Disclosure: I was provided tickets to the Devon Horse Show to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Today the fam and I attended the 2015 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair in Devon, PA. The 119th Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the nation’s largest and oldest multi-breed horse show, and has raised over $10 million for Bryn Mawr Hospital since it’s inception in 1896.
It was a gorgeous, sunny day in Devon. My kids were beyond excited as we made our way to the show grounds, and even MORE excited when they got their first glimpse of the gorgeous ponies and elegant junior riders in the Dixon Circle. Luckily, we arrived just in time for the pony jumper exhibition, which the kids and I found incredibly exciting.
After watching several events, the call of blooming onions, cotton candy and carnival rides got the best of us and we made our way to The Midway for some country fair fun.
The kiddos couldn’t get enough of the carousel and ferris wheel, and thoroughly enjoyed their first introduction to the glorious world of blooming onions. After a few more spins on the carousel, we decided it was time for a ‘real’ lunch. I was delighted to discover the Tea Cart’s delicious mint iced tea and yummy tea sandwiches, while my daughter and niece crammed their faces full of decadent chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. We sampled the famous Devon Fries (yes, they were as delicious as we’d heard…and then some) and the kids shared a cheeseburger before we decided we were, in fact, finally full.
After lunch, we strolled through the vendor area and browsed through the gorgeous items for sale. From stunning handmade saddles and custom boots to beautiful clothing from Anthropologie and gorgeous gifts from pucciManuli (don’t even get me started on how much I love pucciManuli….did somebody say Eric & Christopher pillows?), the shopping at the Horse Show was pretty fabulous. I would have spent all afternoon browsing each stall in depth, but my kids were not super interested in shopping when there were still more games to play and carousels to ride!
We eventually made our way back to the Dixon Oval to watch the 4-5 year-old Leadline class. The children dazzled while their beautifully dressed handlers led the perfectly groomed ponies around the oval. It was really fun to see, and I think it definitely inspired the little ones to pursue an interest in riding.
After the kiddos waved goodbye to each and every pony in the oval, we headed home…after purchasing some famous Devon Horse Show Fudge, of course! Our first trip to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair was so much fun, and we can’t wait to come back again next year (or next weekend).
The Devon Horse Show runs through May 31. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair website. Stay up to date on the latest show information on Facebook and Twitter.