DEVON, Pa.--The Devon Fall Classic, rapidly becoming one of the popular stops during the Northeast and Midwest fall show jumping tours, is set to get underway tomorrow and will run through Sunday, Sept. 15 at the famed Devon Horse Show Grounds.
Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., who has been Open Jumper Champion and Leading Open Jumper Rider both at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and the Devon Fall Classic, has two top mounts entered in the Open Jumper section as well as mounts in the lower sections and the 7-year-old classes.
But she'll be challenged for th titles this year by a number of top riders, including Callan Solem of Chester Springs, Pa., another local favorite, and Alison Robitaille of Wellington, Fla.
Among the top coaches taking students to the Devon Fall Classic are Olympic team gold medalists Joe Fargis and Anne Kursinski.
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.
Judging the Fall Classic are Ms. Leslie Brown of Glasgow, Va., Neil O’Connor of Southampton, N.Y., and Kevin Giblin of Wellington, Fla,
The Course Designer is Steve Stephens of Palmetto, Fla., and the Steward is Ms. Joni Moloney of New Hope, Pa.
David Distler and Peter Doubleday are the show managers, and the announcers are Peter G. Doubleday of Southern Pines, N.C., and Steve Sarafin of Camden, S.C.
The ringmaster is Steve Hayes of Coatesville, Pa.
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, and Pony Jumpers are also scheduled on the weekend.
To purchase tickets for this year's event, please 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 first 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, it is time to shop for some amazing bargains on Fall plants.
All the 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.