Devon, PA - The Black Tie and Boots Ball, featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction, will be held Saturday, May 8 at Bryn Clovis, Brushwood Farm in Malvern. The Ball benefits the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation, and limited tickets are available.
For the second time, there will be a live auction with television star and long time Devon Saddlebred exhibitor Carson Kressley acting as emcee. Kressley, who starred in “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, has ridden his gaited horses in the Saddlebred divisions at Devon for about 20 years.
There are some fabulous trips and tours going under the gavel. One offering being auctioned is a limousine transportation and behind-the-scene tour of the Cartier Mansion in New York City, and another is a trip to San Francisco with an insider tour of the Museum of Modern Art. Guests at the Ball can buy a trip to Lexington to visit some of the famed stud farms and
a tour of the Eagle Rare Bourbon distillery or a week in Boca Grande, FL.
The Ball features cocktails, dinner and dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. During the cocktail hour, the traditional Champion of the Year Award for service to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation will be given to one person from the Horse Show and one from the Country Fair.
Bryn Clovis is the thoroughbred breeding farm owned by Betty Moran, who has campaigned such champion race horses as Belmont Stakes winner Crème Fraiche, Aintree Grand National winner Papillon and I’m Sweets.
In 2004, Brushwood Stable bred Hard Spun, who, in the colors of Rick Porter of Wilmington, Del., went on to finish second in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Preakness and fourth in the Belmont Stakes.
The Black Tie and Boots Ball is celebrating its fifth year, having previously been held twice in the Dixon Oval at the Devon show grounds, two years ago at Ardrossan, and last year at Bryn Clovis. Jimmy Duffy will again cater the event and music this year will again be provided by the pop band Kenn Kweder.
Last year’s Ball drew a large and enthusiastic crowd, and everyone agreed that Bryn Clovis is the perfect spot. Special thanks go to Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran and Brushwood Farm.
The Ball Committee is headed by Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Chairman Leonard A. King and President Wade L. McDevitt, and Country Fair co-Chairmen Mimi Killian and Sandy Shinners.
Black tie is optional, and boots are suggested. There will be valet parking.
Tickets are $125 per person, with $65 per ticket tax deductible. Tables of 10 can be reserved.
For additional information, call the Country Fair office at 610-525-2533 or visit the website at www.thedevonhorseshow.org.