March 20, 2014 |
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.
March 3, 2014 |
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.
February 25, 2014 |
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.
November 18, 2013 |
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.
October 5, 2013 |
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.
June 3, 2013 |
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.
June 2, 2013 |
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.
June 1, 2013 |
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.
June 1, 2013 |
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.
May 30, 2013 |
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.