Entries are now open for the 2020 Brandywine Horse Shows, which will offer two weeks of premier hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at the iconic Devon Show Grounds. The event will feature two premiere rated shows, which will run June 24 – 28 and June 30 – July 5, as well as the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships – East Coast, on July 6 and 7, 2020. Entries must be submitted by May 22. The 2020 title sponsor will be the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, and the show will once again be presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS).
The 2020 Brandywine Horse Shows are closely monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The safety and welfare of our exhibitors, staff and attendees is its top priority, and the Executive Committee continues to review the communications on this illness issued from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USEF, FEI and other regulatory organizations.
At this point in time Brandywine Horse Shows is hoping to proceed as scheduled with the competition. Entries and stall reservations will remain open for both shows and may be secured online by credit card and by mail with a check. However, no credit cards will be charged and no checks deposited until management is certain that the shows can be held safely.
The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Foundation is pleased to be the title sponsor of this year’s show. “We are thrilled to return as the Title Sponsor for the Brandywine Horse Show,” commented Lindsay Maxwell, founder of the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. “The genesis of our three-year-partnership is rooted in our mutual goals: ensuring access and opportunity to high-quality regional shows for exhibitors, and prioritizing local beneficiaries. Brandywine accomplishes both of those goals and truly impacts the local community as a whole. It is a natural alignment for the Fund.”
“Year after year, Brandywine exemplifies what it means to execute an exceptional equestrian showcase while maintaining a devotion towards supporting the local beneficiaries,” Maxwell continued. “We hope that others in our community are encouraged to find ways to support this show, and others like it, so exhibitors have access and opportunity to these important equestrian events for generations to come.”
Each week of the highly anticipated show has an array of options to fit a variety of riders’ abilities, from lead line to national derby events. Throughout the duration of the event, over $100,000 in prize money will be awarded to riders of all ages from professionals to young riders.
Due to their immense success in the past several years, Brandywine will host the fourth annual Brandywine Cup Equitation Classics. They will be held on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, July 4. The overall winner of the Brandywine Cup will receive a brand new CWD saddle. The $2,500 Mike Rheinheimer Equitation Trainers Award will again be presented to the trainer of the overall Brandywine Cup winner during the second week.
Michael Taylor, of Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) is honored to be the presenting sponsor for the ninth year in a row. Taylor said, “We love the Brandywine Horse Shows because it’s a very happy, family-friendly event. The organization is top-class and Taylor Harris is very happy to be involved. When it started, it was a dream of the organizers and now it’s developed into a major horse show that hosts multiple championships.”
The first week of competition, held at the highly esteemed Devon Show Grounds, is recognized by the World Champion Hunter Rider (WCHR) program. Both the Open and Junior/Amateur Owner $5,000 3′ USHJA National Hunter Derbies will commence under the lights on Saturday night for each week of competition.
Other exciting opportunities include the THIS National Children’s and Adult Medals, NAL and M&S High Children’s Adult Jumper Classics, the Hamel NHS 3’3″ Medal, a $6,500 Green Hunter Section, including classes at the 3′ and 3’3″ height. The Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search 2* will also be offered both weeks.
The $5,000 Lannie Lipson Rider Bonus will be presented to the top three professional riders who accumulate the highest number of points during the two Brandywine horse shows. Brandywine is also pleased to offer the $500 Daily High Score awards for both the Hunter and Equitation Rings.
For jumper riders, there will be the $14,500 Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Section, $9,000 1.40/1.45m Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Division, the $5,500 1.20/1.25m Junior/Amateur owner Jumper Division, and the $3,500 High Children’s/Adult Jumper Division, as well as the WIHS/NAL Child/Adult Jumpers. Jumper riders will also have the chance to compete for the Grand Jumper Champion which will be presented to the horse with the most points from the 1.40/1.45m Jr/A/O Jumper, 1.20/1.25m Jr/A/O Jumper, and Children’s/Adult Jumper Classes.
On July 6 and 7, the USEF Junior Hunter National Championships – East Coast will take place, with each respective division having a classic, handy, and under saddle class. Divisions are offered at the 3’3″ and 3’6″ height. USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic formerly known as the Hunterdon Cup will also be featured.
“We are very excited to welcome everyone back to Brandywine this summer,” said show manager Geoff Teall. “We are set to offer two weeks of exciting competition and hospitality to all our returning and new exhibitors, as well as put on thrilling horse sport for spectators.”