August 21, 2016
By Margaret Guroff University of Texas Press. 166 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Steve Brandt Who knew that besides representing a marvel of mechanical efficiency, the bicycle also has a fascinating social history? It turns out its story is a very readable tale of social change in America from the 19th century, when the new contraption wrought changes in social mores for women, who adapted clothing and sought to cycle in unchaperoned company, to the 1970s, when it blossomed with the environmental movement.
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.
July 6, 2016 |
When Kathleen DeMasi saddled her first horse in 1984 and entered it into a race, her life as a trainer was just beginning. The Maryland native had just gotten her training license. Once the gates opened at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., the horse, Maryland National, flew by the others and took first place. "I did not think that horse was going to win," said DeMasi, now 53, laughing. "It was pretty exciting. She was a real challenge to get to the races, too. I had to work really hard and think outside of the box. " Now, 8,973 starts and 1,188 wins later, the Mullica Hill resident will be inducted into the Bensalem-based Parx Racing Hall of Fame as an accomplished trainer in September along with four horse-racing colleagues and one horse.
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.
June 3, 2016 |
Athletes in the Devon Horse Show's Sapphire Grand Prix, now a Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) four-star-ranked event, will be up against top talent in this year's competition. New for the 120th Devon Horse Show is a $225,000 prize, an increase of $125,000 from last year. The Grand Prix is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. While the race won't directly help anyone qualify for the Olympics, it is to feature McLain Ward, an Olympian who is on the short list to compete in the 2016 games in Brazil.
May 31, 2016 |
A 19-year-old man died after being trampled during a performance at a South Jersey rodeo during the venue's opening night for the season, state police said. Coy Lutz of Howard, Pa., was riding bareback Saturday at 8:24 p.m. at the Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove, Salem County, when he was thrown from the horse he was riding, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Jeff Flynn said. Lutz was taken to Memorial Hospital of Salem County, where he was pronounced dead. Saturday's events at Cowtown marked the opening night of the rodeo's 62nd consecutive season, according to the venue's website.
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.