Skip to content

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Celebrates Inaugural "Devon Legends"

On Friday, October 8, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (DHSCF) kicked off its 125th anniversary with an induction ceremony honoring the inaugural "Devon Legends" at the iconic Merion Cricket Club. This prestigious group of inaugural honorees includes Olympians, national champions, and other luminaries connected to the success of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.

This is the first time in the history of the distinguished competition at Devon that the legends of the sport have been recognized. The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair looks forward to annually recognizing the many more legends that have made the event a unique and unparalleled horse show.  

“Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 125th anniversary year of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday,” said Wayne W. Grafton, Chairman and CEO of the DHSCF. “It was an honor to recognize our first class of Legends that have helped make Devon what it is today. We were excited to celebrate these remarkable individuals in the first of many such celebrations of our leaders, competitors and supporters. The Devon future is bright! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening and the rich history that has made our organization strong for future generations.”

The first group of Show Jumping athletes includes Laura Chapot, Joe Fargis, Peter Leone, Michael Matz, and McLain Ward, as well as hunter athletes Louise Serio and Patricia Heuckeroth. Ed Ochsenschlager and Richard L. Ridge will represent the Hackney and Saddlebred Legends, while Paul Martin, Donald Rosato and John White represent the Coaching division. 

The "Devon Legends" include many of those outside of the historic Dixon Oval, which have helped create the magic that remains strong at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. These legends include Ringmasters John E. Franzreb III and Alan Keeley. The final group of Legends being honored feature distinguished supporters who have worked to improve the event over many years, including Mr. Leonard A. King, Jr., and Mrs. Elizabeth R Moran.

"The inaugural 'Devon Legends' represented the top athletes in the sport, as well as those who have helped make the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair the best event in the country for over a century. We were thrilled to recognize the people that have given back to the sport and to the community in so many ways, and we are looking forward to this new chapter in this event's legendary history," concluded Grafton. 

More Stories

  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 10

    While horse shows are stacked one on top of another, the 2023 foal crop is also blossoming across the country. Submitted by owner/breeder Kristen Wells, this week’s winning photo is of her May 20th colt by Noble Braveheart out of Hannah Starlight, a daughter of reserve world’s champion Leatherwood’s Starlight. Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 29 23

    Read More
  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 9

    The babies keep growing, the weather keeps improving and the #foalsNfocus submissions keep rolling in. We are pleased to bring you another nice group this week with the following making the top nine. Read More
  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 8

    As foaling season continues the babies are in full bloom. This week’s champion is a beautiful shot of a spotted American Saddlebred colt by Arrowhead’s Moscato out of SH Card On File by Arrowhead’s Bateleur. The photo was submitted by owner/breeder Jeff Stone. Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 22 23 Ashe

    Read More
  • Latest Issue 5 22 23 BB

    Read More
  • Address Change Announced to Honor WC Wing Commander

    In 2012, a new road was built at the Kentucky Horse Park leading from Iron Works Parkway past the sculpture of Supreme Sultan by Patricia Crane. That road was named Wing Commander Way in honor of the iconic American Saddlebred, CH Wing Commander.  Read More
  • Only Three Nominations Remain for Purchase to Standardbred Roadster 100

    Only three nominations remain for purchase to the 2023 $100,000 Standardbred Roadster 100 to be contested at the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show, says Robertson Equine Sales CEO Jimmy Robertson. Read More
  • Nominations for the UPHA Caretaker Hall of Fame Now Being Accepted

    The United Professional Horsemen's Association is accepting nominations for its annual Jesus Gonzales Gomez UPHA Caretaker Hall of Fame. UPHA is proud to offer two UPHA Caretaker Hall of Fame Awards; one presented at Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show, Lexington, Kentucky in July and the other at the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in October. Read More
  • #FoalsNFocus – Week 7

    The submissions for our #foalsNfocus photo contest continue to pour in with a wide variety of photos received for this week. Selected as the Champion was a Janelle Schroeder photo of a beautiful Morgan filly named Atwood Kantara.  Read More