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.
May 30, 2014 |
The fierce fascinators, bold bonnets, and 10-gallon chapeaux at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair's annual Ladies Day Hat Contest on Wednesday morning were sweeter than the cotton candy sold on the midway. We are talking total sartorial saccharin. About 250 women in kitten heels and preppy fit-and-flare frocks dressed up their domes in faux gardens and glittering lights. Under gray skies and swollen clouds, the competitors - DIY artists, all - twirled and curtsied for seven judges, including celebrity fashion expert Carson Kressley.
May 29, 2014 |
Scott Stewart rode Golden Rule to victory in the High-Performance Working Hunter Class Tuesday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Stewart also rode the second-place finisher, Everly. Taking third was Mindful, with Kelley Farmer aboard.
May 28, 2014 |
One dark afternoon in late January, Jane Withstandley threw her arms around her horse, Calvin, buried her face in his sleek, muscular neck and apologized for the random pain of the universe. "I'm sorry," she said. "You don't deserve this. " She fed him some of his favorite treats, wintergreen Life Savers and "stud muffins" - an equine delicacy made of grains and molasses, then she slumped into a pile of straw in the corner of his stall and cried. An hour before, she had learned that Calvin, her stunning 10-year-old thoroughbred, had cancer.
May 25, 2014 |
Devon may be all about the horses, but on Saturday night some smaller four-legged creatures scampered into the spotlight. The crowd laughed and clapped loudly as 18 foxhounds bounded into the ring. Ears flapping, tails aloft, they formed a pack around three horses with three red-coated riders. One hound promptly lifted a leg on the shrubbery. Another ran sideways over a packmate. But all stayed safely clear of the hooves. They are, after all, professional hunters, trained to track foxes and lead riders to their prey.
May 24, 2014 |
On the first day of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Thursday, a brisk competition was underway outside the fair grounds - for parking customers. Members of St. John's Presbyterian Church strategically placed bright yellow signs on Route 30 and Sugartown Road, about three blocks from the horse-show main entrance, to lure drivers with promises of $7 parking. That would be a $3 savings from the fair's parking-lot prices. Beyond the spectacle and the equestrian competition, the show means business for artisans and sellers of horse-related goods inside the grounds, and enterprising businesses outside of them.
May 23, 2014 |
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.