Devon, PA - May 19, 2015 - The rich history, style, and ambiance of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair are unmatched. The show began in 1896 as a one-day show, but today it is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. The show is internationally recognized and globally respected.
In addition to its horse show prestige, Devon has become one of the largest volunteer run fundraising efforts in the country, with proceeds benefitting Bryn Mawr Hospital. To date, the show has raised over $14,000,000 to ensure that Bryn Mawr Hospital remains one of the top community hospitals in the country.
While the show holds a Grand Prix for Show Jumpers, the American Saddlebreds are the stars of the show ring. At Devon, the American Saddlebred is exhibited in several different divisions including five-gaited, three-gaited, fine harness, pleasure, park, and western. An incredibly versatile breed, the American Saddlebred excels at every division, and it is the only breed that walks, trots, canters, and can be taught to perform two additional gaits, the slow gait and the rack. These two additional gaits are incredibly smooth, and the American Saddlebred performs the gaits with only one foot on the ground at a time. The slow gait is slow and animated and the rack is fast and exciting!
The crowd really gets excited when the American Saddlebreds come into the ring and cheer The Hackney and Harness Ponies are always a crowd favorite at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair for their favorites. The horses love the cheering and applause and work harder for it.
While the American Saddlebreds are the peacocks of the show ring, their attitudes are just as endearing. During the show, spectators have the opportunity to visit the American Saddlebreds back at the barns. American Saddlebreds love attention and are very easy to fall in love with.
So easy to fall in love with, that even some of the world's most famous celebrities are American Saddlebred enthusiasts. Currently William Shatner and Carson Kressley both own and show American Saddlebred horses.Kressley, of Queen Eye for the Straight Guy fame has long been a supporter of the Devon Horse Show, and is a popular exhibitor every year.
Every day is a good day at Devon, where dreams come true in the Dixon Oval.