$25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Highlights Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Liza Boyd and Pony Lane Farms' Like I Said. Photo by Lauren Baker.

Liza Boyd and Pony Lane Farms' Like I Said. Photo by Lauren Baker.

Devon, Pa. – April 27, 2017 – As the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair approaches, qualified hunter riders prepare to take center stage in the Dixon Oval, where top professionals, amateurs and juniors will vie for coveted championship titles. The highlight event will be the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 1st at 12:30 PM and will bring together the country’s best athletes.

Sponsored by the Wheeler family, this year’s derby will be dedicated to the legendary Kenneth and Sallie Wheeler. Mrs. Wheeler, an Anheuser-Busch heiress and lifelong equestrian, passed in 2001. The couple was synonymous in the national equestrian scene with sportsmanship, having ridden and trained top hunters and Saddle horses.

Liza Boyd and Pony Lane Farms' Like I Said. Photo by Lauren Baker.

Liza Boyd and Pony Lane Farms’ Like I Said. Photo by Lauren Baker.

Last year it was none other than Liza Boyd aboard Pony Lane Farms’ Like I Said who easily won the derby class with a total combined score of 391.5,12.5 points ahead of second place combination Sandy Ferrell and Fifty Shades.

“For me, I always like to be the underdog,” Boyd said of her 2016 win. “I don’t mind going back a little low. These derbies are my passion. I absolutely love these, and I love the handy rounds. I love the excitement of it. Like I Said is a great mare. A good mare has a lot of desire, and that mare just dug deep and tried really hard for me. I just try to stay out of her way and just go forward. She’s a little bit like an old fashioned hunter. I think she has a little bit more of a Thoroughbred-type of way of going.”

This year competitors will navigate a classic and handy round designed by Allen Rheinheimer for a chance at the prize money. Hunter Judges include Rick Fancher, Chris Wynne, Bob Crandall, and Bobbie Reber.

Aside from the highlighted hunter derby, pony, junior, and amateur-owner hunters will compete for prestigious championships during the Devon Horse Show. There will be a $37,500 Pony Hunter section, a $50,000 Junior Hunter section, and a $39,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter section for qualified athletes to showcase their mounts.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

For more information, please visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.

2017 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Fast Facts   

What:

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.

When:

May 25th through June 4th, 2017

Where:

Devon Horse Show Grounds

23 Dorset Road

Devon, PA

Prize List and Exhibitor Information:

Devonhorseshow.net/exhibitors/exhibitors-info/

New This Year – $50,000 Arena Eventing Class

Stabling:

Approximately 900 permanent stalls Many barns renovated within the last 5 years

Restroom facilities with showers

Parking:

Limited parking is available for spectators at the Main Lot on Dorset Road across from the Main Entrance.

Directions:

From Philadelphia International Airport

Follow signs to I-95 South and follow I-95 South approximately 5 miles. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the Northeast

Follow I-95 South. Look for I-476 approximately 5 miles South of the Philadelphia

International Airport. Merge onto I-476 North via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting.

Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the South

Follow I-95 North toward Philadelphia. Once you’ve crossed into Delaware, keep right and take I-495 North via exit 5D toward Port of Wilmington / Philadelphia. Follow for I-495 North and merge onto I-95 North (Crossing into Pennsylvania). Follow I-95 North to I-476 North. Take I-476 N via exit 7 toward Plymouth Meeting. Follow I-476 North for approximately 13 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the East

Follow the Schuylkill Expressway / I-76 West to I-476 South. Merge onto I-476 South via exit 331A on the left toward Chester. Follow I-476 South for approximately 2 miles to exit 13, US-30. Turn left onto US-30 West. Follow US-30 West for approximately 3 miles and the Devon Horse Show will be on your left.

From the West

Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike / I-76 E toward Philadelphia. Take exit 326 toward Valley Forge. Stay in right lane after the tolls. Merge onto US-202 South via exit 328A toward West Chester. Follow US-202 South for approximately 2 miles. Take the PA-252 North exit toward Devon. Make a left onto Valley Forge Road / PA-252. Continue to follow Valley Forge Road for approximately .5 miles and make a slight right turn onto Devon State Road. Follow Devon State road for approximately 1 mile until you reach a dead end. Make a left onto Old Lancaster Road and then an immediate right onto Waterloo Road. Turn left on to Lancaster Avenue / US-30 East and the Devon Horse Show will be on your right within .2 miles.

Mail:

Devon Horse Show Office

PO Box 865, Devon, PA 19333

Devon Horse Show Office

(GPS and UPS & FedEx Deliveries, not for US Postal Service)

23 Dorset Road, Devon, PA 19333

Devon Horse Show Entries

PO Box 158, Devon, PA 19333

Devon Country Fair Office

PO Box 882, Devon PA 19333

Box Seating & Ticket Office

PO Box 742, Devon, PA 19333

Information:

Advertising – (610) 964-0550 x 222

Box Holders – (610) 688-2554

Devon Country Fair – (610)964-0550 x225

Devon Fall Classic – (610) 964-0550

Entries – (610) 964-2723

Fax – (610) 964-1608

Feed Orders – (610) 964-8407

Facility Rental – (610) 964-0550

Horse Show Business Office – (610) 964-0550

Information Booth:

Lost & Found – (610) 688-1312 (during show only)

Sponsorship – (610) 964-0550 x 211

Stable Office – (610) 688-2665

Tickets and Tables – (610) 688-2554

Vendors:

Horse Show – (610) 964-0550 x 222

Country Fair – (610) 525-2533

Website:

Devonhorseshow.org

Charity Partner:

To date, volunteers have raised over $14,000,000 for Bryn Mawr Hospital

Ring dimensions and footing:

Dixon Oval: 325′ x 150′

Gold Ring: 300′ x 130′

The Dixon Oval, Gold Ring, and the Schooling Area all have state of the art all weather footing by Equestrian Services International.

Management:

David Distler

Peter Doubleday

Media Contact:

Phelps Media Group, Inc.

12230 Forest Hill Blvd.

Suite 214

Wellington, FL 33414

561-753-3389 (phone)

561-753-3386

(fax)

info@phelpsmediagroup.com