With a glint of pomp and style, the grounds at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair were filled with women donning elaborate hats amid Wednesday's heat as part of the show's women's day.
Susan Randels' small, black pillbox hat that leaned on the left side of her head was one of many to be judged and photographed as part of the afternoon's hat contest.
In its 115th year, the show celebrates the traditions and lifestyles of the Main Line. It will run until Sunday, and proceeds benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital.
"I love it," Randels said of the show. "I've been sweating for six days, and it's worth every bead."
Randels compared the hats, called "fascinators" by their wearers, to those seen recently at the royal wedding and the Kentucky Derby.
Wayne's Jenn McGowan, the coordinator of the hat contest, wore an array of butterflies that were attached to her head by wires. She said this year's contestants were colorful and creative, and most of the women wore dresses that matched the style of their hat.
Amy Holzapfel of Devon wore the winning hat.
Randels said the hats are fun to wear, and she prefers stylish hats as opposed to big ones, as they doesn't get in her way or mess up her hair. Her boutique in Paoli, Polka Dots, sells the hats, and Randels said she has seen a rise in sales leading up the show.
Wearing a large, black floppy hat that almost covered her dark sunglasses, Jillian Titus said women's day was a chance to have fun and be creative. Attending her first day at Devon, Titus was accompanied by her friend Sara Moore, also of West Chester. They designed their own hats, and Moore's included buttons passed down from her grandmother, Isabel Moore, whose name is marked as a sponsor on one of the boxes in the grandstand.
Moore's mother, Suzanne, said her husband's family has been a part of the Devon Horse Show since the beginning, and it was her 20th year attending but her first participating in the hat contest.
"It's a great atmosphere. We have a lot of fun being a part of it," said Suzanne Moore, who along with her friend Michelle Wood wore a more modest-styled hat compared to her daughter.
Chapot wins. Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., rode Bradberry to victory in the $10,000 Open Jumper, Hit & Hurry class.
With her win, Chapot got a leg up on McLain Ward in the contest for the Leading Jumper Rider title.
Ward has an entry in Thursday night's $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix, which count bonus points. Chapot does not have a horse in the Grand Prix.
"Devon is the highlight of our spring," said Chapot. "Every win here is meaningful. The crowd really gets into it."
Scott Stewart of Flemington, N.J., rode Touchdown to the championship in Regular Conformation Hunters.
Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo rode SBS Farm's Jersey Boy to the High Performance Working Hunter title.
Where: Lancaster Pike and Dorset Road, Devon.
Thursday: carriage racing, singles and pairs racing through hazards and cones. 6 p.m.
Wells Fargo stagecoach appearing during afternoon and evening performances.
Tickets: advance sales, 610-688-2554; country fair office: 610-525-2533. General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. Reserved grandstand tickets are available ranging from $12 to $50, depending on the performance.
Web site: www.thedevonhorse
Starting at 8 a.m.
PA Bred Yearling, Colt
PA Bred Yearling, Filly
PA Bred 2 Year Old, Colt
PA Bred 2 Year Old, Filly
PA Bred 3 Year Old
Best PA Bred Horse
Leading PA Handler
Thoroughbred Yearling, Colt
Thoroughbred Yearling, Filly
Non-Thoroughbred Yearling, Colt
Non-Thoroughbred Yearling, Filly
Thoroughbred 2 Year Old, Colt
Thoroughbred 2 Year Old, Filly
Non-Thoroughbred 2 Year Old, Colt
Non-Thoroughbred 2 Year Old, Filly
Thoroughbred 3 Year Old
Non-Thoroughbred 3 Year Old, Stallions & Geldings
Non-Thoroughbred 3 Year Old, Mares
Mare Suitable to Produce
Best Young Horse
Young Hunter Under Saddle
Starting at 4:30 p.m.
"Devon at Sunset"
Hackney/Harness Pony - Amateur
Country Pleasure Driving
Hackney Horse - Open
Roadster Pony - Amateur
Three Gaited Show Pleasure - Adult
Three Gaited - Amateur
Hackney Pony - Amateur
Park Horse - Open
Country Pleasure - Adult
Fine Harness - Amateur
Roadster Horse - Open
Friesian Pleasure - Amateur
Five Gaited - Amateur
$100,000 Grand Prix of Devon
McDevitt Style Award