Devon, Pa. - May 21, 2018 -
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
is the largest outdoor horse show in the country, a reputation it still holds today, and the event brings together some of the best athletes within the hunter, jumper and equitation disciplines in addition to Saddlebreds, Roadsters, Hackney Horses and Ponies and much more. This year's event will run from Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, June 3.
Devon's famed Dixon Oval is notorious for being the place "Where Champions Meet," and Junior Weekend is always an action-packed few days consisting of top young riders and their horses and ponies battling it out for prestigious awards and a spot in the winner's circle.
This year's Junior Weekend will kick off on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. with the WIHS Equitation Classic, followed by the U.S. Equestrian Talent Search 3* and Junior Jumpers. Friday will see riders compete for a ribbon in the ASPCA Maclay and try to earn enough points to capture the R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Equitation Championship award. On Friday evening, junior riders will ride under the lights in the Junior Jumpers starting at 7 p.m., in addition to an exciting Mounted Police Competition.
|Taylor St. Jacques and Charisma during Devon Junior Weekend 2017.
Last year's winner of the R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Equitation Championship was Taylor St. Jacques, who also had incredible success in the equitation for the duration of Junior Weekend.
St. Jacques said, "I really wanted to make it a special Devon this year. My horse is a winner and my goal was just to win as much as I could here. It feels incredible. He was so good, I couldn't have asked him to be any better."
"It's an incredible feeling. It's such a good horse show and very historic. Everyone comes here and there are a lot of spectators. It's really nice to see everyone come out and root for you - I love this show. My very first time here was in 2011 with my small pony but this is only my fifth time here," she continued.
Sections of the Small and Large Junior Hunter divisions will also be held on Friday and continue into Saturday with the handy and stake rounds. On Saturday night, there will be the Junior Jumper SJHOF Classic and titles for Leading Jr. Jumper Rider Award and Jr. Jumper Style of Riding Award will be presented. The exciting exhibition of Horse Hunt Teams, Parent and Child Class, and the Family Class will also take place that evening in the Dixon Oval.
Sunday will mark the final day of Junior Weekend, and will consist of the Pony/Children's Jumpers starting at 10:45 a.m. and Carriage Pleasure Driving horse and pony divisions thereafter. At 7 p.m., three-day event riders will take center stage for the second year at Devon as they compete in the unique and thrilling $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing class.
Not to be outdone by their larger equine counterparts, ponies will have their chance in the spotlight throughout Junior Weekend, as well. Pony hunter breeding classes will take place in the Wheeler Ring beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday. Some of the most distinguished breeders in the country will have the opportunity to display their promising foals, yearlings, and young ponies.
Friday will showcase the Small, Medium and Large Pony Hunter sections, which will continue on Saturday with the handy and stake rounds. The Pony Hunt Teams never fails to gather a large crowd as spectators watch teams of three ponies and riders jump a course together while dressed in costume, and this year it will take place on Saturday afternoon.
While Sunday marks the conclusion of Junior Weekend, on Monday, which is also Memorial Day, Devon will continue its tradition of honoring our community's heroes. Active and retired military, as well as police, fire, and EMT personnel will be given free admission for their families. Starting at 6:50 p.m., Devon will be hosting the third annual Tribute to Heroes recognition ceremony in the Dixon Oval, featuring a performance by the Church Farm School Choir. Tribute to Heroes is generously sponsored by Patriot dealerships and admission is free on their behalf. The first competition of the night will start at 7 p.m. and awards will be distributed for Coaching, Best Tailgate Award, and awards for Carriage Pleasure Driving. The action does not stop there, however. Competition will continue at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair until June 3.
The 2018 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair should not be missed, and Junior Weekend is sure to be action-packed and thrilling for spectators of all ages. Grab your tickets now in order to ensure that you can experience the thrilling competition, shopping, famous lemon sticks, tea sandwiches, homemade fudge, and much more!
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia's prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair, which benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital and has donated over $14 million to date. The Country Fair offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.