The $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing is returning to the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair on Sunday, May 27, in Devon Pennsylvania. Riders will take on a course of show jumps and cross country fences under the lights in the iconic Dixon Oval and Wheeler Ring.
Here is your first look at the horses and riders slated to compete:
- Tracey Bienemann and Geoni
- Cary Chavis and Game On
- Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH
- Phillip Dutton and Sportsfield Candy
- Phillip Dutton and The Manager
- Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me
- Lisa Marie Fergusson and LandLunar
- Justine Dutton and Huck Finn
- Emily Hamel and Corvett
- Ema Klugman and Bendigo
- Ema Klugman and Joker’s Win
- Boyd Martin and Contestor
- Boyd Martin and Kyra
- Missy Miller and Quinn
- Hillary Moses and Zanadoo
- Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux
- Erika Nesler and Right Above It
- Taryn Nolte and Cleverly
- Holly Payne Caravella and CharmKing
- Colleen Rutledge and Confidence Game
- Colleen Rutledge and Shiraz
- Liz Stewart and Elusive
- Tayler Stewart and Ideal Contini
- Chris Talley and Sandro’s Star
- Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills
- Allie Sacksen and Sparrow’s Nio
(Competitors: If you are planning to compete but not yet listed on Devon’s entry status, let us know and we will add you to the list here on EN.)
Capt. Mark Phillips’ course will run across 1,000 meters with 25 total fences: 15 cross country fences and 10 show jumps. All show jumps will be set at a maximum height of 1.20 meters, with a maximum height of 1.15 meters for cross country fences.
A rail down will incur 5 faults, with 10 faults for a first refusal and elimination for a second refusal. One time fault will be given for every four seconds over the time allowed.
The top 12 pairs after the first round, or all clear rounds, will be eligible for the jump-off in the Dixon Oval. The fastest time in the jump off will take home the win and $15,000 in prize money.
“I think it works really well from a horse and rider’s point of view in terms of the fact that they are not going too fast the the first time around. In the second time around, you’ve got the best horses and riders. That is what makes arena eventing so exciting,” Capt. Mark Phillips said.
“The advantage that Devon has is the use of the two arenas. You have more scope there to do more interesting things on the course than you do at (venues that have) a much smaller arena, like in Toronto or New York.
Last year, Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Rubens D’Ysieux took the win in the inaugural running of the class, and they are returning this year to defend the title.
Thank you to Saltworks, National Bank of Malvern, and Archer & Buchanan Architecture for sponsoring the $50,000 Devon Arena Eventing.