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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Devon Horse Show

Exciting Arena Eventing at Devon draws two Olympic veterans

DEVON, Pa.-- The very exciting $50,000 Arena Eventing debuted last year at the Devon Horse show and Country Fair, and it drew a huge, very enthusiastic crowd, and the Event promises to be even more exciting this year, with two Olympians entered, Phillip Dutton who was the individual bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics, and his teammate Boyd Martin.

2017 Winners Sarah Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens Dysieux 12017 Winners Sarah Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens Dysieux 1Arena Eventing will be held Sunday evening, May 27, at 7 p.m.

The Devon Arena Eventing course will be designed by Captain Mark Phillips from Great Britain.

He is an Olympic Gold Medalist, former coach of the U.S. Olympic Eventing team and a renowned international course designer.

Captain Phillips will serve as the course designer for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C., in September of this year.

Phillips went to Fair Hill on May 7 to pick out the eventing jumps that he will use at Devon.

The course will run through both the Wheeler ring and the Dixon Oval and will consist of both eventing and jumper-type fences.

Dutton of West Grove, Pa., has two entered, Dr. Kevin Keane's Sportsfield Candy, who most recently was second in the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh on May 13, and Ann Jones' The Manager.

Martin of Cochranville, Pa., has also has two entered, Christine Turner's Kyra, who won the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh, and Denise Lahey's Contestor.

Colleen Rutledge of Frederick, Md., is another contestant with two entries, both hers, Shiraz and Confidence Game.

There are 22 confirmed entries as of May 21, but there may be additional entries before the Event.

Olympians Mclain Ward and Beezie Madden to compete at Devon

DEVON, Pa. --The Devon Horse Show is synonymous with elite show jumping competition, and it is respected as the most prestigious and largest outdoor, multi-breed and multi-discipline horse show in the country since 1896.

McLain Ward and Beezie Madden at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo by Cealy TetlyMcLain Ward and Beezie Madden at the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Photo by Cealy Tetly)Running from Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, June 3, the historic Devon Horse Show will once again feature international show jumping at a world-class level with an FEI CSI4* competition, and it has drawn the world's best, including Olympians McLain Ward and Beezie Madden

While the show reflects the local traditions and lifestyle of Philadelphia, the annual event also attracts top national and international athletes.

This year's star-studded lineup includes 2018 World Cup Champion Beezie Madden, Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward and rising star Devin Ryan, who was second in the 2018 World Cup.

The Devon Horse Show is the ideal way for these world-class athletes to kick off their spring and summer competition schedules.

The Open Jumper Section is just one highlight of the event, and it has expanded its purse money to $475,000 this year, with all the classes having a FEI CSI4* ranking, so riders who compete in any of the designated events will earn world-ranking points.

Thirty elite open jumper riders will be chosen to take part in the Open Jumper Section, which includes the $35,000 International Speed Stake, the $50,000 Welcome Stake and the $70,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake.

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Devon brings together top equestrians from a variety of disciplines

DEVON, Pa.--Kicking off May 24, 2018 and running through June 3, 2018, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will once again bring together top equestrians from a variety of disciplines.

Devon Prize listThe event will feature classes in the jumper, equitation, hunters, eventing Saddlebred, hackney and coaching divisions for spectators and the local community to enjoy.

In one major highlight of the event, the Devon Open Jumper Section has expanded its prize money to feature $475,000 in possible earnings.

The section will select only 30 of elite open jumper riders and will host classes such as the $35,000 Devon International Speed Stake, the $50,000 Jet Run Devon Welcome Stake and the $70,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake.

The Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon will be a highlight event of the show offering $250,000 in winning prize money and celebrating its 40th year running.

All classes will have FEI CSI4* ranking and athletes competing in any of those events will be eligible to acquire world-ranking points.

The Devon Horse Show is recognized for its world-class hunter events and will once again be hosting a variety of hunter divisions, all with a USEF Premier hunter rating.

The country's top hunter riders will compete for the winning title in the popular $25,000 USHJA Hunter Derby, sponsored by the Wheeler family.

For the second year in a row, the Devon Horse Show will host the $50,000 Arena Eventing Class featuring a blend of cross-country jumps and stadium jumps, open to 40 of the country's top athletes.

Family activities will be hosted in coordination with the show, including the Dog Show at the Horse Show event taking place the evening of May 24. All participants will ribbon and classes include fun activities such as the K9 stake and the Devon costume class.

To learn more about the 2018 Devon Horse Show, please visit

American Saddlebreds Scheduled to Showcase Beauty and Versatility at 2018 Devon Horse Show

DEVON, Pa.--A vision of spirited beauty and power, the American Saddlebred excels in the show ring, demonstrating two unique gaits to the breed: Slow Gait and the accelerated Rack.

Tracing the breed's ancestry to the early 1700s, the classic American Saddlebred will once again be showcased in a variety of divisions because of their incredible versatility at the historic 2018 Devon Horse Show, schedule for May 24 - June 3.

Devon SaddlebreCarson Kressley and Famous Kiss. Photo: Devaney IglesiasSpectators can expect to see all of the five primary disciplines represented at the Devon Horse: Three-Gaited, Five-Gaited, Fine Harness, Park and Pleasure.

The $5,000 Three-Gaited Saddlebred Stake is the most anticipated class of the Walter Mooney American Saddlebred Three-Gaited Section, and any entries that participated in another class of the section can take part in the Friday evening stake at the Dixon Oval.

Characterized by a shaved mane to emphasize their long and elegant neck, three-gaited horses show in trot, canter, and animated walk.

Celebrity Saddlebred exhibitor and judge of the Ladies' Hat Contest at Devon, Carson Kressley picked up his first tricolor ribbon aboard Famous Kiss in the Open Three-Gaited Park Horse Stake in 2016.

"I've shown in a lot of places, but there's nothing as special as the crowd support at Devon," said Kressley. "Showing in front of thousands of people in the Dixon Oval is a thrill like no other. I've shown this horse a couple times this season and we've been second every time. So, to pull it together and win a big class like this here is a huge thrill. Devon is one of the greatest shows in the country. It's where you come, watch and dream of competing."

Another crowd favorite in the Five-Gaited Section is the $3,000 Five-Gaited Saddlebred Stake, which will also take place Friday, June 2 under the lights of the Dixon Oval.

Five gaited horses have been taught two specific four beat gaits that are either performed slowly or with rapid, high steps.

Dainty yet powerful, the Saddlebreds will be seen parading through the ring with their natural tail and mane flowing and riders dressed in traditional saddle seat habit.

The always popular pleasure classes will also return for exhibitors to view in addition to many hunter divisions and open English pleasure division.

Last year, Janet Sterba earned a championship title in her division once again, sweeping the Five Gaited Pleasure Championship piloting Born For This.

"This is our second year working together," Sterba said about her at the time 12-year-old mare, CH Callaway's Born For This. "She's had a grand career. I'm just thrilled to have a good ride, especially on this mare. I'm blessed to get to show her."

Fine harness, a discipline where horses are shown at the trot and animated walk in a four-wheeled cart, will culminate in the $1,500 Fine Harness Horse Championship at the Devon Horse Show. Drivers are permitted to wear long dress and suits, accenting the elegance of the drive.

Distinctive traits including mental acuteness and willingness to learn have positioned the Saddlebred as a diverse equine athlete.

Revered as the "Horse America Made," Devon Horse Show is proud to feature the talents of this historical breed.

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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The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Adds Community Night and Musical Kur to its Thrilling Events Schedule

DEVON, Pa.--Summer starts strong with the 2018 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

Devon lined upEvent highlights for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs May 24 through June 3, include:

NEW! Thursday, May 24: Community Night

Wear your spirit wear and help support local high school booster clubs promoting their sport teams. Free admission and free parking.

Thursday, May 24: The Dog Show at Devon

After the horses leave the ring, around 7:30 p.m., watch dogs compete in 6 different horse competition-like classes.

Thursday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 29: Family Days

The Country Fair offers discounts on food, midway rides, and souvenirs.

Saturday, May 26: Radnor Hunt Foxhounds

Horse and rider adeptly parade with a lively pack of hounds in this exhibition of foxhunting.

Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28: WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase

Young jockeys sporting bright silks gallop Shetland ponies over steeplechase jumps.

Sunday, May 27: $50,000 Arena Eventing Class

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, held in the Dixon Oval and the Wheeler Ring.

Monday, May 28: 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.

Tuesday, May 29: Free, Guided Back Barn Tours

See the entire show grounds, with stops at the barns, horse ambulance, farrier, and more from 3-6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30: Ladies Day

Don your best hat and join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual hat contest, live music, raffle prizes, an elegant rosé reception, and beautiful gift bags. To purchase tickets for this special event being held in the Devon Pavilion, visit: Also, all ladies donning elegant hats get free general admission to show grounds until 1 p.m.

NEW! Thursday, May 31, Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2: Musical Kur

“Freestyle to Music,” is a highly intricate form of dressage competition in which the horse’s paces are choreographed to music to create a competitive ‘dance.’ The evening performances star National Dressage Champion Michael Bragdell.

Sunday, June 3: Family Day/Devon Plant Sale

Bring your children to the Country Fair for musical entertainment and special activities – including the Itty-Bitty Hat parade. After the last horse show event, the popular Devon Plant Sale takes place inside the Main Gate.

Purchase your tickets to the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair 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 Devon Club is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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.


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