Devon, PA – Feb. 8, 2016 – Promises made, promises kept. The 120th annual Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, to be held May 26 – June 5 at the historic show grounds, has taken a major step forward with FEI recognition and the sanctioning of the International/Open Jumpers at this year’s show.
Celebrating the 120th anniversary year with the theme “Silver to Gold,” the improvements and upgrades to the grounds that were promised last year have come to fruition.
The Devon Horse Show, “Where Champions Meet,” will be offering added prize money and three exciting FEI CSI4* rated classes, beginning with the $50,000 Devon Welcome Stake on Tuesday night, May 31. The $40,000 Devon International Speed Stake takes center stage on Wednesday night, June 1. The show’s biggest jolt is with the huge boost in the prize money in Devon’s most popular class, the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix on Thursday night, June 2. That’s a $125,000 jump in prize money in that class alone.
In addition, Devon will be offering National Open Jumper competition during the senior week of the show. The challenging courses this year will be designed by international British course designer, Kelvin Bywater.
The increased prize money and FEI recognition are only the beginning of the changes exhibitors and spectators will notice when they return to one of America’s most popular equestrian showcases as more than $1 million has been spent in improvements since the end of last year’s show.
“We are very excited for all that’s happened since we wrapped up last year’s Devon Horse Show,” said Devon Horse Show Chairman Wayne Grafton. “We made a promise to improve the property, and we’ve come through with a number of vital improvements. All of this is comes in addition to the FEI designation which we are very energized about.”
Some of those improvements include a complete refreshing of the show rings to improve the already outstanding footing.
A brand-new all-purpose building will house emergency medical services with the horse show, ticketing and sales offices and handicapped bathrooms on the first floor, as well as a second deck featuring suites, catering, a full service bar and a view of both the Dixon Oval and the Gold Ring.
Not only has the ‘front of the house’ been upgraded, competitors will appreciate the improvements behind the scenes as well. In the Devon Horse Show barns, more than 220 of the permanent stalls have been completely reconstructed.
“We have expanded and improved Cyldesdale Corner,” noted Devon Horse Show President Richard O’Donnell. “We’re thrilled with the all new Anniversary Square. But, we’re most excited about the increased prize money and the FEI recognition. We are hoping that this will give our top competitors added incentive to make their way to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair this year.”
“In the end though, it’s what we can do for our beneficiary, the Bryn Mawr Hospital that is most rewarding. This past year our donation to that fine facility was over a half a million dollars!”
We look forward to seeing you, “Where Champions Meet” this year.
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2016 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Fast Facts
The 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 that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.
May 26th through June 5th, 2016
Devon Horse Show Grounds
23 Dorset Road
Prize List and Exhibitor Information: Devonhorseshow.net/exhibitors/exhibitors-info/
New This Year – FEI CSI4* Designation
*$50,000 Devon Welcome Stake (Time first jump-off) on Tuesday night, May 31.
*$40,000 Devon International Speed Stake (Time first round) on Wednesday night, June 1.
*$225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix on Thursday night, June 2nd
*Plus National Jumper classes
Approximately 900 permanent stalls Many barns renovated within the last 5 years
Restroom facilities with showers
Limited parking is available for spectators at the Main Lot on Dorset Road across from the Main Entrance.
From Philadelphia International Airport
Follow signs to I-95 South and follow I-95 South approximately 5 miles. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.
From the Northeast
Follow I-95 South. Look for I-476 approximately 5 miles South of the Philadelphia
International Airport. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting.
Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.
From the South
Follow I-95 North toward Philadelphia. Once you’ve crossed into Delaware, keep right and take I-495 North via exit 5D toward Port of Wilmington / Philadelphia. Follow for I-495 North and merge onto I-95 North (Crossing into Pennsylvania). Follow I-95 North to I-476 North. Take I-476 N via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.
From the East
Follow the Schuylkill Expressway / I-76 West to I-476 South. Merge onto I-476 South via exit 331A on the left toward Chester. Follow I-476 South for approximately 2 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.
From the West
Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-76 E toward Philadelphia. Take exit 326 toward Valley Forge. Stay in right lane after the tolls. Merge onto US-202 South via exit 328A toward West Chester. Follow US-202 South for approximately 2 miles. Take the PA-252 North exit toward Devon. Make a left onto Valley Forge Road / PA-252. Continue to follow Valley Forge Road for approximately .5 miles and make a slight right turn onto Devon State Road. Follow Devon State road for approximately 1 mile until you reach a dead end. Make a left onto Old Lancaster Road and then an immediate right onto Waterloo Road. Turn left on to Lancaster Avenue / US-30 East and the Devon Horse Show will be on your right within .2 miles.