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Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, May 25 to June 4

Beginning Thursday, May 25, and running through Sunday, June 4, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will be celebrating its 127th Anniversary with nearly $1 million in prize money.

Devon horse jump packed standsEach year, the Devon Horse Show unites top equestrians from a variety of disciplines as they compete for a spot in the winner's circle in the famed and prestigious Dixon Oval.

Known for being the place “Where Champions Meet," the Devon Horse Show has been a can't-miss event for riders since its inception in 1896.

As always, this year's event will feature Show Jumping, Equitation, Hunters, Eventing, Saddlebred, Hackney, Hunter Breeding, and Coaching divisions for all to enjoy.

Exhibitor information for the 2023 Devon Horse Show, including the prize list, stabling information, feed and bedding forms as well as tentative time schedules and so much more are available to exhibitors online at the Devon website.

The show opens with Junior Weekend May 25 – May 28.

Devon carriage Brenda CarpenterFor the 5th year, Devon is continues the Devon Arena Eventing Class which has become one of the most popular evenings during the 11-day show and will round out the first weekend of competition on Sunday evening.

ONE OF THE most popular attractions at the horse show each year is the high-stepping, incredibly versatile American Saddlebreds.

At Devon, the American Saddlebred is exhibited in several different divisions including five-gaited, three-gaited, fine harness, pleasure, park, and western.

The competitive sport of coaching, a time-honored Devon tradition, allows spectators a unique glimpse into 19th-century life.

Devon Country Fair Brenda CarpenterAs one of the few venues where competitive coaching can be seen, Devon Horse Show’s coaching division is open to entries driven to authentic Road Coach or Park Drag.

Five-night FEI CSI 4* Open Jumper competition begins Tuesday evening May 30 with the $38,700 Jet Run Welcome Stake, Wednesday’s $38,700 Main Line Challenge, Thursday’s sell-out $226,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon, Friday’s $38,700 Devon Speed Derby and finishes on Saturday, June 3 with the $145,100 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake.

The Devon Horse Show is widely recognized for its world-class hunter competition and will once again be hosting a variety of hunter divisions with a US Equestrian (USEF) Premier hunter rating.

The country's top hunter riders will compete for the coveted title in the favorite $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, sponsored by the Wheeler family, Thursday, June 1.

The 11-day show will end with all the pony and horse breeding divisions on Sunday, June 4.

Get a leg up into your saddle or even your carriage! Fair Hill International does not disappoint

FAIR HILL, Md.--For 35 years, Fair Hill International has been providing multi-level competitions in Eventing, Endurance Riding and Combined Driving.

F Hi inter With a motto of “From Green to Gold,” we provide opportunities all season long for equestrians of all levels to train and test their mounts through schoolings, clinics, Starter Trials, and Nationally and Internationally Recognized Horse Trials.

We host athletes that are “green” to these sports, as well as those that have been members of our “gold” medal Olympic teams.

Start your year by being amazed!

We host an Endurance Competition on April 1 where competitors ride 10, 25 or 50 miles.

There is even a “Ride and Tie” competition which combines running, riding, endurance and strategy.

Teams consist of two runners and one horse who complete a course by taking turns “leapfrogging” each other, one runs while the other rides.

FH inter 2Following this, we offer our first Recognized Horse Trials of the year, April 21-23.

There will be Training divisions as well as Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S.

This event always promises excitement with lots of spectator activities to make it fun for all ages!

The month of May has not only a Starter Horse Trial for the true beginners of our sport but also another Recognized event that includes the new Modified Division that so many event riders are talking about.

As always, you can come try your own skills and practice during our schooling days for show jump, dressage and cross country.

FHinter 3Dynamic June starts off with a combined driving competition.

Thrilling to watch these talented horse and driver combinations attempt what seems absolutely impossible!

Teams of one, two or four horses compete by pulling carriages driven with precision to perform in the dressage ring and head out to conquer obstacle courses on Cross Country.

Check out our calendar at fairhillinternational.org and come join the fun!

We would love to have you.

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Horse and Tack auction first Friday every month

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.V.--Join us the first Friday evening of every month for one of the tri-state area’s best HORSE AND TACK AUCTION! 

RSD11Loads of new and used tack go up for auction at  6 p.m., and the horses of all breeds, registered and grade, start at 8 p.m. sharp! 


We also have tack vendors and lots of great food…..and buyers and sellers from all over the United States!

Upcoming auction dates to note now are:

RSD 2Mar 3, 2023
April 7, 2023
(Special Catalogue Auction)
June 2, 2023
July 7, 2023
August 4, 2023

Please mark your calendars now.

The 2022 Spring Roundup Auction Results are in:

High Seller: $15,000.00

Top five average: $8,440.00

RSD 3Top 10 average: $6680.00

Overall average: $2,485.00

Valley Equine Vet is on Premises during the sale.

RSD offers a three Day Soundness Guarantee!

The sale is located at 1175 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville, W.V. 25430.

The Office phone is 304-876-8326

Wicomico Hunt Point-to-Point 2nd annual meet on April 16

EARLEVILLE, Md.--Mount Harmon Plantation and Wicomico Hunt Club are co-hosting the not to be missed event of the spring ~ the 2nd running of the Mount Harmon-Wicomico Point-to-Point races on April 16.

Wicom 1(Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe)Plan to join us for a great day of spring races at one of Maryland’s most beautiful historic sites, featuring 10 races, including six timber races, one flat, and three pony races that kick off at 10:00 am.

These races are part of Delaware Valley Point-to-Point series and the Maryland Steeplechase Governor’s Cup Series, and it's Maryland’s only waterfront point to point races!

After the morning pony races, there will be a will be a special Junior & Invitational Field Master Chase, followed by the Wicomico Hunt Club Hound Parade, Brandywine Valley Driving Club Antique Carriage Parade and the judging of the Tailgate & Hat Contests.

Post time for the afternoon timber races is at 1:30pm.

The featured race, The Wicomico Hunt Cup, is an open event over the three-mile Mount Harmon Course, with Post Time at 3 pm.

Don’t miss our Point to Point Marketplace with Open Air Food Court, Tavern and Marketplace with artisan and equestrian vendors and merchants for all to enjoy.

Wicom 2(Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe)Mount Harmon Plantation is located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and it features a restored 18th century manor house, a formal boxwood garden, a 200-acre nature preserve, miles of scenic nature trails and a stunning Tidewater setting.

The racecourse was completed for our April 2022 inaugural event, and it includes 11 timber fences set on established turf.

Over 1,000 attended the inaugural point to point April 16, 2022 to rave reviews.

Be sure to join us for a great day of spring point to point racing in the countryside overlooking the Sassafras River.

Advanced tickets only.

Tailgates, sponsorships, tickets, and advertising opportunities are available online at www.mountharmon.org.

Wicom 3(Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe)For race information, contact Brooke Boyer at 302-530-6975, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proceeds benefit Mount Harmon Plantation and Wicomico Hunt Club.

Mount Harmon Plantation is located at 600 Mount Harmon Road, POB 65, Earleville, MD 21919.

Visit www.mountharmon.org or call 410-275-8819 or go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Penn State quarter horse sale preview featured on April 29

UNIVERSITY PARK,PA.--This year the Penn State Equine Science program will be hosting their 21st Annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale following a hybrid format through Pro Horse Services.

Penn 1The preview event will be held on Saturday, April, 29 at the Snider Agricultural Arena.

The horses will not be sold that day in a live auction; however, the public is invited to view the horses under saddle, meet the students, and tour the equine facilities.

The sale is the equine program’s biggest public event.

Penn 2During the spring semester, more than 60 students in ANSC 117 Equine Marketing are involved in all aspects of preparing for the sale–from getting sponsorships and creating advertisements to working to get the horses broke and ready to be ridden.

Penn 3The hybrid option allows students to network with buyers and other people in the equine industry while still reaching potential buyers from across the country.

The day will also include a demonstration by the students, a free lunch, information about the ongoing equine research and a silent auction to benefit the Ward Studebaker Horse Farm Endowment.

For more information about the sale visit sites.psu.edu/quarterhorsesale/ or follow us on Penn State Quarter Horses’ Facebook and Instagram pages.

Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point Races!!! Coming April 1

UNIONVILLE, PA.--Spring is right around the corner which means Point-to-Point season is about to get underway!

Brandy 1Radnor Hunt Hound Parade lead by Field Master James Dean (Photo by Jim Graham)The Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point is scheduled for SATURDAY, APRIL 1; race goers please note we are running on Saturday not Sunday.

This is the oldest point-to-point in the Delaware Valley and proceeds benefit the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance’s environmental education and watershed conservation programs.

The Presenting Sponsor is the Radnor Hunt Foxhunters & The Hounds Foundation.

Race day offers fun and exciting pony and horse races, parade of foxhounds, antique cars, and a children’s activities area.

The day begins with the Junior Field Master Chase at 12 Noon, followed by four pony races on the flat as well as a stick pony race.

Brandy 2Side Saddle jockeys over the stone wall in the 2022 Inaugural Side Saddle Timber Race at the
Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point (Photo by Jim Graham)
At 1:45, jump races begin with the Ladies’ Race, followed by the Amateur Apprentice, Novice, Open and concluding with the Side Saddle Race at 3:45.

Gates open at 11 a.m. off Route 842 with preferred parking, $60, near the finish line and general admission parking for $25 per car.

Refreshments available on-site for purchase.

Stick Pony Race 2022Stick Pony Race 2022Raffle tickets are available at $10 for purchase to win prizes including a trip, artwork, restaurant certificates and Devon Horse Show box seats.

The H.E. Myrick Conservation Center is the headquarters of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRC).

The 318-acre property is located in Pocopson Township along Route 842, six miles west of West Chester and three miles east of Unionville.

Contact: Betsy @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 610-793-1090.

Visit www.brandywineredclay.org for more information.

Kathy Goodman helps riders find their best mental game

Kathy Goodman is a lifelong equestrian who discovered her passion for helping riders with the mental performance aspects of their sport when she found herself struggling with her own mental game while competing on the A-circuit, and then once again after a series of shoulder injuries left her confidence in the dirt.

Kathy 1She followed her passions to achieve a Pressure Proof Coaching certification from Coach Stewart whose program aims to aid riders in discovering their best mental game.

The Pressure Proof program is designed to help riders overcome pressures that are uniquely associated with riding horses.

No one ever heard a tennis player say that their match started poorly because their chestnut mare of a tennis racquet failed to load on the trailer easily, a swimmer say that they forgot their course midway through their event, or a basketball player say they are afraid the ball might buck them off in the corner.

Kathy 2The program can be delivered through traditional mounted clinics, private in person or remote coaching, or in seminar format.

Coach Kathy has competitive and coaching experience in show jumping, hunters, eventing, dressage, and liberty work.

Kathy 3She combines her passion for horses, equestrian sport, sports psychology, and helping others achieve their goals through utilizing the Pressure Proof program, pursuing equestrian-based continuing education opportunities with leading industry professionals, and pursuing her masters in counseling.

For more information, email Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 410-925-6881 (cell).

Cheshire Point-to-Point scheduled for Sunday, March 26

By Richard R.P. (Buzzy) Hannum

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--The Cheshire Point-to-Point, on Sunday, March 26, has had any number of memorable winners, many of whom have gone on to win the Maryland Hunt Cup.

CheshireAmong those, two of the most memorable are trainer Betty Bird and Buzzy Hannum, who rode for her and who wrote this in memory of Betty who is being honored at this year's meet.

That combination won the featured Cheshire Bowl a number of times.

Elizabeth Cromwell Bosley Bird was a uniquely talented person.

She told me that her formal education ended at 6th grade.

However, she was able to relate on their own level to people ranging on the social scale from the guy handling a pitchfork in her barn to the Queen of England.

Everyone, especially me, loved her.

Her talents ranged from being the best person with animals that I ever saw, to a professional fashion model, to an Olympic show ring rider, to a uniquely talented steeplechase horse trainer.

As a result of the kindness of my close friend, Paddy Neilson, I was the beneficiary of the latter talent.

Betty BirdBetty BirdShe told me that her horses were well schooled.

If I wanted to ride for her, I needed to leave them alone as they approached a fence, otherwise I could ride for someone else.

I wanted to ride for her.

There was no question that they were really well schooled.

She had done most of it herself.

Following her instructions led to the opportunity to ride extremely talented horses and we had considerable success.

However, the most important thing was the opportunity to spend time with her.

She had a charm that would allow her to escape the misdeeds with which she was frequently faced.

Cheshire 1For example, when returning from the Middleburg races she was stopped by a Washington police officer on Rt 95 for speeding.

She told him an unbelievable story about her sick mother in the hospital.

The police officer took pity on her and allowed her to go with a warning, telling her to be safe and comply with the speed limit.

She allowed the police officer to get back in his car and leave.

Then she pressed the gas pedal to the metal and proceeded on her way north at a rate well in excess of the speed limit.

Unfortunately, the same police officer was waiting for her 10 miles down the road. He again stopped her.

I said, “Let’s see you get out of this.”

Next thing I knew we were again proceeding north with another warning.

I said “What did you say.”

She said “Cops are so easy.”


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Cotner Trailers, an authorized Kingston Trailer dealer

REVERE, Pa.--Cotner Trailers is an authorized Kingston Trailer dealer. Kingston, manufactured in Massachusetts, is one of the most respected names in custom hand-built all-aluminum horse trailers.

 Cotner 1 Its dedication to creating the best aluminum frame horse trailer in the industry is proven time and time again.

These trailers offer more comfort, convenience and space than any other in their class.

Cotner 2Kingston Trailers has been making horse trailers, exclusively for the last 60 years and includes a full line of bumper-pulls and gooseneck models. See www.kingstontrailers.com.

Cotner Trailers is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, near the Bucks County Horse Park on Route 611.

Horse trailer repairs, inspections, modifications and service are its specialty, but the company has been building horse trailers since 1971.

Cotner 3The Cotner brand specializes in bumper pull horse trailers for all size horses.

Models range from a single horse trailer to an extra-large two horse trailer.

Custom trailers are not a problem, because all trailers are hand-made, custom built one at a time with care at the facility in Revere, Pa.

Its one piece fiberglass roof will never leak and will actually keep your trailer color than an aluminum roof trailer.

The aluminum skin keeps the trailer light weight and the steel frame gives strength for the trailer to hold up over the years.

Cotner Trailers will repair, inspect and modify any brand trailer.

Cotner Trailers also specializes in other types of trailers.

 We offer BWise Trailers dump trailers for your manure, dirt or gravel and equipment and landscaping trailers for your tractors.

If you need an enclosed trailer, an assortment of Pace-American trailers are always in inventory.

Please check out the website at www.cotnertrailers.com or call Cotner Trailers at 888-856-3138.

Paul Congelosi, in business 30 years, can help you buy the right trailer

MONTGOMERY, N.Y.--Driving onto the lot here at Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales can be quite an experience.

ConelosiAs you walk in, you can see our 18,000 sq. ft. facility and 300+ trailer inventory.

We believe that buying a trailer, especially a horse trailer, is a long term investment.

There are many different trailer manufacturers and many different dealers across the US, but we believe that our commitment to long term service sets us apart.

There are a few questions to answer as you consider your needs for a new or pre-owned horse trailer.

How many horses do you want to haul? Do you prefer a straight load or a slant load? Might a stock trailer do the trick for you?

Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales has been in business for over 30 years, and over this time we have gained the knowledge to help lead you in the right direction.

Congelosi 2However, before you decide on a trailer, you have to learn what works for you and your horses!

When you’re ready for your next purchase, come see us!

Congelosi 2You won’t encounter a pushy sales experience; you’ll meet with an experienced and knowledgeable staff that will have you and your horses best interests in mind!

Give Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales a call at (888)310-2246 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Happy trailering!

Shetron manufacturing offers custom built trailers at great prices

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa.--Shetron Trailer Sales and Service is revolutionizing the industry by providing top-quality services for trailers at prices customers can afford.

Shetron bigShetron Trailer Sales and Service also sells a full line of custom state-of-the-art gooseneck and bumper pull aluminum trailers for horses, livestock and cargo, as well as specialty application fabricated by Shetron Manufacturing here in Shippensburg, Pa..

Plus.....Shetron takes pride in producing these high-quality units at/or below other competing aluminum trailers in the marketplace.

Shetron 2See our 2-horse "Sport" model w/Dressing Room, our "Elite 2-horse model with 4 foot dressing room, and our "Econo Sport" model.

Ask about custom-built living quarters trailers and visit our website to see many more options for sale too.

Shetron 3Shetron Auction and Equipment holds a farm and equipment auction the last Wednesday of every month.

For more information about our auctions, please go to www.shetronequipment.com.

Delwood Trailer Sales, a full service dealership

Delwood Trailer Sales, Inc., is a full service dealership that has been serving customers for over 30 years.

Delwood 1We are family owned and operated, and our background goes back generations in horses and farming.

We offer a full line of trailer types, styles and configurations and offer only the best manufacturers in the industry.

We stock a huge selection of horse, livestock, equipment, enclosed and dump trailers.

We also custom build to suit specific customer needs.

The horse and livestock brands we carry include Adam, Lakota, Platinum, CornPro and Gooseneck Brand.

Our equipment brands include Big Tex, Better Built and Homesteader.

By offering a huge variety, we are able to provide trailers for all needs,

Our customers include people who ride or show professionally or just for fun, as well as farmers, horse shippers, standardbred racers and 4-H and FFA members, to name a few.

Delwood 2We are the largest and oldest Adam dealer in the country.

Adam provides everything from stock trailers or two horse to the popular 2+1 and head-to-head trailers.

Adam living quarters include the top of the line Gunslinger interiors.

Each Adam trailer is custom build in its own bay, there is no assembly line process.

This provides greater attention to detail and customization without a huge price tag.

We also stock a huge selection of Lakota living quarters trailers.

Lakota builds a quality aluminum LQ at an affordable price.

The Charger Edition is Lakota;s best selling living quarters and is known as the overall best value in theindustry.

Numerous options and floor plans are available.

Delwood 3The Colt Edition offers an all aluminum living quarters that can be built to fit any budget.

If we don't have what you are looking for in our inventory, we can build it for you.

We are centrally located in Delaware and easy to access.

Our lot is stocked with both new and used trailers of all types.

We have a full service shop that provides trailer service and repairs as well as setting up your tow vehicle.

Our business motto has always been to provide the best price we can and to offer the best possible service.

Visit www.DelwoodTrailers.net or call 302-284=4480 or email at DelwoodTrailersSales @hotmail.com.


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