Who doesn't love the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair? There's the iconic blue stadium, countless breeds and disciplines on show, and a wealth of tradition and history. We look forward to attending every year!
This year, several horse and rider pairings made the trek to Devon, Pennsylvania from our home base of Birmingham: Hagen Blackwell and Footsteps competed in the Medium Pony Hunter division; Mimi Colette Frei and Divide's Freedom Spirit competed in the Large Pony Hunters; Abby Beaty and Corrado tackled the equitation classes; and Daniel Gietner piloted Cynthia Hallman's Fig Street's Duchess in the High Performance Hunters and the $25,000 International Hunter Derby.
Hagen and "Butter" tackled the Medium Pony Hunter Division during Devon's junior week. The pair laid down some very solid trips with scores that placed them just below the cut off to jog. The pair also competed in the Pony Hunt Teams class; their group performed to the Jackson 5's "ABC" and took 2nd place! Allison Black even joined in on the fun, taking the time to dress the part!
Mimi Colette had an excellent first trip to Devon with her partner "Spirit." Mimi just moved up to the Large Pony Hunter division in January- six months later, she ribboned at Devon, one of the most prestigious shows in the country. Mimi took 6th place in the Large Pony Stake class with a score of 77.
Abby Beaty and "Corey" competed in the WIHS Equitation Classic, the ASPCA Maclay, and the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunt Seat Medal. Abby's hard work with Corey paid off in beautiful trips; Abby even held a spot on the standby list to test for Section C of the ASPCA Maclay for much of the class.
Cynthia Hallman's "Gracie" laid down some lovely trips with Daniel Gietner aboard. Gracie more than held her own against some of the best performance horses in the country in the High Performance Hunters and the International Hunter Derby. Gracie and Daniel came away 7th in the High Performance Undersaddle class; they also finished narrowly outside the top 12 for the International Hunter Derby.
In all, we are thrilled with the results of our horses and riders at Devon this year. Their hard work and dedication to this sport show when they are highly competitive amongst some of the best riders in the country. For now, the Fox Lake Farm team is in Brownland for their summer classic before heading to the Germantown Charity Horse Show next week!
Click through the gallery below for more Devon photos. Photo credit to Madison Massey.