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 littlest 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.