When: The Devon Horse Show and County Fair opens Thursday and runs through Sunday, June 3. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily except Sunday, which is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Route 30 and Dorset Rd., Devon.
What it costs: General admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and $5 for senior citizens over 65. Reserved seating is available.
Tickets: For ticket information, call 610-688-2554 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the ticket office at the show.
For more information: Go to www.thedevonhorseshow.org/ Parking: Limited parking available in a lot at Rte. 30 & Dorset. Price hasn't been set yet, but it will be at least $10 per vehicle. Several nearby business and residents rent parking spots on their properties at varying rates. On weekends, parking is free at the Devon SEPTA station across from the show grounds. Capacity is limited.
Getting there: If you live near SEPTA's R5 line, that's probably the most painless way of going to the show.
Some highlights of the show's schedule:
Thursday: Opening day features Hunter Pony Breeding Classes and Equitation.
Friday: Daytime session features Pony Hunter, Equitation and Junior Hunters. Evening session features a Junior Jumper Class and Barrel Racing/Pony Jumper Relay.
Saturday: The Junior Jumper Championship followed by the Horse Hunt Teams and Family Class highlight the evening program.
Next Sunday: The Antique Carriage Pleasure Drive, showing restored vehicles, arrives at the Show grounds about 2:00 P.M. A Jumper Class will highlight the evening session as well as Dressage Musical Kur.
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day presents classes from each division. In the morning, new Young Jumper classes will be featured. The afternoon session features an Open Jumper Class and a Scurry Driving Class in which pairs of horses (hitched to four-wheeled vehicles) race through an obstacle course. The evening performance features Adult Jumpers, Coaching as well as Pair Pony Driving.
Tuesday, May 29: Classes are varied and range from Hunters to Driving Horses and a continuation of the Young Jumper classes. The evening has Open Jumpers, Coaching, the annual Police Competition and a Border Collie Herding Demonstration.
Wednesday, May 30: Morning session features Regular, Green Conformation and Green Hunter Stakes and Championship classes. Ladies Side Saddle opens the afternoon session. Evening session features Coaching competition, Open Jumpers, a variety of driving and gaited classes as well as a Border Collie Herding Demonstration.
Thursday, May 31: Breeding classes both morning and afternoon. The Devon Grand Prix in the evening offers $75,000 in prize monies. The finest jumping horses and riders compete in this event. Evening also features a Border Collie Herding Demonstration.
Friday, June 1: Championships of various divisions are awarded throughout the day – Hackney Pony, Coaching, American Saddlebred, Friesian and Fine Harness. Evening session features Carriage Racing and the final class will feature Open Jumper-Gamblers' Choice.
Saturday, June 2: Local and Amateur/ Owner Hunters, Roadsters, Single Hackneys and American Saddlebred competitions are featured. The evening session includes a $50,000 Open Jumper Stake, the Leading Open Jumper Rider Award and Carriage Racing.
Sunday, June 3: Local Hunter classes highlight the final day.