DEVON, Pa.--The Devon Fall Classic, featuring exciting jumper competitions, boutique shopping, an all-new midway fair and all sorts of fun activities for all the family, is rapidly becoming one of the popular stops for spectators as well as competitors on the Northeast and Midwest fall show jumping tours.
The Fall Classic gets underway on Sept. 12 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds.
It holds a USEF jumper rating of 4 and features the Zone 2 Jumper Championships as well as, along with the high jumper classes, children's and adult amateur jumpers, junior and amateur owner jumpers, young jumpers and thoroughbred jumpers.
Entries close on Sept. 2, so exhibitors make sure to download a copy of the prize list and other entry forms from the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair website.
Laura Chapot, one of Devon's most successful and most popular exhibitors, has Thornhill Kate and Calafornia competing in the high jumper section and the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix, which is dedicated to her father, Frank, who not only showed very successfully at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair but also designed courses and judged jumpers there as well.
THE DEVON Fall Classic is a family affair for the Chapots, as Wendy Chapot Nunn will also be competing in Adult Amateur Jumpers as well as one of Laura's students, Barbara Rochford.
Returning for its seventh year, the Devon Fall Classic benefits the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that maintains the historic Devon show grounds.
The Fall Classic begins each day at 8 a.m. with the equestrian competitions, with the exception of Saturday when the Dixon Oval kicks off the day at 7:30 a.m.
In between the jumpers and the equestrian excitement, the Devon Fall Festival will provide a taste of autumn in Pennsylvania, featuring a selection of unique shops, the Midway with carnival games, and kid-friendly food throughout the evening during the week and throughout the day over the weekend.
Highlighting this year's event are the Friday and Saturday evening sessions.
Friday's main event will be the Open Jumper Speed Stake, and on Saturday night, the $25,000 Devon Fall Classic Grand Prix takes center stage, preceded by the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classic for the top Junior and Amateur Owner Jumper riders.
The daytime events provide a wide variety of jumper classes, ranging from the age group jumpers, including 5, 6 and 7-Year-Old Young Jumper sections, to the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers and the Child/Adult Jumpers.
Laura Chapot will be competing there as well, showing two 7-year-olds that are by Gemini, the clone of the great Gem Twist.
At the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair earlier this year, Laura placed both first and second in a 7-year-old class, winning on Pursuit of Happiness, a bay gelding, and placing second on Timeless, a grey mare, and both will show at the Fall Classic.
Pony Jumpers are also scheduled on the weekend.
For exhibitor information, entries, stall reservations and questions, exhibitors can visit the show's website: http://www.devonhorseshow.net/fall-classic/exhibitors/
To purchase tickets for this year's event, visit the website at http://www.devonhorseshow.net/fall-classic/tickets/
In addition to the fine equestrian showcase, the Devon Fall Festival is loaded with family entertainment.
Special events include Yappy Hour, where you can drink and dine with your dog in the Picnic Grove on Friday from 5 - 7 p.m., featuring local beer, wine and spirits from Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works, White Horse Winery and Thistle Finch Distillery.
The Bar Spoon Beverage Co.will also offer special tastings of their craft mixers, and Friday's live entertainment will feature the classic rock, party band Knock One Back.
On Saturday, guests can enter the 1st Annual Devon Fall Classic Chili Contest, and there will be more live entertainment in the picnic grove, with Prime Time playing dance music from the 1960s - 1990s.
The weekend concludes with Sunday Brunch where guests can enjoy a late breakfast catered by Wild Blue Creative Catering after a fun-filled weekend.
While there will be special events each day for children, Sunday is "Kids Rule" day, featuring pony rides, crafts and a stick horse jumping course.
When the show concludes on Sunday, shop for some amazing bargains on fall plants.
All plants used to decorate the ring and show grounds are sold at incredible prices and supplied by one of the best-known nurseries in the area, Main Line Gardens.