Leonard King, CEO of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has devoted a good part of his life not only to this Horse Show, but to the sport of show jumping. This year, in front a sold out crowd, just before the Grand Prix of Devon begins, Mr. King will be honored for those efforts as he is inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame.
Mr. King, a native of the Philadelphia area, got his first horse at the age of twelve and ever since his life has been centered on equestrian pursuits. In fact, Mr. King met his wife, Pat, while fox hunting.
Throughout his career Mr. King has worked tirelessly to promote the sport of show jumping and achieved many milestones, among them:
- co-producing and managing the first ever televised American show jumping competition
- co-founding the American Gold Cup
- unifying the Grand Prix circuit, among the founders the American Grandprix Association, and serving as its first president from 1978-1999 serving as the first North American to the FEI World Cup Committee, and co-producer and manager to the first World Cup final in the United States
- serving on the USET's Board of Directors and Chairman of its development committee
Mr. King was also one of the founding members of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1987, and served on its Board of Trustees and as Treasurer for more than 10 years.
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Co-Manager, Peter Doubleday and newly elected Chairman of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame says, "I am thrilled beyond measure to be able to have as one of my first inductees a great friend and the man who started it all, Leonard King."