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Devon Horse Show

June 5, 2016

Arbor Hill Repeats His Best Young Horse Victory

Devon, Pa.—June 5

This morning someone pulled Richard Taylor aside and commented that he was in the pressure cooker today. After all, Taylor was presenting last year’s Best Young Horse, Arbor Hill, in the 3-year-old stallions and geldings class, and his Venture Stables had already earned the Best Young Pony, Papillon, last weekend. But Taylor didn’t look at it that way.

“You got a great horse,” he said “What you really hope is that he shows great, and he showed great today.”

June 4, 2016

Empire Continues A Grand Family Tradition At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 4

A week ago, Evermore came center ring at the Dixon Oval to accept the grand junior hunter championship, and on amateur weekend it was his father’s turn. Empire earned the amateur-owner hunter, 36 and over, and the grand amateur-owner hunter title with Becky Gochman, who also earned the leading amateur-owner hunter rider title.

Susan Baker and Q won today’s handy and the stakes classes to claim reserve.

June 2, 2016

Kevin Babington Cuts McLain Ward's Streak Short At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 2  

Horses are for sure the ultimate humblers, as Rothchild proved tonight. McLain Ward rode a remarkable winning streak into the Devon Horse Show.

He'd won grand prix classes at the Old Salem Farm horse shows (N.Y.) and the Rome CSIO before coming to Devon and quickly winning three of the FEI open jumper classes in the week's schedule. So, he was for sure the hot favorite to top the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon. And as he and Rothchild landed off the next-to-last fence of the jump-off, he was well on his way to a winning time. 

June 2, 2016

Like I Said Rises To The Occasion In Devon's $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

Devon, Pa.—June 2  

"You'd better step back, Jack's going to go crazy," Louise Serio advised the group of people standing at the in-gate of the Dixon Oval watching Liza Boyd's handy round aboard Like I Said. 

Jack Towell was there, watching his daughter intently. And as she landed over the last, huge oxer, he jumped up and down, whooping and clapping, proving Serio right. "See, I told you. Crazy!" Serio said with a laugh.

June 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Remembering Sapphire's Truly Magical Devon Evening

Sitting here this morning, in the bright blue Devon Horse Show press room looking out over the Dixon Oval, I teared up again at the memories of a Thursday June evening in 2012. 

Four years ago in this ring, I got to witness one of the most amazing nights of show jumping I think we’ll ever see. From McLain Ward’s heartfelt tribute to his retiring great mare, Sapphire, to his amazing win in the grand prix just a few months after breaking his knee, it was the kind of night that defined the description “fairy tale.”

June 2, 2016

Ward's Winning Streak Continues In Devon's Open Speed

Devon, Pa.—June 1  

Some might call it luck, some might call it hard work, most would call it both.

Whatever it is, McLain Ward has it.

Notching his eighth international victory in a row, Ward rose to the top of the field once again, claiming the $40,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4. Piloting Tina La Boheme to the fastest clear round, Ward once again led the lap of honor in the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show.

June 1, 2016

Liza Boyd And Hunt Tosh Lend A Hand At Devon

Devon, Pa.—June 1  

Jen Alfano hadn't even made it into the ambulance after her fall on May 31 at Devon before she started arranging other riders to take over on her remaining mounts. 

When Hunt Tosh was asked when he got the nod to take over the reins on Alfano's usual ride Miss Lucy, he replied: "When she was sitting in the dirt yesterday!" And he wasn't joking.

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