Richard O’Donnell Earns Back-to-Back Horse Pairs Championship At Devon Horse Show

Molly Neville Claims Single/Pair Pony Driving Championship
Richard O’Donnell (Photo: Equiscape Photography)
Spectators gathered around the Dixon Oval on Memorial Day to witness the presentation of the tricolors for the Horse Pairs and the Single/Pair Pony Driving championship. Richard O’Donnell, president of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, received the Challenge Trophy and Horse Pairs championship title for the second year in a row after accumulating the most points throughout the three classes of the division over the course of Sunday and Monday.
The O’Donnell team drove to victory in comfort in their 1880 Spider Phaeton. The Philadelphia-native carriage is one of 16 vintage vehicles the O’Donnell’s own and have on display in their home-base museum.
Richard O’Donnell (Photo: Equiscape Photography)
Next, the evening’s events shifted attention to the ponies, where Molly Neville and Helen Lenahan’s ponies returned to the winner’s circle, after winning Sunday’s Carriage Pleasure Drive championship, to earn the Single/Pair Pony Driving championship. Neville earned the most points over the two-day competition in her Relhok Serenity Blue carriage to receive the Joseph M. Pierce Challenge Trophy. It was a bittersweet win for Neville as Lenahan recently passed.
Championship aprons throughout both divisions on Monday were presented to O’Donnell and Neville by Misdee Wrigley Miller.
The Four-in-Hand Coaching division was also a featured event in the Monday evening session, with John White earning the win in the Excelsior Road Coach after also receiving the Devon blue in the event last year. Four-in-Hand Coaching competition will continue throughout the week at the Devon Horse Show and County Fair.
The Best Tailgate Picnic Trophy and the Gilbert Sheck Memorial Challenge Trophy was also awarded on Monday evening with the title going to William Venditta and the Brewster Coach.
Molly Neville (Photo: Equiscape Photography)
Molly Neville
On her second championship win at the 2017 Devon Horse Show:
“It’s bittersweet. I wish [Helen] could have been here with me for the win. It’s tough but I was happy that [the ponies] were good girls. I know Helen was with me. I’m glad I could do it for Helen.”
On her first time competing at the Devon Horse Show:
“It’s exciting! It’s one of the top horse shows and like no other. It’s really wonderful.”
Molly Neville (Photo: Equiscape Photography)
Family Days at Devon Offer Discounts
Every day of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a good day to bring your family to the showgrounds, but Tuesday, May 30, is a special Family Day!
“Devon is all about families, from our volunteers to our guests at the show. Offering specials in the booths and coordinating special events and exhibitions is Devon’s way to thank and celebrate families,” said Devon Horse Show and Country Fair co-chair Lisa Estabrook.
Family Day specials:
  • Midway: $2 discount on Ride All Day wristbands
  • Hot dog booth: Buy one hot dog and get another one free
  • Ice cream and soda booth: Buy one popcorn and get another one free
  • Tea Cart: $1 off the Devon Sampler
  • Hamburger booth: $1 off the Devon Special (a hamburger or a chicken sandwich)
  • Candy booth: Discount on lemon sticks and a surprise candy special
Tuesday will also offer an extra special treat. Back barn tours will be given from 3-6 p.m. Tours will leave from the Picnic Grove and there will even be a special stop on the tour this year as the Budweiser Clydesdales will be calling Devon home during the show.
Families can enjoy special discounts and exhibitions throughout the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Tuesday, May 30. (Photo: Brenda Carpenter)
Photo: Brenda Carpenter
Photo: Brenda Carpenter