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McLain Ward To Defend Jumper Title at Devon Horse Show & Country Fair

April 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

DEVON, Pa.—Two time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward will defend his Leading Open Jumper Rider title at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs May 23 to June 2.

 

Ward of Brewster, N.Y., has entered last year’s Devon Open Jumper Champion Antares F, the horse he rode in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 

Ward also won last year’s $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Antares F, a class he has won six times in the last 10 years.

 

Devon benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, with proceeds to the Hospital approaching $15 million, over $50 million when adjusted for inflation.

 

Again at Devon, however, Ward will have plenty of competition, including his Olympic team gold medalist partner Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, N.Y., and Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., who has been Leading Rider at Devon five of the last eight years.

 

Besides swapping turns as Devon’s Leading Open Jumper Rider, Ward and Chapot have another thing in common.

 

Both made incredibly quick recoveries from devastating injuries, Ward last year and Chapot this year.

 

Last year, Ward fractured his knee in 20 pieces just four months before Devon, but, determined to show in Devon’s Olympic trials, Ward pushed himself through agonizing therapy sessions and not only was able to compete but also won himself a place on the London Olympic team with his performance at Devon.

 

Chapot, who suffered a serious fall on Feb. 2 at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., which resulted in her breaking her pelvis in four places and her clavicle, also made an incredibly rapid recovery, returning to competition in just six weeks.

 

She, too, underwent intense therapy and spent hours in the gym to speed her return.

 

She celebrated her return to competition by winning two classes her first weekend back and went on to win two circuit championships, despite having missed almost half of the 12 week series.

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Ward, who is an annual competitor at Devon, has praised Devon for the new footing throughout both the Dixon Oval, the Gold Ring and all the schooling areas and says he loves the enthusiastic crowds.

 

Other Olympic veterans who will show at Devon include Margie Engle of Wellington, Fla., Lisa Jacquin of Unionville, Pa., and Kevin Babington of Gwynedd Valley, Pa., who competed internationally for Ireland.

 

Other top competitors included Pan American Games team bronze medalist Todd Minikus of Wellington, Fla., Sarah Segal of Pittstown, N.J., Ken Berkley of Flemington, N.J., and Callan Solem of Chester Springs, Pa.

 

Junior weekend opens with three days of equitation, ponies, hunters and jumpers, followed on Sunday with the Carriage Pleasure Drive, which arrives at the Dixon Oval at 2 p.m.

Open jumpers compete Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday, June 1, with the featured $100,000 Wells Fargo Devon Grand Prix Thursday evening at 8 p.m., and the $50,000 Idle Dice Stake the last class Saturday afternoon.

 

Pony jumpers show Sunday, May 26, with adult jumpers on Sunday and Monday.

 

Five and six year old jumpers are Tuesday and Wednesday, with amateur/owner jumpers on the closing Friday and Saturday.

 

Hunters show Monday through Wednesday, with the $25,000 International Hunter Derby at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, and hunter breeding classes on Thursday.

 

Four-in-hand coaching is competed Sunday through Friday, while Saddlebreds, hackneys, harness horses and roadsters show Wednesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 1.

 

The Country Fair is open days and evenings throughout the 11 days, with a wide variety of foods, boutique shopping and rides and games.

 

From hot dogs, hamburgers and pizzas to gourmet dining complete with a selection of red and white wines, there is food for every palette, including the famous Devon fudge, tea sandwiches and lemon sticks.

 

Boutiques carry men’s and women’s clothing, paintings and prints, gold and silver jewelry, dog toys, salad bowls, souvenirs and collectibles.

 

The Ferris wheel towers over the area of games and rides and offers a compelling view of the Devon show grounds.

 

The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

General admission is $10, with $5 for children and seniors. Reserved seating tickets range from $10 to $55, depending on the day and session.

 

Scott Stewart to Defend Devon Leading Hunter Rider Title

April 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

DEVON, Pa.— Scott Stewart will defend his Leading Hunter Rider title at the 117th annual Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which runs May 23 to June 2.

 

Devon benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, with proceeds to the Hospital approaching $15 million, over $50 million when adjusted for inflation.

 

Stewart of Flemington, N.J., has won the leading rider title 12 times before, and, to make sure he makes it a baker’s dozen for the honor, he is bringing nine or 10 horses to compete in the five open hunter sections.

 

Not only is that more horses than other hunter riders will have to Devon, but all of them are also proven winners at top shows.

 

Stewart was recently the Leading Hunter Trainer at the Winter Equestrian Festival, with most of the horses he’s competing at Devon in the top five in the circuit standings.

 

Dedication was WEF circuit champion in High Performance Hunters, and Stewart will show him in that section at Devon.

 

Stewart has three horses entered in the Regular Conformation section, two in Green Conformation, two in First Year Green and one in Second Year Green.

 

Devon is one of my favorite shows,” said Stewart. “There’s only one main ring, so you get to see everybody go.”

 

“It’s one of the few times all year that you get to see all the top horses together,” Stewart said.

 

Victoria Colvin, 15, who trains with Stewart, rewrote the record books last year at Devon when, for the first time ever done, she won both the Best Child Rider on a Horse and Leading Junior Jumper Rider titles.

 

She, too, is taking top horses to Devon again this year.

 

Dr. Betsee Parker’s Ovation, last year’s Devon Grand Junior Hunter Championship, will return to defend his title in Small Junior Hunter, 15 and under.

 

Colvin will also show Canadian Blue in the Small section and has Way Cool and Inclusive in the Large Junior Hunters, 15 and under section.

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Way Cool and Inclusive were champion and reserve, respectively, in the Large section at Devon last year.

 

Colvin will show three in Junior Jumpers this year, last year’s champion and reserve, Waminka and Monsieur de Reverdy plus Don Juan.

 

Colvin will also compete in equitation, where the riders are judged on their position and control of their mounts.

 

She won the Hunter Seat Medal at Devon last year.

 

Juniors compete Thursday in equitation and Friday and Saturday in pony hunters, hunters and jumpers.

 

The Carriage Pleasure Drive opens eight days of adult competition, with hunters competing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, then returning the final Sunday, June 2, for the $25,000 International Hunter Derby.

 

Jumpers compete in afternoon and evening classes throughout the week, with the featured $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 30.

 

The Country Fair offers shopping for many unique items in boutiques scattered throughout the Fair area.

 

From dressy and sporting clothes to fine gold and silver jewelry, painting and prints, collectibles and souvenirs to every type of riding equipment, there’s shops that will appeal to every taste.

 

There’s something for every palate in the Fair, too, from dainty tea sandwiches to hot dogs, hamburgers, gourmet dining in the Garden Café and the famous Devon fudge.

 

Rides and games for tots to teens, including the Ferris wheel, complete the experience that is the Country Fair.

 

The ticket office opens Monday, April 8 and will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

General admission is $10, with $5 for children and seniors. Reserved seating tickets range from $10 to $55, depending on the day and session.

 

Entries close April 22. Visit the website www.devonhorseshow.org for additional information.