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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.
NEWS
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 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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1997 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
English saddles. Riding breeches. The clop of hooves. The applause from the grandstand. Now in its 101st year, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair returns to the upper Main Line for nine days beginning May 23. Besides the usual assortment of midway rides and cotton candy, the show will offer seven days of competition among riders, from small children to top adults. Entrants regularly travel from across the country to challenge for $300,000 in cash prizes. On Thursday evening, May 29, prior to the $50,000 Grand Prix, the most famous show-jumping horse in America will make an appearance at the old-fashioned wooden fairground along Lancaster Avenue (Route 30)
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January 31, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 28, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Virginia Sharp Lott, 94, of Gladwyne, daughter of the creator of the Whitman's Sampler and widow of national squash racquets champion H. Hunter Lott Jr., died Wednesday, Aug. 12, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Waverly Heights. Her son, H. Hunter Lott III, said Mrs. Lott had lived since 2007 at the continuing-care community, where her wit, spirit and energy were admired by staff and residents. The youngest of six children of Walter Patton Sharp Sr., and Edith Huggard Sharp, Mrs. Lott was born and reared in Bryn Mawr.
SPORTS
June 1, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Kaitlin Campbell rode Rocky W into the arena, the time she'd chase came over the loudspeaker. Moments before, McLain Ward, riding Rothchild, ripped through the course in 40.236 seconds. The public-address announcer bellowed, "That's the time you want to shoot for," right as Ward finished. And Campbell proceeded to do one better. "Going after Rothchild, you pretty much just have to go for broke and hope you get lucky," said Campbell, a 24-year-old from Brookeville, Md. "That's really all you can do. " Campbell's 39.007-second final run earned her the win and $15,000 prize in the Idle Dice Open Jumper Stake at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Saturday night.
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May 31, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Kirk Webby won the $25,000 Devon Speed Challenge at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday night. Webby, who lives in New Jersey but represented his home country of New Zealand in the 2008 Summer Olympics, rode Brando de Rouet to victory. "The horse is pretty naturally fast so I didn't really have to go crazy," Webby said. "He always lands going. He was really snug everywhere. I was lucky enough to be fast enough. " Misdee Wrigley Miller captured the coaching competition, in which four horses of different breeds pulled restored antique transportation coaches through an obstacle course.
NEWS
May 30, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel and Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writers
Rosanne Sulock wandered into the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair when she was a teenager. It was 1966, and her passion for everything equestrian took her to the grounds all by herself. This week, she was at the 119th show with her two daughters and 1-year-old grandson. "I come every year," said Sulock, 67, of North Wales. More than a century ago, Terry Losse's great-grandmother was a judge at the show. His family has attended it ever since, and this week Losse, 79, came from Delaware to see it for the sixth decade running.
SPORTS
May 30, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
A week ago, Kelli Cruciotti missed her Skype graduation from online high school because she was riding in a competition. That paid off Thursday night, when the 17-year-old became the youngest winner of the Sapphire Grand Prix at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. The Grand Prix dates to 1978. "I've always dreamed about doing a class like this in front of as many people," Cruciotti said. "To have such a great result is a dream come true. " Cruciotti, of Elizabeth, Colo., riding her own Chamonix H, took home the $30,000 prize with a time of 38.678 seconds.
SPORTS
May 29, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward won his third class Wednesday at the Devon Horse Show, riding Adele to victory in the Open Show Jumpers Hit and Hurry. "I think she has a bright future," Ward said of Adele. "She's 8 and needs experience, but she's very, very careful. We own her together with the Tisbo family [Tequestrian Farms of Wellington, Fla.]. She has an exciting future and a lot of talent. " In honor of Ladies Day at Devon, the Ladies Sidesaddle Division was held in the Dixon Oval in a series of competitive classes.
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May 28, 2015 | By the Inquirer Staff
Two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., won two Open Jumper classes Tuesday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Ward rode to victory on HH Ashley and HH Best Buy, both owned by the Double H Farm of Ridgefield, Conn. Rachel Shoemaker of Malvern, a fifth-generation competitor at Devon, won her first championship at the horse show Tuesday night with a mare she bred and trained herself. She drove Willisbrook Farm's Rally Cart, pulled by the American Saddlebred mare Our New Dawn, to the Single Horse Driving Championship.
NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leaders of the Devon Horse Show pledged Tuesday to raise $8 million and implement a five-year plan to improve the institution's grounds. The plans emerged after a private meeting in which board members of the nonprofit discussed how to make the show more competitive in the equestrian world, chairman Wayne Grafton said. Among the proposed changes are expanded parking, grandstand improvements, and a new corporate and VIP sponsor section, he said. The show will also refinance its mortgage and use the equity to pay for improvements.
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