July 23, 2016 |
He backed off a previous assertion that he had never been drunk in his life, but Devon Horse Show chairman Wayne Grafton insisted he was not intoxicated on the May night that he was cited for public drunkenness at the show grounds. Under a plea agreement, Grafton, 67, of Unionville, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to a charge of disorderly conduct and acknowledged acting in a "noisy, loud, boisterous, and unseemly manner" after a Horse Show event. After the proceeding before District Judge Thomas Tartaglio in Tredyffrin Township, Grafton tempered an earlier comment that he had never been drunk in his life, clarifying that he was not inebriated "that evening.
June 27, 2016
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair celebrated its 120th year, drawing 125,000 attendees. The show, which ran from May 26 through June 5, is the country's oldest and largest outdoor multibreed competition, and brings in competitors from around the world. More than 2,000 area volunteers assisted with the event, which consisted of a First Night Art Show, Ladies Hat Day, horses, jumping, parading galore, shopping, food judging, carriage and amusement rides. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Bryn Mawr Hospital.
June 7, 2016 |
McLain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., first rode in the Dixon Oval 35 years ago, when he took the Devon Horse Show's Lead Line class for aspiring riders 5 years old and younger. This weekend, the world's top show jumper finished another successful year at Devon. He took home the Leading Open Jumper Rider title and his horse Tina La Boheme was named the Open Jumper champion. This year, three events at the Devon Horse Show were recognized with a four-star rating by Federation Equestre Internationale, the governing body of equestrian sport.
June 6, 2016 |
The chairman of the Devon Horse Show was charged last week with public drunkenness. Wayne Grafton, 67, of Unionville, Chester County, was charged with the summary offense by the Tredyffrin Township Police Department. According to the West Chester Daily Local News, police issued the citation for an incident that happened about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday along South Valley Forge Road outside a gate of the Devon Horse Show grounds. The "defendant did have glassy, bloodshot eyes, odor of alcoholic beverages," and his speech was slurred, the citation said, according to the Daily Local.
May 28, 2016 |
The Devon Horse Show's Sapphire Grand Prix will see a jump in prize money this year, with the winnings increasing to $225,000. The boost of $125,000 coincides with Devon's four-star ranking by the Federation Equestre Internationale, the governing body for equestrian sports. While the new ranking, the second-highest possible, will elevate Devon and help it attract more international talent, organizers said it will not directly aid anyone in qualifying for the upcoming Olympics in Brazil.
February 24, 2016 |
The Devon Horse Show will erect a new, two-story building within its gates this spring, a first major step in what its leaders hope will be broader multimillion-dollar renovation at the iconic century-old fairgrounds. The building, located on the showgrounds at Dorset Road, will house medical services and staff offices, with space looking down on the show rings, according to a statement from horse show leaders. The organization also plans to improve the three show rings and expand a vendor area.
October 28, 2015 |
A state historical marker honoring the Devon Horse Show was unveiled Tuesday in front of - yet across the street from - the iconic blue spires of the show grounds. The horse show's leaders did not support the effort to secure the blue-and-gold marker, which commemorates the 120-year-old show as the nation's oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition. So they refused to allow the roughly 12-foot signpost on its grounds. Its placement instead on the site of former stables along the westbound side of Lancaster Avenue is another move in a tug-of-war that has included a leadership coup, speculation about the show's future, and calls for its grounds to be preserved.
May 30, 2015 |
Rosanne Sulock wandered into the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair when she was a teenager. It was 1966, and her passion for everything equestrian took her to the grounds all by herself. This week, she was at the 119th show with her two daughters and 1-year-old grandson. "I come every year," said Sulock, 67, of North Wales. More than a century ago, Terry Losse's great-grandmother was a judge at the show. His family has attended it ever since, and this week Losse, 79, came from Delaware to see it for the sixth decade running.
May 28, 2015 |
Leaders of the Devon Horse Show pledged Tuesday to raise $8 million and implement a five-year plan to improve the institution's grounds. The plans emerged after a private meeting in which board members of the nonprofit discussed how to make the show more competitive in the equestrian world, chairman Wayne Grafton said. Among the proposed changes are expanded parking, grandstand improvements, and a new corporate and VIP sponsor section, he said. The show will also refinance its mortgage and use the equity to pay for improvements.
May 22, 2015 |
The slogan for this year's Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is "Devon: The Tradition Continues. " That is certainly a fitting motto for an event that began in 1896. This year, however, a new tradition has been born. The Grand Prix of Devon, arguably the signature of the 11-day event, now bears a horse's name - Sapphire. "That's going to be an exciting event," said Carrie Wirth, a press officer for the show who works for the Phelps Media Group. The Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon is a two-round event in which riders and their mounts navigate a course with jumps up to five feet high and six feet wide.