The ASHA is Supporting and Promoting Our Breed at Historic Devon Horse Show
Published Date: May 24, 2019
Smokin Joe Fraiser with Kirby Tapper, Photo Anthony Dellacroce
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is proud to support and promote the American Saddlebred at the Devon Horse Show and County Fair this year. The ASHA looks forward to being onsite to assist in promoting the breed, supporting our Pennsylvania Saddlebred Horse Association Charter Club and working with the US Equestrian Marketing team to provide more coverage and education on the American Saddlebred on USEF Network.
We are honored to work alongside the dedicated members of the Saddlebred Friends of Devon and their Show Committee who have diligently worked to make the Saddlebred experience at Devon exceptional. A special thank you to members Janet Crawford Hicks, Tara Wentz Goosley, Ashley Russo and Carson Kressley for the time and knowledge they have contributed to making the ASHA’s return to Devon a success. The new leadership of the ASHA recognized the great significance of the Devon Horse Show early on in our strategic planning and are thrilled to be increasing our involvement this year.
Through the efforts of our Marketing team and our members, the ASHA is assisting to bring live commentary back to the Saddlebred divisions on USEF Network’s Live Stream. We look forward to bringing this extended coverage during the Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon sessions. In addition, we will be providing a plethora of coverage of the breed promotional efforts going on at the show and the community engagement that thrives around the Dixon Oval.
CH The Bluesmaster, Photo Brenda Carpenter
The Devon Horse Show and County Fair is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse shows in the country. Originating in 1896 as a way for the affluent horse breeders on the revered Philadelphia “Main Line” to compare their breeding programs it quickly graduated from the front lawn of the Devon Inn to becoming one of the nation’s most prestigious equine competitions. American Saddlebreds and Hackneys were always a large part of the event and dominated the class entries until after World War I. A few of the American Saddlebred legends that graced the Devon Oval in the past were Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champions CH Wing Commander (22591S*)and CH Sky Watch (69166S*).
CH Sky Watch, Photo Doug Shiflet
Today, the show enjoys an average attendance of 125,000 a year and has contributed over $15 million in charitable donations to the area’s Bryn Mawr Hospital. The ASHA is thrilled to get the opportunity to increase the efforts to #SharetheSaddlebred at the Devon Horse Show and County Fair. The opportunity to promote the American Saddlebred horse at the Devon Horse Show to the local is one we celebrate. This a great location and event to introduce, educate and entertain massive crowds with our wonderful breed.
More Devon History provided by Tara Wentz Goosley