In 1896, the Devon Horse Show started as a one-day show. Now, years later, it has become the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. It is internationally recognized, USEF-A rated — only the fourth American horse show to be honored with the designation, FYI – and one of the most exciting events to happen in our area.
A USEF Heritage Competition award is reserved for those competitions that have been in existence for more than a quarter century, promoted and grown the equestrian sport, and made a contribution to the community outside the gates of the horse show by achieving, maintaining and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition.
And, this year the Devon Horse Show will be living up to those ideals in a big way again.
Tonight they’ll kick it off with First Night at Devon where patrons, sponsors and guests enjoy viewing beautiful art, from exceptional equine oil paintings to captivating watercolors of Chester County. As tonight is the eve of the official opening of the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair, the grounds are abuzz with horses and riders in the practice ring and vendors preparing for the next day’s opening. Guests of First Night at Devon enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while being treated to a special preview of the art showcased in the gallery, including the official Devon poster. Most importantly, guests are given the first chance to purchase the beautiful art on display from over fifty well-known regional and national artists.
And, if you’re more into shopping around than sporting, there will be unique boutiques set up that offer a variety of quintessentially equine items like leather chaps and saddles, custom-made boots, blankets, jewelry, paintings, antiques, toys, needlework, pottery, souvenirs and collectibles.
But, let’s be real…the fun is really in the eating.
The Country Fair portion of the horse show include delicious concessions like burgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, fudge and pizza, lots of vendor booths, an art gallery and a giant Midway featuring a Ferris wheel, carousel and game booths for all ages. It’s all like a tried a true county fair.
In addition to these events there are a slew of others including Family Day, Ladies Day, and a plant sale.
BTW, The first 150 children, age 12 and under, will receive free General Admission