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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.
SPORTS
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.
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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May 30, 1994 | By Nancy Lawson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Stage fright was not part of the plan for these top dogs. Hundreds of people stood around the Dixon Oval and sat in the grandstands waiting to see them yesterday, but nobody had to tell the exhibition team at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to calm down. Just minutes before his Devon debut, one competitor named Ian was ignoring the world around him and examining some unknown entity hidden under a tree. Another, named Poacher, sat in the shade as still as Buddha. A third was getting his belly sprayed with cool water to prepare him for the afternoon heat.
NEWS
August 12, 1988 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jean Liseter Austin du Pont, 91, a dedicated horsewoman who for many years was recognized as the leading U.S. breeder of Welsh ponies, died Tuesday at her home in Newtown Square. Mrs. du Pont - who was energetic and gracious, yet never afraid to speak her mind - raised and showed horses for most of her life, and until her late 70s she rode them, usually sidesaddle, with boots and britches covered by a skirt. She was a fixture at shows across the country, but her greatest glory came at the Devon Horse Show.
NEWS
June 3, 1993 | For The Inquirer / BOB WILLIAMS
High-stepping horses pulling pleasure drive carriages were in competition Sunday at the Devon Horse Show. Categories represented included two-wheel single harness, four-wheel single harness and double harness.
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March 20, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
DEVON Wade McDevitt has resigned from the Devon Horse Show board of directors, weeks after giving up his post as chairman amid controversy over his role in a potentially lucrative retail and hotel venture beside the fairgrounds. His wife, Wendy McDevitt - whose family ties to the proposed developer for that project, Urban Outfitters Inc., sparked allegations of double-dealing - also resigned Monday, according to the horse show's attorney. Both left the board of the prestigious Main Line institution to spend more time with their family, McDevitt said.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
EASTTOWN The chairman of the Devon Horse Show has resigned, four months after board members at the prestigious Main Line institution challenged what some said was his undisclosed role in a proposal to build a high-end retail center and hotel beside the fairgrounds. Wade McDevitt, whose grandfather was one of the show's founders and who in many ways grew up on its grounds, said he stepped down to spend more time with his family. The plan he had backed to build what could be Devon's first taste of a town center - a project in which his family stood to profit - has stalled.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Midge Leitch, 67, of Cochranville, a groundbreaking equine specialist who was veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team, died Saturday, Feb. 15, of breast cancer at home. Dr. Leitch was in the vanguard of women entering veterinary medicine. She was one of the first women to serve a surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center after graduating from the school in 1973. In 1982, she became one of the first female equine practitioners to become board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
DEVON For decades, the Devon Horse Show has stood as a symbol of the old Main Line, overseen by well-heeled volunteers and drawing a champagne-and-caviar crowd for its internationally renowned equestrian events. Now the horse show finds itself entangled in a different kind of spectacle. Last week, the organization's board of directors convened an emergency meeting to address concerns that its president, Wade McDevitt, left them in the dark while he spearheaded a plan to build a hotel, shops, and parking lot next to the Lancaster Avenue fairgrounds, including on parcels it owns.
NEWS
October 5, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
DEVON The president of the Devon Horse Show and his business partner want to build a hotel and retail center beside the fairgrounds property, a project that could offer Devon its first taste of a town center. Wade McDevitt and partner Eli Kahn presented preliminary plans Tuesday to Easttown Township officials. They said Urban Outfitters has expressed interest in developing a 93-room boutique hotel and 100,000-square-foot retail center there, including an Anthropologie store and two restaurants.
SPORTS
June 3, 2013 | By Sara Cavanagh, For The Inquirer
Victoria Colvin, who had dominated junior weekend, and Kelley Farmer, who had dominated the hunter divisions, reigned in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Colvin, 15, of Loxahatchee, Fla., won the two-round Derby on Betsee Parker's Inclusive. She won the first round with 187 points and the second round with 189.5 for a total of 376.5. Farmer was second on Commentary with a score of 373, third on Skorekeeper with a score of 364.5, and fifth on Mythical with 361. Hope Glynn on SVS Caremunde Z was fourth, also with a score of 361, but she won the tiebreaker for third.
SPORTS
June 2, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Show jumping is a sport dominated by competitors in their 30s, 40s, and beyond. One rider competed in last year's Olympics at age 65. But on Saturday, a 21-year-old won the $50,000 Idle Dice Open Jumper Stakes at the Devon Horse Show. Kaitlin Campbell, who beat some of the country's best riders with a faultless jump-off time of 41.274 seconds, is a professional rookie. She graduated from American University two weeks ago. After the race, Campbell referred to her horse, Rocky W, as her child, though she is closer in age to the 15-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding than to most of the 17 other riders in the field.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Andrew Welles exited the oval after his jump-off round in the $100,000 Devon Grand Prix Thursday night, his friends had some words for him. The eventual second-place finisher had just run a faultless time of 35.815 seconds. Only two riders remained. "They said I'm about to get smoked," recalled Welles, who lives in Wellington, Fla. "And McLain was walking in. " Welles' prophetic friends were referring to McLain Ward, a legend at the Devon Horse Show with seven Grand Prix victories entering this year's event.
SPORTS
June 1, 2013 | By Sara Cavanagh, For The Inquirer
Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Fla., rode Tuxedo to win the Open Jumper Gambler's Choice during the evening session at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday. In the Gambler's Choice, which is basically a speed class, each fence carries a different point value, and riders make up their own course, with the rider who gains the most points in 50 seconds declared the winner. In making up their course, riders try to map out the route that will allow them to jump the fences with the highest points in the shortest time.
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May 30, 2013 | By Sara Cavanagh, For The Inquirer
Kelley Farmer amassed 1301/2 points Wednesday to win the Leading Hunter Rider title at the Devon Horse Show, dethroning Scott Stewart, who had won that distinction 11 times, including the last 10 years in a row. "To dethrone Scott, it's amazing," said Farmer, of Keswick, Va. "I'm sure there will be payback. But what an honor. " Farmer rode Back Story to the Green Conformation Hunter championship and to the Reserve Championship in Regular Conformation Hunters, behind Stewart on the champion, Showman.
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