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Spring & Summer Competitions

Devon Horse Show, From Tradition to What’s Trending

Time honored traditions meet what’s new and trending at this year’s DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR, May 24 to June 3.

mclain2McLain Ward's victory gallop in last year's Grand Prix (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)All your favorites are back, from lemon sticks to ladies sidesaddle.

Arena Eventing returns on Sunday, May 27, combing the speed of show jumping with the technical challenges of three-day eventing, this will be an unmissable evening of heart-stopping action.

Also returning to the show is the mounted police competition on Friday, May 25.

Watch local law enforcement navigate a challenging obstacle course that simulates the skills needed for mounted police work.

grand prix 2Ward in the Grand Prix (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)Look for new technological enhancements.

Interactive scoreboards will display interviews between classes.

Prize money has also been increased, with the Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon boasting a $250,000 purse.

New to catering this year is Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, a Philadelphia restaurant coming to Devon for the first time.

Whether its food, entertainment, or competition—there is something for everyone.

For information, call 610-964-0550, and for tickets call 610-688-2554.

Celebrate the 40th running of The Winterthur Point-to-Point Races on Sunday, May 6

WiINTERTHUR POINT-TO-POINT celebrates its ruby anniversary this year with a day full of championship horse racing, a spectacular antique carriage parade and other activities.

Courtesy of Winterthur photo by Ben Fournier2 1Winterthur race (Photo by Ben Fournier)The first Point-to-Point races at Winterthur took place on May 6, 1979.

Searching for a way to use the nearly 1,000 acres of the estate, the trustees decided to present a day of steeplechase racing.

Winterthur tractors cut a course through a former cow pasture, and the event was a tremendous success.

Post time for the first race is 2 p.m.

The steeplechase races are run on a course of approximately 3 ⅛ miles, with a total of eight fences that are jumped 17 times.

Trophies for the races are adapted from originals in the Winterthur collection.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and admission must be purchased in advance.

The Point-to-Point is a rain-or-shine event.

Proceeds benefit the continued maintenance and preservation of the garden and estate at Winterthur, which is located on Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Del., and five miles south of U.S. Route 1.

For tickets, call 800.448.3883.

Cheshire Point-to-Point features great timber racing with horses prepping for races like the Md. Hunt Cup

The CHESHIRE POINT-TO-POINT is gearing up for its 72nd running.

Cheshire P to POnce again, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt, Pony Races for small, medium and large ponies and a Junior Master Chase.

The very popular Ladies Side Saddle Race will be back, and nobody turns out better than the Lady Side Saddlers.

Further, there will be the Heavyweight Race, which is sponsored by longtime Cheshire supporters, Rod and Alice Moorhead.

The Novice Race for horses who have never won over timber follows, and then the big race of the day, The Cheshire Bowl, which is the Open Timber race.

This race invariably features horses that will later run  in My Lady's Manor, the Maryland Grand National and "The Big One', the Maryland Hunt Cup, which is the dream of everyone involved in timber racing to win.

The concluding races are the Ladies Race, the Foxhunter's Timber Race, to be ridden by riders who have never won a race other than a foxhunter's or old-fashioned race, and the Flat Race.

For more information, call Kirstie Grabosky at 484 888 9970 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point features exciting timber race, Easter activites

This year the BRANDYWINE HILLS POINT-TO-POINT will continue its long history within horse-racing in the Delaware Valley community on Sunday, April 1st.

Brandywine Ladies Race 2018Brandywine Ladies Race Originating in 1939, the idea was born at a dinner party as guests questioned the merit and superiority of their own foxhunters.

Shortly thereafter, the race was created to settle the dispute. Seventy-six years later, the race is still going strong, and has developed into a community event.

Through the years, divisions have been added including those for ladies, heavyweights, and ponies ridden by junior jockeys, attracting horses from as far as Maryland and Virginia.

Brandywine Flyer leadline raceBrandywine Leadline raceIn 1987, a new course was built on the grounds of the Brandywine Valley Association, now known as the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.

All proceeds from the race will benefit their programs.

This year the program will include many Easter activities, thrilling steeplechase racing, and tailgating.

Gates open at 10:00am.

To find more information regarding tickets, directions, etc. please visit

Fair Hill Point-to-Point offers thrilling races and family fun activities

The seventh running of the FAIR HILL POINT-TO-POINT is scheduled for Sunday, April 15.

Fair Hill 3 jumpingTimber racing at Fair Hill Point-to-PointThe third and final leg of the Delaware Valley Point-to-Point Series, and the mid-point of the Maryland Steeplechase series, the event at Fair Hill should be an exciting day of timber racing.

Featuring an Open Timber Race, a maiden timber, several flat races, pony races and the ladies’ race, this year’s festivities will have something for everyone.

In addition to returning attractions like the horse and carriage parade, and classic car show, children’s activities and vendors, this year will include a tailgate competition, raffle and once again live music from local favorites, Los Festingos.

Located at the iconic Fair Hill Race Course in Elkton, Md., the venue offers great views of the races, easy access from I-95, Newark, Del., and southeastern Pa.

For additional information contact Race Director Brooke Boyer at 302-530-6975 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Radnor Hunt Races

RADNOR PHOTORadnor Races (Photo by Jim Graham) All rights reserved

The tradition of steeplechases, tailgating and tent parties returns with the 88th Radnor Hunt Races on Saturday, May 19, in Malvern, Pa.

As one of the nation’s top three steeplechases in the spring, the Radnor Hunt Races draw the best thoroughbred horses, riders and trainers across the country, along with 25,000 spectators and the prestige of $190,000 in purse money.

The day’s events also include a spectacular antique carriage parade, the much-loved parade of foxhounds, plus tailgating competitions and hat contests.

The Radnor Hunt Races is a celebrated Main Line institution dating back to the 1930s.

Proceeds from the Races benefit the Brandywine Conservancy, whose work over the past 50 years has focused on protecting water and preserving the breathtaking landscapes, rich history and active farmland surrounding the Brandywine Creek.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management—which has been the lead sponsor for over 30 years—returns as the presenting sponsor of the races.

For information and/or tickets, call 610-388-8383.

Fun with Amwell Valley Hounds in its 2018 Events

AMWELL VALLEY HOUNDS, in Ringoes, N.J., has great events planned for riders, non-riders and families.

Amwell Valley 1Outdoor sport enthusiasts will enjoy Sporting Clay Shoots on April 29 and Oct 14, described as “golf with a shotgun,” over multiple shooting stations.

The Shoots are professionally managed for safe, fun, authentic experiences.

For riders young and old, the AVH Hunter Paces always provide relaxing and enjoyable riding over Amwell Valley hunt countryside.

Amwell Valey 2The Fall pace is a costume Halloween event!

In summer, the Foxhunting Clinic provides opportunity for anyone to learn about attire, hounds and mounted field ettiquette from experienced staff, safely for two or four-legged hunters.

Beginners welcome!

In September, the AVH Hunter Trials and Derby will again offer competitive classes and prizes.

Most events benefit the Friends of AVH, with charitable portions of entries supporting Amwell Valley countryside.

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Bucks County Horse Park boasts a varied show schedule

The BUCKS COUNTY HORSE PARK, a 501(c)3 corporation located in Revere, Pa., relies on membership dues, horse show income and tax-deductible donations for capital improvements, maintenance and operations.

Bucks Co. Horse park 1We strive to provide a multi-faceted facility appealing to riders of all ages and disciplines.

Bucks Co Horse Park 2A varied show schedule, running from April to November each year and offering over 50 events, reflects our desire to provide something for everyone.

Equestrians can purchase a yearly membership, which enables them unlimited use of the facilities from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year.

As a member, competitors also receive discounted rates at all unrecognized horse shows.

Events include dressage, eventing, hunters, jumpers, paces, chases and more.

Bucks co. Horse Park 3Spectators and volunteers are always welcome.

Call 610-847-8597 for more information.

Brandywine Valley Driving Club set to introduce a new generation of juniors to driving

Drawing on a local collection of top performers in the carriage driving world -- competitors, trainers and judges, the BRANDYWINE VALLEY DRIVING CLUB is in a strong position to invest in a new generation of carriage drivers.

Brandywine DrivimgMembers have designed and coordinated a week-long program for talented juniors (with the "equestrian bug") to teach them the basics of safe and competent carriage driving.

Starting with an introduction to the complexities of harness and carriage, the program progresses through the gaits, safe halts, reinback and emergency measures. Great ponies, equipment and setting are important elements.

Young drivers will be exposed to the traditions associated with the carriage era as well as the discipline, thrills and excitement of competition in the pleasure ring and the challenges of combined driving.

The club is pleased to offer the program to the local equine world and to contribute to the preservation of an important slice of equine history.

To learn more about membership, contact Bobbi Hager at 201-572-3425.

Exciting timber racing featured at Willowdale Steeplechase on May 13

The 26th Running of THE WILLOWDALE STEEPLECHASE will take place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.

Willowdale Steeplechase racing towards the finishWillowdale Steeplechase, racing towards the finishThis Chester County event is a spectacular rite of spring and a Mother’s Day tradition for people from all over the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Willowdale features a world class steeplechase course in a community known for the sport’s leading jockeys, trainers and owners.

Come to Willowdale for top level horse racing over jumps, elegant tailgating, family fun - and to be part of a community coming together to support clean water, veterinary excellence and services for children with special needs.

The Willowdale Steeplechase benefits the Stroud Water Research Center, Quest Therapeutic Services and The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets or tailgate parking spots, visit or call the steeplechase office at 610-444-1582.

Kimberton Hunt Club's 73rd annual horse show April 29

The KIMBERTON HUNT CLUB'S 73rd Annual Horse Show will be held on Sunday, April 29, at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show grounds off Route 100, north of Route 401.

Kimmbertpm 2Quality competition is provided for USEF ”C” rated Hunters and Level 1 Jumpers.

This is a wonderful show to warm up for the Devon Horse Show held later in May.

There are prizes, great homemade food, and vendors at the show.



KimbertonTHE KIMBERTON Hunt Club was founded in 1870 and is one of the oldest hunt clubs in North America.

The hunt club works diligently to help preserve surrounding open space for the enjoyment of equestrians, and the local community.

You can follow Kimberton Hunt Club on Instagram, Facebook, and on its web page



The Palm Beach Masters Series continues with rhe Deeridge Derby and the new Palm Beach Open

Palm Beach MastersPalm Beach Masters at Deeridge Farms

The PALM BEACH MASTERS SERIES offers riders, spectators, and sponsors unforgettable hospitality and unrivaled facilities along with thrilling equestrian competition at the magnificent Deeridge Farms in Wellington, Fla.

The Deeridge Derby, Feb.28-March 4, is a USEF nationally-rated invitational show that includes the prestigious $5,000 USHJA National Open Hunter Derby, $5,000 USHJA Junior/Amateur Hunter Derby, $2,500 USHJA Pony Derby, and the highly competitive $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

The new Palm Beach Open, March 22-25, is a USEF rated Jumper 2 show and features courses ranging from .95 to 1.40 meters.

The 2018 Palm Beach Masters Series will feature Classic Champions non-USEF rated young horse jumper classes at both the Deeridge Derby, Feb. 28-March 4, and the new Palm Beach Open, March 22-25.

Created in 2015 by Cynthia Hampton, Classic Champions Tour is specifically for 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old jumpers and is based on European principles which modernize the show experience for young horses in North America.

The courses are made to fit horses’ age with adapted heights, types of fences, lines, and turns, all over top-notch footing, which is a trademark of Deeridge Farms.

For more information, visit

Georgia Rescue recently saved two mules from the killers at Lancaster Auction

Meet our new friends at SAVE THE HORSES RESCUE.

Save the Horses Rescue in Cumming, Ga., was started years ago by Cheryl Flanagan.

Ga. rescue 1Cheryl was a 4 H and US Pony Club leader when she started taking horses who were retiring from the Tampa Bay Down Race Track.

She worked many additional hours with law enforcement, helping abandoned and neglected horses in the area.

The organization began to take on a life of it’s own, and 30 years later, the group now takes a variety of horses and other animals into its rescue named The Horse Rescue Relief and Retirement Fund, Inc., or better know now as ‘Save The Horses.’

Its retraining program at Save the Horses is totally based on trust ,with no time limit for the animal.

Ga. rescue 3Please see its 2nd Annual Charity Horse Show ad here, for June 20th.

Ga. rescue 2Recently, two very old mules were rescued at a Lancaster Auction just before being sent to slaughter. and they were taken to this rescue in Georgia.

Quite by accident, a local Chester County Artist (our own, Ginny Jenkins) heard of the rescue, saw a picture of one (ironically taken by the kill buyer, unbeknownst to Jenkins), and inspired her to paint this picture of the grey mule, now named Earl.

She portrayed the animal’s strength of character here - after years of hard work and finally being cast aside.

Thus another new friendship between caring people and animals in need.

Ginny titled the painting “BRAVEHEART” for this animal’s bravery and ever so kindly spirit. Prints may soon be available as a fund raiser.

For more iformation, call 770-886-5419.

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