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May 27, 2010
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair opens its 11-day run Thursday. The annual event features one of the greatest variety of breeds and disciplines of any horse show in the country. The $100,000 Grand Prix will be held next Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the $20,000 Gambler's Choice May 4 and the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stakes on May 5. A number of previous champions will return, including Laura Chapot, who has ridden the Open Jumper Champions and has been Leading Open Jumper Rider for three of the last five years; Scott Stewart, who has had a strangle hold on Leading Hunter Rider for the last six years; Philip Richter, last year's Amateur Owner Jumper Champion; Reed Kessler, Leading Junior Jumper Rider; and Jessica Springsteen, last year's Junior Hunter Champion, who will show in Junior Jumpers this year.
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May 22, 1987 | By Don Clippinger, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pan-American Games are only three months off, and the Olympics will be staged in Seoul, South Korea, in the fall of 1988. American horses and members of the U.S. Equestrian Team will be trying to defend their titles in both competitions. And one of the roads along the way to the Pan-Am Games in Indianapolis runs through Philadelphia's Main Line. The 91st annual Devon Horse Show opens its nine-day run today. As usual, Devon will feature some of the nation's finest show jumpers in its open-jumper competitions.
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May 17, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week before the annual Devon Horse Show, a new organization has launched a campaign to preserve the show grounds. An organizer behind the Devon Preservation Alliance said his hope was to build support and give voice to fans concerned about the fate of the century-old institution, thousands of whom are likely to arrive when the fairground gates open next week. "We wanted to provide . . . an educational spot where people who are concerned about preservation could come together," said the group's managing director, Chester County lawyer Joshua Macel.
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December 24, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The president and chairman of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair were ousted in a private meeting Monday night hastily called by a group of board members just weeks before a scheduled election. Amid allegations of secret land deals and undisclosed conflicts on both sides, the board of directors voted to replace president Sarah Coxe Lange with Richard M. O'Donnell, the current treasurer. Also, chairman Henry Lafayette Collins III, who has served on the board for nearly 50 years, was replaced by Wayne W. Grafton.
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May 23, 2014 | By Jenny Kerrigan, Inquirer Staff Writer
McLain Ward and his horse Rothchild won the featured grand prix and collected the $30,000 prize at last year's Devon Horse Show. It was Ward's eighth grand prix victory, and he and Rothchild are back this year to try for No. 9 next Thursday. The 118th annual Devon Horse Show and Country Fair starts Thursday at the grounds on Route 30, and, as usual, plenty of hunters, jumpers, saddlebreds, and antique carriages will grace the Dixon Oval and Gold Ring at the event that ends June 1. In addition to the horses and carriages and glamorous clothes - don't miss the women's hats - the show again features the country fair, a roundup of activities that range from art shows to carnival rides with vendors of all sorts on hand.
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May 24, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the first day of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Thursday, a brisk competition was underway outside the fair grounds - for parking customers. Members of St. John's Presbyterian Church strategically placed bright yellow signs on Route 30 and Sugartown Road, about three blocks from the horse-show main entrance, to lure drivers with promises of $7 parking. That would be a $3 savings from the fair's parking-lot prices. Beyond the spectacle and the equestrian competition, the show means business for artisans and sellers of horse-related goods inside the grounds, and enterprising businesses outside of them.
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May 25, 2012 | By Tyler Jett, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Doubleday took the call last September. We want your horse show for the Olympic observation events, a United States Equestrian Federation committee member said. Get ready. Doubleday, manager of the Devon Horse Show, and the rest of the show's employees have been doing that for the last two years, he said, even if they didn't quite realize it. In 2010, they replaced the footing in the Dixon Oval. Last year, they improved the footing at the Gold Ring. Earlier this spring, they renovated the horses' exercise area.
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May 17, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week before the annual Devon Horse Show, a new organization has launched a campaign to preserve the show grounds. An organizer behind the Devon Preservation Alliance said his hope was to build support and give voice to fans concerned about the fate of the century-old institution, thousands of whom are likely to arrive when the fairground gates open next week. "We wanted to provide . . . an educational spot where people who are concerned about preservation could come together," said the group's managing director, Chester County lawyer Joshua Macel.
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April 29, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
At a packed meeting Monday night, Devon residents showed a mix of excitement and concern about plans for Devon Yard, the long-stalled proposed Urban Outfitters development in Chester County. At the Easttown Township Planning Commission meeting, David Ziel, Urban Outfitters' chief development officer, announced a partnership between Urban and the Philadelphia restaurateur Marc Vetri. Devon Yard would host two Vetri restaurants, along with a cafe affiliated with Urban's Terrain brand.
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March 30, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two months before thousands should stream into its grandstands, the Devon Horse Show has been on the receiving end of an unlikely question for an event in its 119th year: Will the show go on? Such inquiries stem from more than a year of turmoil at the storied Main Line institution, including the departures of staffers and board members, whiffs of scandal, and a regime change. The nonprofit's new leaders - who came to power just before Christmas - say the upheaval is behind them.
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February 16, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonard A. King Jr., 83, of Malvern, a horse lover who produced equestrian events and became known as the face of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, died Monday, Feb. 2, of complications from diabetes at White Horse Village. A lover of horses from the time he acquired his first pony at age 12, Mr. King was an accomplished rider. He fox-hunted at Rose Tree Hunt Club and Radnor Hunt Club. Initially Mr. King served as a participant in the Devon Horse Show of the 1960s. Over 50 years, he served on various committees and worked his way up to president, chairman, and, later, chairman emeritus.
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December 29, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The abrupt ouster last week of the new president and chairman of the Devon Horse Show had volunteers and supporters spinning. Was it a hostile takeover, or was it democracy in action? "I really would like to get some sort of better explanation," said Mary Talbutt, a show volunteer and lifelong horse rider. The emergency vote in a hastily called and confidential meeting Monday marked another twist in a year of unusual upheaval for the century-old Main Line institution.
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December 25, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The ousted president of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair board said Tuesday that the sudden election held to replace her Monday night was "a hostile takeover. " Sarah Coxe Lange, voted off the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair Inc. board of directors in a private meeting, said she would continue to work to preserve the event. Her family was among those who founded the show in 1896. "I don't give up on anything," she said. Coxe Lange was replaced by Richard O'Donnell, the treasurer, who ran for president and lost to her in last year's election.
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December 24, 2014 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The president and chairman of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair were ousted in a private meeting Monday night hastily called by a group of board members just weeks before a scheduled election. Amid allegations of secret land deals and undisclosed conflicts on both sides, the board of directors voted to replace president Sarah Coxe Lange with Richard M. O'Donnell, the current treasurer. Also, chairman Henry Lafayette Collins III, who has served on the board for nearly 50 years, was replaced by Wayne W. Grafton.
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September 14, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mario Gamboa trotted his horse out of the arena after a jumping competition at the Devon Fall Classic on Friday morning, the 20-year-old had not only won the blue ribbon but also a $450 prize. "I'm proud that I won," said Gamboa, of Wellington, Fla. "With this win, I'm sure I'm getting things for kids in need. " Gamboa, originally from Colombia, and about 50 other riders throughout the world ride in support of the nonprofit Step by Step Foundation. Step by Step has a school in Haiti and supports nearly two dozen other charitable groups throughout the world.
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July 25, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Until he stole the sneaker, Bold Hawk was as well-mannered as a horse could be, standing for half an hour this week in the tack room at Covert Farm in Nottingham, Chester County. Maybe biting into a sneaker, there for the taking on a table in the tack room, was a reminder that he'd had a past life. Bold Hawk earned $364,826 in 14 career starts and was considered one of the top turf horses in the country. The gelding had won a couple of times at Belmont Park, won the Grade III Hawthorne Derby outside Chicago, and finished third in the Grade I Hollywood Derby.
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June 13, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
WALTER SASSE, the retired Philadelphia cop awaiting trial for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl, was warned yesterday to avoid contact with all underage females - or else. "Common sense tells you in instances like this, if there is a female under 18 you need to run the other way," Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright said. "You are awaiting trial. You can wait in jail or out of jail. " The stern words came at the end of a bail-modification hearing requested by Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp.
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