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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Spring & Summer Events Preview

Meet Rita Mae Brown at Fair Hill Hounds Fund Raiser on May 18

FAIR HILL, Md.--Fox hunting or fox chasing as some prefer has been held over the 5000 acres of the former Willie duPont grounds since the 1940's.

RITA MAE BROWN 1(Photo by Jon R. Smith)Mr. duPont brought his hounds up from Virginia to establish his Foxcatcher Farm in Fair Hill, Md.

Upon his death in 1965 his daughter, Jean Sheehan, became the Master of the Foxcatcher Hounds.

In 1974, the State of Maryland purchased the land with many acres to be opened as a public park, but Jean was able to continue hunting until she retired the Foxcatcher Hounds in 1980.

RITA 3Along came Miss Patsy duPont who had been hunting with both Willie and Jean as she grew up.

She was able to reach a lease agreement with the State of Maryland to continue hunting with her own hounds.

Miss Patsy was the most gracious of neighbors inviting many to hunt with her. She passed away in 2013.

Many of us who followed hounds with Miss Patsy and her wonderful huntsman, Kevin Whyte, were saddened by her death.

With the help of a well known Maryland resident, Lana duPont Wright, a group assumed the foxhunting lease, and Fair Hill Hounds was established in 2013.

Miss Patsy had the means to cover the expenses of not only the lease but the upkeep of her hounds, staff horses and full time staff.

RITA MAE BROWN 2(Photo by Jon R. Smith)Since Fair Hill Hounds was established, our small group of enthusiastic fox chasers have tried to keep the tradition of foxhunting throughout Fair Hill's countryside.

Fair Hill Hound's is having a fund raiser the evening of May 18 at 6:30 in collaboration with Fair Hill International.

The well known author, Rita Mae Brown, and Master of her own Oak Ridge Hunt in Afton, Va., will present "FASHIONS IN FOX HUNTING."

All proceeds from the sale of the Pasta Dinner tickets, Rita Mae Brown book sales, silent and live auction will go toward keeping Fair Hill Hounds running over hill and dale for 2019-2020.

Checks in the amount of $30.00 made out to Fair Hill Hounds can be mailed to 209 Fox Run Lane Lincoln University, Pa. 19352.

For more details

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to be more exciting than ever with numerous Olympians competing

DEVON, Pa.--The 123rd Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, May 23 to June 2, promises to be even more exciting than ever! Here are some highlights:

Devon horse rider Brenda CarpenterDevon exhibitor (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)Thursday, May 23 is being dubbed: COMMUNITY NIGHT, with evening activities in the picnic grove focused on area high school booster clubs, special appearance by the Eagles cheerleaders as well as great food and even a special raffle for all those purchasing a Derby Book.

The Dixon Oval will be taken over by the 3rd Annual Dog contest presented by What a Good Dog.

This year they will also be presenting the very special Halo Awards (check out the website for more information and entries effective March 15th).

Kids will love a new Afternoon Tea Party to be held on May 25th in the picnic grove as well as the ever popular Itty Bitty Hat Parade on June 2nd.

Another kids favorite is the Pony Hunt Teams on May 25th .

Devon carriage Brenda CarpenterCarriage competitons (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)Course design is always a focus and this year will be even more so as Guilherme Jorge of Brazil is designing the Jumper course.

His design of the 2018 Olympic Games jumper course was great for all those to watch and enjoy.

Devon Chris Talley Sandros StarChris Talley on Sandros Star won the 2018 Arena Eventing (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)Capital Mark Phillips is returning to design the ever popular course for Arena Eventing on Sunday, May 26th (private VIP tables are available in the Devon Club for a perfect view!).

In 2018 Prize Money continues to increase and attracts more top tier show jumpers each year - six Olympians competed in 2018.

The prize list is available on the website.

While exhibitions are still being finalized, it has been confirmed that the fast and fun Border Collies will be doing a demonstration on Friday, May 24th!

Keep checking the website for more updates!

Radnor Races draws top thoroughbred steeplechase horses

MALVERN, Pa.--The 89th Radnor Hunt Races will be held on Saturday, May 18, in Willistown Township.

Radnor RacesThe Radnor Hunt Races is a springtime tradition that draws the best thoroughbred horses, riders and trainers across the country, along with nearly 25,000 spectators.

Decorate your hat with the help of local milliners and view a cigar rolling demonstration at our Cocktails, Chapeaux & Cigars evening on March 28 or enjoy a day of race-themed shopping at our Radnor Hunt Races Pop-Up Shop on April 25.

Both of these pre-race events will help you create the perfect look for you and your tailgate and get the whole family ready for race day!

For 40 years, the Radnor Hunt Races has solely benefited the Brandywine Conservancy, raising over $5 million for its clean water and open space efforts.

For details and to learn about our pre-race events, visit or call 610.388.8383.

Bucks County Horse Park offers a variety of shows and events

The Bucks County Horse Park, a 501(c)3 corporation, relies on membership dues, horse show income, and tax-deductible donations for capital improvements, maintenance and operations.

Bucks Horse park 2We strive to provide a multi-faceted facility, appealing to riders of all ages and disciplines.

Bucks Horse Park 1We have a varied show schedule, running from April to November each year, and we offer over 50 events, which 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.

Bucks Horse park 3Please feel free to contact us at 610-847-8597 or visit our website:

Spectators and Volunteers are always welcome!

$3,500 Mini Prix at Kimberton Waldorf School on June 9

KIMBERTON, Pa--The $3,500 Mini Prix will be held at the Kimberton Waldorf School on Sunday June 9.

kimb prixReturning this year will the $500 Low Jumper Mini Prix sponsored by TR Mini Prix’s and The Freedom Horse Show Series.

FHSS will honor points from this class towards year end awards.

Our event is free of charge to the public!

Kimb 2Bring family and friends, pull up a chair, roll out a blanket or enjoy our bleacher style sitting area that overlooks the main ring.

Food and other refreshments will be available for sale along with venders for shopping.

Our event is rain or shine so please come prepared.

Kimb 3For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or a prize list please follow us on Facebook at Mini Prix, Instagram @trminiprix, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a shout at 484-797-5031.

We look forward to seeing you at our event!

Two Big Changes for The 27th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase Races on May 12


KENNETT SQUARE, Pa--The 27th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase will be held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12.

Willowdale 1The Water Jump (Photo by Jim GrahamThis year, horses will compete in six races for over $100,000 in prize money.

The first big change for Willowdale 2019is that it will be live streamed, so people all over the world will now be able to watch the Willowdale races!

The live stream will include a network quality TV show similar to what we see in other sports and will feature highlights of the horses as well as interviews with jockeys, trainers and sponsors.

The second change: This year there will be an amateur race over hurdles which are National Fences.

Hurdles create a different challenge for the horse and rider than the post and rail obstacles.

Willowdale 2The turn (photo by Jim Graham)“The Liam Magee SOTA Apprentice Rider race was formerly run on the flat, “says race chairman W. B. Dixon Stroud, Jr. “This change will allow amateurs hurdle race experience. There are more races for amateurs over post and rail fences in the United States, so the hurdle race at Willowdale presents a new opportunity.”

As always, The Willowdale Steeplechase will feature top level horse racing over jumps, elegant tailgating, high fashion and, most importantly, a community coming together to support these worthy causes: clean water, veterinary excellence and services for children with special needs.

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

Willowdale 3The stretch (photo by Jim Graham)Willowdale's race course is styled after a combination of European and American race courses and features the spectacular water jump, hedges, and post and rail jumps.

Each reserved tailgate parking space offers panoramic views of the course - whether from high on the hill or right on the rail.

There are also pony races, Jack Russell Terrier races and an Antique Car display.

The hugely popular Miss Nancy Nicholas Memorial Side Saddle Field Master’s Chase over fences returns again, and there are local food vendors, activities for children, and upscale boutique shopping.

From the inaugural race on Saturday, May 22, 1993 until today, the Willowdale Steeplechase has donated over $1,000,000 to local charities.

Visit to purchase tickets and learn more.


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