The former “Gold Ring” at the Devon Horse Show (Pa.) has been officially renamed as the “Wheeler Ring” in honor of Kenny Wheeler and his late wife, Sallie Wheeler.
The Wheeler family of Virginia has been part of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair for many years. Generations of Wheelers have shown in a variety of divisions, including open hunter, hunter breeding and American Saddlebred.
Kenny is best known for his numerous victories in the breeding classes at Devon, as well as a long career as a hunter trainer. Horses he trained have been named the Best Young Horse at Devon for 34 years in a row. In addition to being an avid competitor herself, Sallie was a great philanthropist and supporter of the horse show. Both were very much involved in Devon over the decades.
“Sallie and Kenny Wheeler demonstrated not only the epitome of horsemanship, but they contributed to the horse show through years of participation, service and donations,” said Devon Horse Show Chairman Wayne W. Grafton. “We proudly rename the ‘Gold Ring’ to the ‘Wheeler Ring’ in honor of their generosity and shared loved of showing horses.”