was Hudson River Farms owner Edward P. Swyer, who was accompanied by Sheppard’s assistant, Keri Brion, jockey Thomas Garner, and National Steeplechase Association director Eve Ledyard.
DEVON, Pa.--The year 2021 will see the 125th anniversary of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and in honor of its longevity, Devon is holding a year-long celebration.
That celebration begins with the Devon Horse Show hosting a "Devon Legends" Induction Ceremony at the Ardrossan Estateon Saturday, April 25.
International equestrian luminarieswill be honored during that event.
The honorees will be announced at the end of January as the inaugural group of Legends.
Olympians, national champions, and other luminaries connected to the success of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair are expected to be included in the prestigious list.
"We knew we had to do something truly remarkable to launch the 125th anniversary celebrations," Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Chairman and CEO Wayne W. Grafton said, "and we're thrilled to induct the first class of 'Devon Legends' at the fabled estate home of Hope Montgomery Scott, who was an integral part of our organization's history, having served as both Chair and Executive Director."
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.--Two time Olympic team gold medalist and 2019 Pan Am Games individual gold medalist Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., was voted the 2019 International Equestrian of the Year.
Nick Haness of Temecula, Calif.,was voted the 2019 National Equestrian of the Year. and Madden and Boyd Martin won the William C. Steinkraus Trophy.
Madden and Haness were presented with the Robert P. Strub Trophy at the Pegasus Awards during the U.S. Equestrian Annual Meeting.
For nearly three decades, Madden has represented the United States in the world’s most prestigious competitions, including four Olympic Games, three Pan American Games, and three FEI World Equestrian Games.
In 2019, Madden represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and helped anchor a team of rising U.S. jumping stars in their first major championship.
There, Madden and teammates Lucy Deslauriers, Alex Granato and Eve Jobs won the team bronze, while Madden also went on to win individual bronze on Breitling LS in Lima.
Earlier in the year, Madden and Breitling LS placed in the top five at the Jumping World Cup Final in Gothenburg.
She also became the first rider to win the $1 Million HITS Grand Prix in all three locations offered following her win with Darry Lou at HITS Thermal.