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Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to be more exciting than ever with nummeous 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!

The Point-to-Point at Winterthur annually draws huge crowds for exciting steeplechase racing

WINTERTHUR, Del.--Entering its fifth decade as the Brandywine Valley’s premier springtime event, Point-to-Point at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library near Wilmington, Del., will return May 5, 2019, with all the steeplechase racing action and pageantry that have made it a much-beloved tradition.

Photo by Ben Fournier 1About 20,000 attendees pack picnic lunches or prepare elegant tailgate parties, dress their best, and don their finest hats for a day of fun.

Visitors enjoy the spectacle and thundering hooves of three professional steeplechase races over a 3.2-mile course with eight fences that are jumped by each horse and rider 17 thrilling times for a total $71,000 in purses.

Photo by Bob Leitch 1Events and features include a flat race, one of the largest processions of antique horse-drawn carriages in the country, an impressive display of historic Rolls Royce and Bentley automobiles; the Marketplace for shoppers; and the Winterthur Hunt, with activities for kids and pups.

Wear the best hat to match your finest ensemble. Secret expert fashion spotters will comb the crowd in search of the best dressed. The winner will receive a $500 hat from Christine A. Moore Milliner, New York, and a $500 shopping spree from the Wilmington Country Store.

Buy a $5 raffle ticket for an opportunity to win a $500 purse. One winner will be drawn after each of the four races.

Admission wristbands, parking passes, and tailgate spaces are on sale now at on-site at Winterthur, online at until April 26, by phone at 800.448.3883.

Photo by Ben Fournier 2Proceeds from Point-to-Point support Winterthur—known worldwide for its preeminent collection of American decorative arts, naturalistic gardens, and research library for the study of American art and material culture.


Cheshire Point-to-Point on March 31 features a new, all visible course

UNIONVILLE, Pa--This year’s 73rd running of the Cheshire Point-to-Point Races on March 31features a newly designed race course, the inspiration of Maryland Hunt Cup winner Dixon Stroud, which will offer spectators a full view of the race course at Plantation Field.

CHESHIRE P TO PTraditionally, the Cheshire races are the important first step to prepare horses for the Maryland Hunt Cup.

Many Cheshire winners have gone on to claim victory at the Maryland Hunt Cup, including the 2016 and 2018 winner, Senior Senator and 2nd place finisher Joshua G.

All four of our current Cheshire Masters have ridden in – and won – the prestigious Maryland Hunt Cup.

Additional changes to this year’s race day format include extending the finish line and hillside parking as well as relocating the hospitality tent next to the winner’s circle, and all parking passes will also include entrance to the hospitality tent.

The Cheshire Point-to-Point serves as the largest fundraiser for the Cheshire Hunt Conservancy which works to conserve open space through conservation, educational and young rider programs, on behalf of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds.

Gates will open at 10:00 a.m with paddock time for the first of three pony races at 11:00 am followed by a junior race and four exciting timber races.
For race day information, sponsorship, advertising and tickets - please visit the website at or on its Facebook page at

Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point coming on April 7

NORTHBROOK, Pa--Preparations are underway for the 77th running of the Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point on Sunday, April 7, the oldest point-to-point in the Delaware Valley.

Brandywine 1Come and enjoy exciting races, children’s activities, a parade of foxhounds and great food for purchase onsite.

The gates open at 11 a.m. at the Myrick Conservation Center at 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road in Pocopson Township.

Brandywine 2The event is sponsored by the Radnor Hunt, whose hounds will be on hand to entertain guests.

The event benefits the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance.

Admission is as low as $20 per carload, and premium parking spots along the final approach to the finish line are also available.

Branywine 3The first race begins at noon with pony races including the youngest riders with stick pony races and lead lines.

Throughout the afternoon the races that follow include five over timber: ladies, novice, heavyweight, open and foxhunter.

Visit for more information.

Fair Hill Point-to-Point includes pony races, junior races, and timber races

FAIR HILL, Md.--In its 8th year, the Fair Hill Point-to-Point continues to provide a fun-packed, family-oriented day of pony races, junior races, and timber races.

Fair Hill 1Timber race (Photo by Harry Aycock)The Fair Hill Point-to-Point offers a schedule that consists of morning races geared to rising young jockeys, showcasing the stars of tomorrow.

The afternoon races consist of flat and timber races aligned with the Delaware Valley Point-to-Point Association and the Maryland Steeplechase Association.

Fair Hill 3Leadline Pony race (Photo by Harry Aycock)This year we have two additional races featuring a hurdle race focused on the younger riders moving from the junior ranks at our Point-to-Point to future National Steeplechase races, and a flat race for horses stabled at the prestigious Fair Hill Training Center.

In addition to the races, there will be food, drink, and vendors on site.

Easter Sunday programming will include an Easter egg hunt and activities for younger children organized by our beneficiary - the Fair Hill Nature Center.

Fair Hill 2Fair Hill races (Photo by Harry Aycock)The Nature Center is located on the sprawling Fair Hill property and provides outdoor nature-oriented education programs to thousands of local students and families annually.

Ponies go to the paddock at 10am. Post time is 10:15 for the first race.

For more information visit

The Grand National, the most demanding 3 mile timber race

BUTLER, Md.--Begun in 1898 by several young men who wanted to compete, but were too young to enter in the Maryland Hunt Cup, the Grand National Steeplechase became a standard in Maryland Timber Racing.

Grand NationalGrand National field (Photo by Doug Lees)The two races are often compared, and do share many similarities.

But if the Hunt Cup is the most demanding timber race, the Grand National is the most demanding three mile timber race—a critical difference, as the  shorter distance means faster racing over 18 unyielding obstacles.

Since the race moved to the current course in 1946 there have been 16 horses to win both races, but there have been15 Hunt Cup winners to start the Grand National and never win.

The Grand National Steeplechase is a truly unique race with its own distinct set  of challenges.

So many great equine names of the sport have graced the Grand National, but only a few have left their mark with the distinction of having won the race Three times.

They are: Inshore, Winton, Landing Party, Mountain Dew, Buck Jakes and Welter Weight.

Grand Nat2018 winner Senior Senator (Photo by Doug Lees)With his fourth win in 2001, Welter Weight, joined only one other in winning more than three times.

The other, a six-time winner and still reigning king of the Grand National, is Mountain Dew.

Eight starts, six wins, two seconds and never a faller over 144 fences, he beat horses that had won or would win the Hunt Cup.

He would make history in that race as well.

In 2019, The Grand National Steeplechase celebrates its 117th Running – a milestone for a thriving event.

Grand National Day, the second to last Saturday in April, has been and will continue to be one of the most highly anticipated days of the year for all enthusiasts of the sport.

Gates open at noon for this year's race on April 20 with the first race at 3:15.


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.

Ryerss "Run for the Horses" And Brandywine Valley PHA donation

ELVERSON, Pa.--Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is a non-profit organization located on 387 acres in Elverson.

PHA Ryerss 003Front Row from Left to Right: Annde Solway(PHA Secretary), Nancy Tully(PHA Treasurer), Amber Slaymaker(Ryerss Animal Welfare Manager), Erin Renski(Ryerss Weekend Caregiver), Jennifer Yoder and Josie Parman.
Second Row frrom Left to Right: Sue Oas, Mark Powell(PHA Chairman), Betsey Mehl and Judy Armstrong.
Unseen our photographer Bill Venditta(PHA Vice-Chairman)
It is havinga "Run for the Life of the Horses", with 10K, 5K runs and a 1 mile walk fundraiseron Saturday, April 13.

Location of race is at Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, Pa. 19465 Gates open at noon, Race starts at 1pm - rain or shine.

Go to to pre-register by April 6.

It has been established for 130 years, and it currently has 80 horses in its care, all over the minimum age of 20.

Some are brought in by their caring owners, some are rescues and some are retired from equine careers.

In order to keep costs down and to be more self-sustainable a portion of the property is farmed for hay and straw.

This year due to an unusually wet season their straw crop failed, and they were forced to solicit additional donations to cover the cost of purchasing replacement straw.

At the January meeting of the Brandywine Valley Chapter of the Professional Horsemen Association (PHA) the club unanimously voted to send a $1000.00 donation to help, because without horses there would be no horsemen.

Through many weather-related delays, the PHA was finally able to present their donation on Feb. 24.

The Officers and members of the club were able to present the check to Farm Manager, Amber Slaymaker and Weekend Caregiver, Erin Renski.

PHA members were given a tour and able to meet 60 of the residents.

Reading the history of each resident that is mounted on their stalls was fascinating and heartbreaking at times.

Ryerss is open for visitors daily from 10 to 4 (bring the kids) and is always welcoming volunteers.

You don't have to know how to care for horses, they will teach you.

For more info call 610-469-0533.

Anyone who would like to learn more about Ryerss or make a tax-deductible donation to the Straw Fund can go to itswebsite at

The Profession Horsemen's Association is an organization that promotes education about horses, promotes interest in the horse industry and provides educational support to members children in our area, as well as providing financial support to Horsemen in our area in times of emergency.

New members are always welcome!

You don't have to be a professional horseman to join the PHA., you just have a love of horses and a desire to help others.

To learn more about the Brandywine Valley Chapter of the PHA view the Facebook page at PHA Brandywine Valley or come to one of the meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 7PM at Northbrook Marketplace (upstairs).

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