Devon, Pa.—May 27
Summer is officially upon us if the weather wasn’t indicator enough. As the rest of America celebrates those who’ve sacrificed their lives for our freedom as well as the commencement of pool season with a little dive into the deep end (obviously with Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” playing not so gently in the background), the horse show world honors the only way it knows how: at Devon.
Handing out lots of lemons and turning them into lemonade and lemon sticks, the greater Philadelphia area comes out to the light blue stands to watch the best fancy prancers in America. If you aren’t present because the pool, the beach and the barbecue call you elsewhere, no worries. The Chronicle will bring Devon to you with just a little swipe of your index fingers. Spend Memorial Day with us without even having to stand up.
The professional hunters started today with 3’6″ green hunters leading the way, and then the green conformation and 3’9″ greens stretching into the late morning and early afternoon. In each division, one horse-and-rider combination dominated the over fences. In the 3’6″ greens, Tara Metzner rode Daylyn Farms’ Lion to the double blue. Then in the green conformation, Scott Stewart won the model, over fences and the flat class on Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Scandal. A clear crowd favorite, Cheryl Olsten’s Lafitte De Muze basked in the applause and affection with Amanda Steege in the 3’9″ green hunters. Which of these snappy knees would you take home?
Still can’t decide? Here are some close ups. Is there a nose you are dying to boop?
And just because this is the oldest and most prestigious horse show in the country, here are some others that we’d be happy to take home.
Need a little shade after watching all those hunters? Come swipe with us and get refreshed.
Make sure you grab some fudge and wander back to watch some of the fun exhibitions before the adult jumper night class.
Happy Memorial Day from all of us Chroniclers at Devon!
The Chronicle will be on site all week bringing you beautiful photos, daily reports and more. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the June 17 issue for more in-depth stories from the winners.