Thursday, May. 23, 2024

What You Need To Know: 2024 Devon Horse Show



It’s hard to pick just one favorite part of the Devon Horse Show, located outside Philadelphia in Devon, Pennsylvania. Is it the chance to see some of the top hunters and jumpers in the country go head to head? The opportunity to experience one of only a handful of historic multidiscipline shows left in the United States? The costumed pony hunt teams? The fashionable locals decked out for the ladies’ hat contest? The lemon sticks, fudge and tea sandwiches?

There’s something for everyone at the show “Where Champions Meet”—plus a little extra this year, with the events extended an extra day on the front end. That extra day will feature pony breeding and the first day of a new division at Devon: the 3’3” junior hunters, which is split two ways by height.

Last year Ashlee Bond rode Donatello 141 to the win in the $250,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon. Mollie Bailey Photos

Who: Qualifying lists are available here.

When: Junior weekend kicks off Wednesday and runs through Sunday. It features pony breeding, equitation, junior hunters and jumpers, pony hunters and children’s jumpers. Saturday, May 25, is hunt night, and the weekend wraps up on Sunday evening with arena eventing.

Senior week runs May 27-June 2, featuring open and amateur-owner hunters, jumper divisions ranging from adult to Fédération Equestre Internationale levels, side-saddle and hunter breeding. You can see the detailed schedule here.

Top hunters, like last year’s high performance hunter champion Cannon Creek, ridden by Hunt Tosh, will be competing all week.

Don’t Miss: Once you’ve wandered around the county fair and shopping areas, stop by the Dixon Oval and the Wheeler Ring to see non-stop equine entertainment.

Taylor Landstrom, Addison Stoughton and Alexa Karet took the top call in the Pony Hunt Teams competition in 2019.

• If you’ve never seen the costumed pony hunt teams take a turn around the ring, be sure to get there early to get a spot on the Wheeler Ring rail on the first Saturday after the presentation of the grand pony hunter championship to see a fun exhibition, set to begin at 5:15 p.m., after all the serious business is over.


• If you’re one who loves top jumper sport, mark your calendars for the 7 p.m. Tuesday Jet Run Welcome Stake, and again for the $226,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon, starting at 7:30 p.m. on May 30, which draws top international riders.

• If foxhunting is more your style, the Radnor Hunt (Pennsylvania) hounds will parade at 9 p.m. on the first Saturday, May 25, followed by horse hunt teams and the family class.

• If you’re an eventing fanatic, you can see myriad Olympians and Olympic hopefuls jump the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing track over a course winds through both rings and includes intermediate-level eventing-style fences starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 26.

See top eventers like Ema Klugman on RF Redfern take a turn around over the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing Course on Sunday.

• If hunters are more your style, don’t miss the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, set to take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 22.

There are plenty of exhibitions at Devon, including the Budweiser Clydesdales who are set to visit the showgrounds on Thursday, May 30.

How To Follow Along: The Chronicle will have a pair of reporters at Devon bringing you photo galleries, stories from the competition and more at Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss a thing. You can see a full report from the entire competition in the June 17 issue of The Chronicle of the Horse magazine.

How to watch: USEF members can watch the Devon Horse Show on USEF Network.

Important Links: Devon Horse Show website / Detailed schedule / Results and orders of go / All the Chronicle’s coverage



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