Many major improvements and renovations are planned at the grounds for this year’s Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and all work is scheduled to commence shortly. Devon’s Board of Directors have allotted some $1-million to show ground enhancements before the 2016 Devon Horse Show, scheduled for May 26 through June 5. This is the year of Devon’s 120th anniversary and exhibitors, vendors, visitors and guests will undoubtedly enjoy the comprehensive upgrades. Details were released to the media today, Feb. 22.
Most likely, the addition of a completely new two-story structure on Dorset Road will become the focal point of the show grounds. Bryn Mawr Hospital will take prime responsibility for the emergency medical services which will be located on the first floor of the new facility. The high traffic areas of horse show entries, show management, and public relations/media will move into the new building. Staff members’ space and ticketing offices will be situated there as well. Best of all, planned is a premier “entertainment venue with spectacular orbital views of both the Dixon Oval and the Gold Ring.”
Numerous modifications are scheduled for ground enhancements according to Chairman Wayne W. Grafton. Notes Grafton, “We are focused on making this a wonderful venue for competitors and attendees for many years to come.”
The theme to symbolize the 120th anniversary is ‘Silver to Gold’ and will distinguish the new Anniversary Square, situated outside Clydesdale’s Corner. Guests and visitors will be encouraged to get together on the delightful brick patio for a prime view of Devon’s schooling ring. The sale of commemorative bricks for Anniversary Square has made individuals or farms permanently connected to the Devon Horse Show.
Says Karin Maynard, Devon Horse Show and Country Fair chairman of the development committee,
Construction is soon to begin on Anniversary Square and bricks can still be purchased. We invite the community to join in and add a brick with their name, for it will perpetually be marked on the Devon Horse Show.
More than 220 permanent horse barn stalls have been renovated for the safety of the horses. This project is wholly supported by the purchase of individual, personalized horseshoes by exhibitors and also by direct contributions. Of the numerous projects in the works, another excellent change is the addition of more space behind the east grandstands available for rentals by vendors. All three rings are undergoing laser leveling and significant improvements to the base and footing. This is a truly significant enhancement for the horses and their riders or drivers as they compete in their various events.
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair President Richard O’Donnell noted the excitement as the show dates approach. He said, “We are very excited about the new improvements to our barns, which will provide a safer environment for competitors and their horses.”
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair always runs a fantastic and prestigious outdoor horse show, the oldest in the country. Attesting to its overall success, the board just made a very large gift to Bryn Mawr Hospital of $500,000.
Please visit www.devonhorseshow.org for more information or to purchase tickets to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.
Classes and time schedule for Devon’s 2016 Horse Show is available here.