June 7, 2016 |
McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., first rode in the Dixon Oval 35 years ago, when he took the Devon Horse Show's Lead Line class for aspiring riders 5 years old and younger. This weekend, the world's top show jumper finished another successful year at Devon. He took home the Leading Open Jumper Rider title and his horse Tina La Boheme was named the Open Jumper champion. This year, three events at the Devon Horse Show were recognized with a four-star rating by Federation Equestre Internationale, the governing body of equestrian sport.
June 6, 2016 |
The chairman of the Devon Horse Show was charged last week with public drunkenness. Wayne Grafton, 67, of Unionville, Chester County, was charged with the summary offense by the Tredyffrin Township Police Department. According to the West Chester Daily Local News, police issued the citation for an incident that happened about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday along South Valley Forge Road outside a gate of the Devon Horse Show grounds. The "defendant did have glassy, bloodshot eyes, odor of alcoholic beverages," and his speech was slurred, the citation said, according to the Daily Local.
June 5, 2016 |
At the 120th Devon Horse Show, rider Laura Chapot and her horse, BEC Hugo, will be looking to reclaim the show's open jumper rider title from McLain Ward, who is on the short list for the upcoming Brazil Olympics. The open jumper championship is scheduled for Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the Dixon Oval. This year, it will feature new, challenging courses designed by British course designer Kelvin Bywater. Since the 2011 Devon Horse Show, Chapot and Ward have swapped the honor of being named Leading Open Jumper Rider.
June 3, 2016 |
Athletes in the Devon Horse Show's Sapphire Grand Prix, now a Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) four-star-ranked event, will be up against top talent in this year's competition. New for the 120th Devon Horse Show is a $225,000 prize, an increase of $125,000 from last year. The Grand Prix is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. While the race won't directly help anyone qualify for the Olympics, it is to feature McLain Ward, an Olympian who is on the short list to compete in the 2016 games in Brazil.
May 28, 2016 |
The Devon Horse Show's Sapphire Grand Prix will see a jump in prize money this year, with the winnings increasing to $225,000. The boost of $125,000 coincides with Devon's four-star ranking by the Federation Equestre Internationale, the governing body for equestrian sports. While the new ranking, the second-highest possible, will elevate Devon and help it attract more international talent, organizers said it will not directly aid anyone in qualifying for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil.
April 17, 2016 |
Joseph Neff Ewing Jr., 90, of Newtown Square, an attorney in Philadelphia and a Willistown Township leader for 22 years, died Friday, April 8, at home after a three-year battle with leukemia. The son of Joseph Neff and Anne Ashton Ewing, he was born in Valley Forge. He was a graduate of Haverford School, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Ewing served in the Marine Corps at the end of World War II in Okinawa, Japan. In 1951, he married Margaret Converse Howe, and they had three daughters.
February 27, 2016 |
Henrietta Starr Malloy Jaeger, 90, of Devon, a longtime community volunteer and an amateur painter and playwright, died Sunday, Feb. 21, at her home. She had cancer. Known as "Penny," Mrs. Jaeger was born in Bala Cynwyd and grew up in Philadelphia. She graduated from Friends Select School and majored in architecture and interior design at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, she received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Penn. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, serving on the sorority's board of directors.
February 24, 2016 |
The Devon Horse Show will erect a new, two-story building within its gates this spring, a first major step in what its leaders hope will be broader multimillion-dollar renovation at the iconic century-old fairgrounds. The building, located on the showgrounds at Dorset Road, will house medical services and staff offices, with space looking down on the show rings, according to a statement from horse show leaders. The organization also plans to improve the three show rings and expand a vendor area.
January 31, 2016 |
An affiliate of Villanova-based Provco has purchased the 92 Lancaster Avenue office building across from the Devon Horse Show grounds for $4.1 million, according to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which helped broker the deal. Provco Devon II LLC bought the 25,000-square-foot building on 1.4 acres from Devon Land Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Long & Foster Real Estate, NGKF said in a release on Friday. At the time of the sale, the property was 62 percent leased to Raymond James & Associates and Long & Foster, NGKF said.
October 28, 2015 |
A state historical marker honoring the Devon Horse Show was unveiled Tuesday in front of - yet across the street from - the iconic blue spires of the show grounds. The horse show's leaders did not support the effort to secure the blue-and-gold marker, which commemorates the 120-year-old show as the nation's oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition. So they refused to allow the roughly 12-foot signpost on its grounds. Its placement instead on the site of former stables along the westbound side of Lancaster Avenue is another move in a tug-of-war that has included a leadership coup, speculation about the show's future, and calls for its grounds to be preserved.