July 23, 2016 |
He backed off a previous assertion that he had never been drunk in his life, but Devon Horse Show chairman Wayne Grafton insisted he was not intoxicated on the May night that he was cited for public drunkenness at the show grounds. Under a plea agreement, Grafton, 67, of Unionville, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to a charge of disorderly conduct and acknowledged acting in a "noisy, loud, boisterous, and unseemly manner" after a Horse Show event. After the proceeding before District Judge Thomas Tartaglio in Tredyffrin Township, Grafton tempered an earlier comment that he had never been drunk in his life, clarifying that he was not inebriated "that evening.
June 27, 2016
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair celebrated its 120th year, drawing 125,000 attendees. The show, which ran from May 26 through June 5, is the country's oldest and largest outdoor multibreed competition, and brings in competitors from around the world. More than 2,000 area volunteers assisted with the event, which consisted of a First Night Art Show, Ladies Hat Day, horses, jumping, parading galore, shopping, food judging, carriage and amusement rides. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Bryn Mawr Hospital.
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.