April 2014 Issue - page 6

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May 2014
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
The Devon Horse Show and
Country Fair returns for its 118th
celebration May 22 through June
1 and benefits the Bryn Mawr
Hospital. For 11 days, the United
States’ largest multi-breed horse
show will feature the most rivet-
ing figures in equestrian talent
and entertainment.
The First Night at Devon,
hosted by the Devon Art Gal-
lery, will be held the night before
the official opening of the show
on Wednesday, May 21. Guests
can enjoy a light fare of hors
d’ouevres and cocktails while
viewing artwork depicting the
quintessential atmosphere of
Devon in action.
Thursday opens with hunter
ponies, the jumper phase of the
WIHS Equitation Classic, and
the USEF Show Jumping Talent
Search, with juniors compet-
ing both Friday and Saturday in
hunters and jumpers. After the
ASPCAMaclay in the morning,
the junior jumpers’ Gambler’s
Choice will be begin at 8pm on
Friday. Saturday evening brings
back the exciting and formal
horse and pony Hunt Teams
along with an exhibition from the
Radnor Hunt and their hounds.
Sunday afternoon will showcase
a Carriage Pleasure Drive that
winds through the streets before
finishing in the Dixon Oval.
Devon Horse Show
Returns May 22-June 1
During the next week, both
the pony jumpers and high per-
formance hunters will take turns
in the spotlight while the driving
enthusiasts turn out for scurry
driving and horse pairs. Wednes-
day, May 28 is Ladies’ Day, where
ladies wearing stylish hats gain free
admission before 1pm. Later in the
day, the Ladies’ Hat Contest will
offer prizes for the best of Devon,
the most fascinating, the best “from
head to toe”, and the best in show
for ladies’ hats. Hackney ponies,
jumpers, and sidesaddle riders will
display their grace and athleticism
for the awaiting crowds throughout
the day.
The highly anticipated
$100,000 Grand Prix of Devon
will start at 8pm on Thursday,
May 29 after a full day of timed
obstacle coaching, country
pleasure driving, roadster ponies,
park horses, and five gaited ama-
teur competitions.
The weekend will cater to
the A/O hunters, country pleasure
championships, and culminate on
Sunday with the hunter breeding
classes.
With snowy white feathers
and beribboned manes, the world-
famous Budweiser Clydesdales
will be joining the festivities on
the evenings of May 28 through
May 31. These “gentle giants” will
be pulling the iconic red Stude-
baker beer wagon. At the reins, a
skilled driver will be clad in the
traditional red and green delivery
outfit worn in the late 1880s.
Aussie horseman Guy
McLean will be making his first
trip to Devon May 28 through
May 31, combining an unforget-
table sense of humor with his per-
sonal training techniques. Origi-
nally from Queensland, Australia,
Guy and his team of homebred
and world champion horses per-
form all over the United States,
Australia, and Canada with a
show focused on the traditions of
the Australian outback.
On Memorial Day, May 31,
don’t miss the Shetland pony races!
Acuteness overload, the younger
crowd will don their racing silks
for a stand-alone race to the finish
during the afternoon. Later that eve-
ning, watch the carefully accurate
and thrilling speed of carriage rac-
ing. Veteran single and pair drivers
will put their top horses through
a series of cones and marathon
obstacles, competing against the
clock and encouraging the audience
to shout as loud as they can.
Throughout the week, the
Country Fair provides a Midway
of rides and games for all ages,
as well as the legendary shopping
boutiques sprinkled through the
grounds. From Devon souvenirs
to riding equipment, art to jew-
elry, the shops will have a little
bit of something for everyone.
General admission tickets are
$10 for adults and $5 for children
under 12 and seniors over 65.
Tickets are available for purchase
by calling 610-688-2554, online
at
, or
by coming into the Advanced
Sale Ticket Office on the Devon
grounds Monday through Friday,
10am – 5pm, and Saturday 10am-
12pm.
McLain Ward, riding Rothchild, won his eighth Devon Grand Prix in 2013, and was the Leading Open
Jumper Rider for the third time in five years. He will try for a ninth win in the $100,000 class, which
will start at 8 pm on Thursday, May 29.
Photo credit: ©The Book LLC 2013
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