Get Your Hat: The Family Guide to the Devon Horse Show
This Main Line icon is much more than horses.
The beloved Devon Horse Show and Country Fair returns this year from May 25 to June 4. As a true Main Line tradition, the show attracts families from all over Pennsylvania to participate in the equestrian action and outdoor fun to kickoff the summer season.
The oldest and largest multi-breed horse show in the country is home to everything equestrian, from elegant women riding sidesaddle to jumper speed classes. The Country Fair offers a variety of boutique shops, amusement rides, games, dining, and more. Proceeds from the Country Fair support Bryn Mawr Hospital.
The show began in 1896 and keeps growing. People of all ages come to not only enjoy the spectacle of horses, but also vendors from near and far bringing arts and crafts, jewelry, clothes, and home goods.
The event starts the day before the actual opening of the show with the First Night at Devon on Wednesday, May 24. Guests can enjoy light refreshments to preview all of the art that will be showcased in the gallery this year.
The Horse Show has a lot to offer for families this year, with Family Days on Thursday, May 25, and Tuesday, May 30, that include specials on food and fun, and back-barn tours from 3 — 6 pm on May 30. Children’s Day is Sunday, June 4, from 11 am – 2 pm, and includes many free activities, including music, face painting, and more. Itty Bitty Hat Decorating will take place from 11 am – 12:30 pm for $7 a hat, followed by the “Itty Bitty Hat Parade” where kids can show off their wearable creations.
The animal attractions aren’t just about horses, either. There will be a Dog Show on Thursday, May 25, at 7:30 pm, which will include an exhibition, six classes, and a dog costume contest.
The show is also a chance for Main Line women to show off their best hats. Ladies’ Day is on Wednesday, May 31, this year. Ladies wearing greast hats can get free admission to the horse show grounds until 1 pm, and tickets to Ladies’ Day include the hat contest, live music, raffle prizes, and light fare. Carson Kressley (best known for his fashion advice on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) will sign his new book from 1 — 2 pm.
In addition to all of the special events, there will be a new Arena Eventing class this year on Sunday, May 28 at 7 pm, where 40 riders will compete on a course featuring cross country and show jumps throughout the Gold Ring and Dixon Oval.
Tickets can be purchased at the show, online, or by calling 610-688-2554. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 3 to 18 and seniors 65 and older. Admission is free for kids 2 and younger.
The Devon Horse Show is at 23 Dorset Road in Devon. Click here to visit the show’s website.
Photograph by Brenda Carpenter, courtesy of the Devon Horse Show.