Devon, Pa. – April 27, 2017 – As the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair approaches, qualified hunter riders prepare to take center stage in the Dixon Oval, where top professionals, amateurs and juniors will vie for coveted championship titles. The highlight event will be the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 1st at 12:30 PM and will bring together the country’s best athletes.
Sponsored by the Wheeler family, this year’s derby will be dedicated to the legendary Kenneth and Sallie Wheeler. Mrs. Wheeler, an Anheuser-Busch heiress and lifelong equestrian, passed in 2001. The couple was synonymous in the national equestrian scene with sportsmanship, having ridden and trained top hunters and Saddle horses.
|Liza Boyd and Pony Lane Farms’ Like I Said. Photo by Lauren Baker.|
Last year it was none other than Liza Boyd aboard Pony Lane Farms’ Like I Said who easily won the derby class with a total combined score of 391.5,12.5 points ahead of second place combination Sandy Ferrell and Fifty Shades.
“For me, I always like to be the underdog,” Boyd said of her 2016 win. “I don’t mind going back a little low. These derbies are my passion. I absolutely love these, and I love the handy rounds. I love the excitement of it. Like I Said is a great mare. A good mare has a lot of desire, and that mare just dug deep and tried really hard for me. I just try to stay out of her way and just go forward. She’s a little bit like an old fashioned hunter. I think she has a little bit more of a Thoroughbred-type of way of going.”
This year competitors will navigate a classic and handy round designed by Allen Rheinheimer for a chance at the prize money. Hunter Judges include Rick Fancher, Chris Wynne, Bob Crandall, and Bobbie Reber.
Aside from the highlighted hunter derby, pony, junior, and amateur-owner hunters will compete for prestigious championships during the Devon Horse Show. There will be a $37,500 Pony Hunter section, a $50,000 Junior Hunter section, and a $39,000 Amateur-Owner Hunter section for qualified athletes to showcase their mounts.
The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the longest running and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The event also includes the Country Fair that offers world-class shopping, rides and games for kids, multiple dining options and special entertainment events.
For more information, please visit www.DevonHorseShow.net.