It’s nearly time for that treasured tradition, the Devon Horse Show. You’ll be planning to do the same things you always do, from attending the featured $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix on the evening of June 1 to enjoying the fudge and lemon sticks and taking in the country fair.
But there are some innovations this year, the most exciting of which will be the debut of arena eventing on Sunday night May 28. Both the Gold Ring and the Dixon Oval will be used for a combined course of cross-country and show jumps, laid out by former U.S. eventing coach Mark Phillips of Burghley 4-star fame.
Expect to see eventers Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton participating, along with several show jumpers. This is the perfect way to wake up what is generally a sleepy evening at the show.
Another new attraction is the Dog Show at the Horse Show May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free after 5 p.m. Why not enter your dog for a $5 fee and try the K-9 Stake, the Lead Line Costume Parade or the Speed/Weave class?
Don’t miss Australian showman Guy McLean from May 30 through June 3. You’ll love his work without bridle and saddle, commanding his own little herd of obedient horses.
For tickets, go to www.devonhorseshow.net or phone (610) 688-2554. Unless you want to stand mushed against the rail, advance purchase seating is a must for the Sapphire Grand Prix.