March 30, 2015 |
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.
February 16, 2015 |
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.
December 29, 2014 |
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.
December 25, 2014 |
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.
December 24, 2014 |
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.
September 14, 2014 |
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.
July 25, 2014 |
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.
June 13, 2014 |
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.
May 31, 2014 |
Two-time Olympian McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., entered the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon looking for his ninth career victory in the event. And for a brief moment Thursday night, it looked as if Ward would pull it off in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Riding Rothchild, Ward recorded a clean round and a time of 40.798 seconds in the jump-off. But he had to settle for third place. Paul O'Shea of Wellington, Fla., also recorded a clean round on his horse, Primo de Revel, and finished in 38.951 seconds for the victory.
May 30, 2014 |
As has been the case for many years, all eyes will be on McLain Ward and his horse Rothchild on Thursday night in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon. "It always takes a very good day to beat McLain Ward," Grand Prix rider Callan Solem of Chester Springs said Wednesday. "And maybe a mistake on his part, too, which doesn't happen very often. He is arguably one of the best in the world, or the best in the world. " Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., hopes to add his ninth Grand Prix victory at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair to his list of accomplishments, which include two Olympic gold medals.