1989 Devon Horse Show Commemorative Art

1989 Devon Horse Show Commemorative Art

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The Devon Horse Show is a widely enjoyed event that takes place each year, year round. Many people come from all across the globe just to see this event. Many foreign equestrians have competed at this popular show ground.

Since 1896, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair has promoted horsemanship and horse breeding for conformation, performance and speed. The show is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the U.S. The ideas and activities that were put into the early Devon Horse Show are much different from today's.

The original idea was for a 1-day event, no more, no less. The first horse show was held on July 2, 1896. The chosen location was the Devon Race track and Polo Grounds. The show consisted of 30 classes, the largest class having only 10 entries. The fenced-in show ring was constructed on grass and the judges and officials sat in a gazebo in the center. Today, there is a fenced-in sand ring and there are at least 5 judges' booths or stands sitting on the outside of the main arena.The Devon Horse Show grounds hosts 2 main rings, the Dixon Oval and the Gold Ring. The Dixon Oval is the main arena surrounded by the grandstands with the famous gateway reading "Where the Champions Meet." The smaller Gold Ring hosts the more populous classes such as pony breeding classes, Pessoa Medal, Regular Pony Hunters, as well as Local Hunters.

The Devon Horse Show has in-hand, jumpers, hunters, carriages and gaited events.

Donated By: Milt Tipperman