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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.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | By Jenny Kerrigan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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)
NEWS
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.
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September 14, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 25, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
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.
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May 31, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 30, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
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May 29, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
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.
NEWS
May 28, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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