What do you get when you mix splendor, beauty and pageantry with equestrian prowess? The Devon Horse Show. Actually the name is Dressage at Devon Horse Show, and if you’re doing internet research on it, that’s where you’ll find it.
But if you’re one of the many locals that anxiously await the arrival of, and become giddy with excitement every time you walk through the gates, it’s the Devon Horse Show. We know we shouldn’t, because it doesn’t tell of what sits in waiting inside the gates. But locals are locals. And yes, even us here in Wilmington are considered locals. Just ask your neighbor, “Are you going to the Devon Horse Show?”
There will either be a question – “Is that this week?!” Or you’ll hear a tale of grandeur, of unbelievable animals and riders, and of unforgettable beauty. It’s all at the show. Remarkably, there are still reserved seats available, but going fast. All grandstand seats are sold out. Friday reserved seats are $25 each for 8am until close, and Sunday is $10 each, 8am until closed. There are no dogs allowed in the seating areas, so even though it is an equestrian event, please leave the family companion outside the event.
The show is also a festival, with vendors supplying things for the horse, the rider and the lifestyle. Artisans offer fine jewelery and crafts, and the food offerings have won best food on the show circuit by competitors. You can have a full meal or a light snack. And then enjoy a refreshment in the Bier Garden. What could be more satisfying?
It’s easy to get to from Wilmington, just west of I-476 on US Rt 30 in Devon. The GPS will take you there by using 23 Dorsett Road, Devon, PA.
But the true draw, the true reason for coming to the show is the magnificent animals and their riders. Even if you’re an old western rider like me you can’t help but marvel at the bond between a dressage rider and their mount. I like to call it “liquid poetry”. The skill, the movement, the flow of horse and rider make this an event you do not want to miss.
And it’s for a great cause. The Thorncroft Therapeutic Riding Program, responsible for positively impacting so many children and adult riders over the years receives support from your attendance at the show. So not only are you enjoying a beautiful display of equestrian talents, you are making it possible in the lives of others.
It’s a great cause, and a great show. Take in the Dressage at Devon Horse Show this week, and fill your eyes with beauty. You’ll be glad you did.